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					     The Solution Mining Research
            Institute (SMRI)
       Contemporary Research
                Projects
          Pipeline Research and Development
                        Forum
                    Washington, DC
                 December 11-12, 2003

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                         SMRI History
  • Brine Cavity Research Group formed in 1959
    – 11 companies
  • SMRI, Inc. formed in 1965
  • Membership today
      – 44 US - 49 European - 8 other areas
      – 22 brine producers, 33 storage companies,
        26 service /consulting companies,
        23 consultants/educators/govt labs
        1 regulator

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                 SMRI Organization

  • Four Employees
      –   Executive Director
      –   Assistant Executive Director
      –   European Coordinator
      –   Research Coordinator
  • Annual budget ~ $250,000


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    SMRI Historic Research Activities
  • Solution Mining (physics and modeling)
      – 35% of all projects
      – SalGas software
  • Subsidence
      – 18% of all projects
      – Salt Subsid software
  • Geomechanics
      – 10% of all projects

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            SMRI Research Projects
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                66 - 70   71 - 75   76 - 80      81 - 85      86 - 90   91 - 95   96 - 00
                                              Time Interval




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             Contemporary Projects
  • State-of-the-Art Reviews
      – Gas Cavern MITs
      – Brine Corrosion
      – Hydrate Formation
  • Technology Manuals
      – Locating Abandoned Wells
      – Cavern Seals
  • Multi-Project Programs – Cavern Sealing &
    Abandonment
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                         New RFPs

   • Mechanical Integrity Tests for Gas and Liquid
     Caverns
   • Cavern Sealing & Abandonment Field Test
   • Cavern Shut-in Data Collection
   • Cavern Sealing Technology Manual
   • Sealing and Abandonment Issues in Bedded
     Salt Caverns

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       Example SMRI Research Project

               Cavern Sealing and
                 Abandonment
           A multi-contract Research Program




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           The SMRI CS&A Program
  • CS&A Advisory Committee
      – Operators, Researchers, Regulators
  • Program Researchers
      – GdF, Ecole Polytechnique, RESPEC, University
        of Hannover, KBB, Professor John Stormont,
        IbeWa
  • Program Completion and final report in 2002


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       Why are cavern wells different
            than O&G Wells?
  • Cavern wells have much larger casings than
    oil and gas wells
  • Cavern fluid pressure rises after well
    plugging




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    Typical Sealed Cavern Pressures
                                   600


                                                   Well No. 12
                                   500             Well No. 17
         Wellhead Pressure (psi)




                                   400



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                                   100



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                                         0   200            400        600          800   1000   1200
                                                             Time Since Shut-In (Days)


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                 Cavern Leak Paths




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        The Sealed Cavern Paradigm

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        The Complex Sealed Cavern
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         Complex Coupling in CS&A




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                     SMRI Program
  • State-of-the-art bibliography compilation
  • Salt permeability testing ( and expert review of
     results)
  • Bench-scale casing shoe testing
  • Geomechanical modeling
  • Acquisition of cavern pressurization field test
     results

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    Ecole Polytechnique Permeability
                 Tests




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       RESPEC Bench-Scale Casing
                Shoe




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           SMRI Contact Information

  • Website – www.solutionmining.org
  • Executive Director –
    nheitmann@solutionmining.org
  • Research Director – Ratigan@PBWorld.com
    or Ratiganj@aol.com



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