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Title: Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) geological site characterization report, Big Hill Salt Dome

Geological and geophysical analyses of the Big Hill Salt Dome were performed to determine the suitability of this site for use in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Development of 140 million barrels (MMB) of storage capacity in the Big Hill Salt Dome is planned as part of the SPR expansion to achieve 750 MMB of storage capacity. Objectives of the study were to: (1) Acquire, evaluate, and interpret existing data pertinent to geological characterization of the Big Hill Dome; (2) Characterize the surface and near-surface geology and hydrology; (3) Characterize the geology and hydrology of the overlying cap rock; (4) Define the geometry and geology of the dome; (5) Determine the feasibility of locating and constructing 14 10-MMB storage caverns in the south portion of the dome; and (6) Assess the effects of natural hazards on the SPR site. Recommendations are included. (DMC)
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6159294
Report Number(s):
SAND-81-1045
ON: DE82001834
DOE Contract Number:
AC04-76DP00789
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Research Org:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
02 PETROLEUM; 58 GEOSCIENCES; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; SALT CAVERNS; GEOLOGY; HYDROLOGY; STORAGE FACILITIES; HAZARDS; SITE SELECTION; STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE; TEXAS; EARTHQUAKES; FLOODS; GEOLOGIC FAULTS; GEOMETRY; GROUND SUBSIDENCE; HURRICANES; LAND USE; LITHOLOGY; MAPS; PETROLEUM; RECOMMENDATIONS; SOILS; STRATIGRAPHY; TOPOGRAPHY; CAVITIES; DISASTERS; ENERGY SOURCES; FOSSIL FUELS; FUELS; GEOLOGIC STRUCTURES; MATHEMATICS; NORTH AMERICA; RESERVES; RESOURCES; SEISMIC EVENTS; SOUTHWEST REGION; STORMS; USA; 024000* - Petroleum- Storage- (-1989); 580100 - Geology & Hydrology- (-1989); 510500 - Environment, Terrestrial- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989)