Natural Gas Storage

Types - Technology - Operation - Economics

Who should attend?

  • This course provides an overview of the technical issues of various natural gas storage facilities.
Public :
  • Professionals interested in natural gas storage: engineers, technical managers, technicians, operators.

Level :Knowledge

Prerequisite :
  • In order to be able to follow this training, trainees are asked to fulfill at least one of the criteria below:
  • either a Bac or equivalent level,
  • or a proven professional experience in LNG storage of at least 6 months.

Course Content


      • Why store natural gas? Needs expressed by suppliers, administration and network operators.
      • How? Summary presentation of the different storage systems: depleted reservoirs, aquifers, salt domes.
      • LNG storage tanks, etc.
      • Where? History of underground gas storage, storage sites in Europe and worldwide. Maps and tables by types of storage, per country and stored volumes.
      • Gas storage and its environment: noise, exhaust, surface footprints, landscape integration, local taxes, workforce.

      • Fluid flow in porous media. Reservoir modeling.
      • Depleted reservoirs, aquifers, salt domes, LNG storage tanks.
      • For each type of storage, presentation of development conditions, geological and structural characteristics, their specificities, the inherent hazards, the operational constraints, the repartition of sites throughout the world, etc.

      • Wells: drilling specificities, downhole and surface equipment.
      • Gathering network.
      • Gas compression: why, when and how?
      • Extracted gas treatment: dehydration, sweetening, odorization.
      • Auxiliary equipment: manifolds, instrumentation and control system, safety, treatment of effluents.
      • Metering: primary meter, correctors, data processing.

      • Characteristics of compressors specific to natural gas storage sites: compression ratio, runtime frequency, environment related issues (exhaust gases, noise, etc.), power types.
      • Types of compressor units: driver type (engine, electrical motor, gas turbine, etc.), reciprocating or centrifugal compressor, etc.
      • Comparison between gas turbine and motor drivers, fuel gas and electricity power.

      • At the wellhead: hydrate prevention by heating or methanol injection.
      • In the station: dehydration, sweetening, odorization.
      • For each treatment, presentation of the treatment target, risks, regulation aspects, treatment techniques, common processes used for gas treatment and product regeneration, effluent treatment.

      • Life cycle of a gas storage site.
      • Estimated values for CAPEX and OPEX for each storage type.
      • Pricing of access of third parties to storage facilities in France: analysis of the price breakdown, taking into account constraints and specificities of the storage.
      • Simulation of cost price per kWh, stored or delivered, for common site configurations.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • review features and operating conditions of natural gas storage facilities,
  • learn about gas storage equipment specificities: wells, manifolds, compression, auxiliary equipment, etc.,
  • understand gas treatment techniques applied to extraction from storage in order to conform to specifications,
  • grasp fundamental issues of natural gas storage economics and third-party access.

Ways & Means

  • Highly interactive training by industry-specialist lecturers.
  • Numerous applications and illustrations.
To French entities : IFP Training is referenced to DataDock ; you may contact your OPCO about potential funding.
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