EXPERTS IN UNDERGROUND SAFETY. WE TEST ASSUMPTIONS.

RESPEC’s world-renowned team of award-winning engineers and scientists has a global reputation for ensuring safety and efficiency in designing underground storage for liquid hydrocarbons, natural gas, hydrogen, compressed air, and industrial wastes.

Through outstanding contract performance, sound management and quality practices, and the application of appropriate technology, RESPEC has achieved a worldwide reputation as the premier technical services provider preferred by the cavern-storage industry. RESPEC is one of the only organizations that can provide services in all three areas of engineering problem-solving: analysis, laboratory testing, and field testing. Serving both private- and public-sector clients, our professional team is specialized in mining; blasting; and solid, fluid, thermal, and structural mechanics. RESPEC provides services to support developing the highest quality mined-rock and solution-mined caverns to store various products.

Almost 50 years of experience in the industry have added substantial know-how to our cavern storage solutions. RESPEC uses numerical models extensively to describe the behavior of rock and earth structures. Interpreting these models provides more accurate predictions of the response of the rock and fluids to natural or manmade disturbances. Our geological team understands that computational models alone are of limited usefulness unless they are supported by valid material property data. To ensure valid data, RESPEC uses our state-of-the-art Materials Testing Laboratory and verifies against field tests. RESPEC’s team routinely performs correct interpretation for design analysis, based on a clear understanding of underlying assumptions and limitations.  Our staff of highly qualified and experienced professionals uses proven techniques and innovative thinking to support underground cavern design for safe storage.

  • RESPEC capabilities include:

    • Geologic Characterization
    • Hydrologic Characterization
    • Rock Testing
    • Field Instrumentation
    • Structural, Thermal, Thermodynamic, and Hydrological Analyses
    • Subsidence Analyses
    • Drilling Management
    • Core Logging
    • Mine Design
    • Blast Design
    • Ground Control

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Founded in 1969, RESPEC is a global leader in geoscience, engineering, data, and integrated technology solutions for major industry sectors.

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Mining & Energy

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Related Projects

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Cavern Roof Stability for Natural-Gas Storage Caverns in Bedded Salt

Developing a design criterion to assess and prevent roof collapse in natural-gas storage caverns in bedded salt.
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Geomechanical Evaluation of Brine Production Caverns in a Gulf Coast Salt Dome

Conducting a geomechanical investigation to determine if mining operations in closely spaced caverns could continue to be mined safely.
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Jurong Rock Storage Caverns

Performing various hydrological tests and modeling to provide support for an underground storage cavern facility.
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NYSEG Compressed Air Energy Storage

Design of a salt cavern for compressed air energy storage at Seneca Lake, NY
NYSEG

Salt Damage Criterion Proof-of-Concept Research

Demonstrating the use of a new design criterion based on salt damage to determine the minimum gas pressure for storing natural gas in salt caverns.
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Storage of Chilled Natural-Gas in Bedded Salt Storage Caverns

Evaluating chilled natural-gas storage in bedded salt storage caverns. 
Bedded Salt

Zhuhai Rock Storage Caverns

Conducting hydrogeologic modeling and providing support for storage caverns in mountainous granite.
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Our Experts

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Kerry DeVries
Vice President, Mining & Energy

Kerry.DeVries@respec.com

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Joel Nieland
Manager, Cavern Geomechanics

Joel.Nieland@respec.com