DOE completes SPR degassing program

The U.S. Energy Department has completed a 2-year program to remove excess natural gas that had accumulated in parts of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Removal of the gas will permit the 563 million bbl SPR, which is held in four salt dome cavern locations along the Gulf Coast, to be drawn down at a rate of nearly 4 million b/d. In 1993, DOE discovered that methane from the surrounding salt formations had intruded into about 172 million bbl of oil that had been stored the longest.

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