n African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development - Environmental impact of underground natural gas storage

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2042-1338
  • E-ISSN: 2042-1346
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The environmental impact of injecting natural gas in underground reservoirs for storage is presented taking depleted oil/gas reservoirs for consideration. Several information on underground gas storage facilities were gathered, which were the bedrock of the environmental impact analysis. The impact of natural gas in underground reservoirs on the environment include: contamination of atmospheric air with pollutant gases (greenhouse gases emissions), ozone layer depletion by produced gas flaring, pollution of environment by produced water, soil contamination by oil and gas leakages, effect of dumping drilling and production wastes on sites and air/soil/water contamination by the hazardous chemicals used for gas treatment and pipeline transportation. Several control measures were outlined and discussed in this work for the regulation of the impact of underground storage of natural gas. The use of advanced technology and trained manpower plays vital role in improving the environmental safety during the operation of natural gas transportation and storage systems.

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