April 2011 Vol. 238 No. 4

Features

Accurate Brine Measurement Guides Gas Storage Cavern Development

Dave Thompson’s search for the best non-contact flow meter for really challenging liquids began at Freeport LNG’s natural gas storage facility on Oyster Creek on the Texas gulf shore. “Three years ago I was with Sub Surface Group as its manager of field operations,” he said. “We were on board to create a salt dome storage facility for natural gas using a solution mining process. The operation was already under way and we were using a combination of meters to measure flow. Of course, wet meters are a problem because anything that is touching brine is subject to corrosion and because of the scaling nature of the salt that collects on surface, plugs or

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