API RP 1171


Functional Integrity of Natural Gas Storage in Depleted Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and Aquifer Reservoirs

Published by American Petroleum Institute, 11/01/2022


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API 1171, November 2022 – Functional Integrity of Natural Gas Storage in Depleted Hydrocarbon Reservoirs and Aquifer Reservoirs

API  1171 applies to natural gas storage in depleted oil and gas reservoirs and aquifer reservoirs, and focuses on storage well, reservoir, and fluid management for functional integrity in design, construction, operation, monitoring, maintenance, and documentation practices. The scope does not include pipelines, gas conditioning and liquid handling, compressors, and ancillary facilities associated with storage. Storage design, construction, operation, and maintenance include activities in risk management, site security, safety, emergency preparedness, and procedural documentation and training to embed human and organizational competence in the management of storage facilities. This RP embodies historical knowledge and experience and emphasizes the need for case-by-case and site-specific conditional assessments.

This RP applies to both existing and newly constructed facilities. However, Section 5 and Section 7 apply to new facilities, and facilities undergoing significant expansion. Section 6 applies to new well construction and remediation of a new or existing well. Specific portions of Section 5 and Section 6 may be applicable to existing reservoirs and wells as risk analysis, the availability of new data, or other information or conditions over the life of the facility warrants re-assessment. Figure 1 provides a chart showing the flow of functional integrity assurance activities through the design, operation, and maintenance of storage facilities, with references to the sections within this RP containing guidance for those activities. Applicable distinctions for aquifer facilities are identified within each section as necessary. The term “Replacement,” as used in this document, refers to the complete replacement of a facility unit, as, for example, when an existing well is abandoned and replaced with a new well. This document recommends that operators manage integrity through monitoring, maintenance, and remediation practices and apply specific integrity assessments on a case-by-case basis.

The contents of this RP are not all inclusive or intended to replace the utilization of detailed information and procedures found in textbooks, manuals, technical papers, or other documents.

This document is intended to supplement, but not replace, applicable local, state, and federal regulations.

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Revision 2nd Edition
Document Type PDF
Pages 72
Document Language English
Publisher American Petroleum Institute (API)
Status Current


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