We've designed and constructed conventionally mined storage facilities for more than 60 years, whether developed in abandoned or depleted mines, or newly constructed in a variety of igneous, metamorphic or sedimentary rock formations. We have developed and streamlined many construction techniques that have set technical standards. We designed and constructed the majority of mined storage caverns in the U.S., in formations ranging from hard igneous and metamorphic rocks to softer shale and siltstone.
In many cases we are able to retrieve historical project records documenting cavern feasibility studies, original construction, investigations and inspections. This level of project documentation helps to reduce costs and save time. saves owner project costs and schedule.
Because we also provide services related to facility operations, we approach design engineering with a focus on constructability and operability. WSP has engineered and managed the drilling and casing of over 600 shafts with drilled diameters ranging from three to ten feet, for a cumulative drilled length of more than 580,000 feet.