The Underground Gas Storage (UGS) Industry may be wondering, “What can we expect in 2018 and beyond?” The industry is already facing adherence to new regulations, and compliance with the integrated API RP’s 1170 and 1171 into those regulations. The question may be, how will the new regulations be implemented and addressed by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) in the coming months and years and the effects on the industry.
This paper explores the history and current status of UGS in the United States (U.S.), the new API RP requirements, and how PHMSA is handling the implementation of the new regulations. Well Integrity is also discussed to explore its progress in recent years due to other major upstream incidents that have occurred and the current status of Well Integrity. It closes with a look forward to potential future developments for the industry.