BS EN 1918-5:2016 - Gas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for surface facilities

BS EN 1918-5:2016

Gas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for surface facilities

Status : Current   Published : March 2016



This European Standard covers the functional recommendations for the design, construction, testing, commissioning, operation, maintenance and abandonment of the surface facilities for underground gas storage (UGS), between the wellhead and the connection to the gas grid.

It specifies practices which are safe and environmentally acceptable.

For necessary subsurface facilities for underground storage, the relevant part of EN 1918‑1 to EN 1918‑4 applies.

In this context, "gas" is any hydrocarbon fuel:

  • which is in a gaseous state at a temperature of 15 °C and under a pressure of 0,1 MPa (this includes natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The stored product is also named fluid);

  • which meets specific quality requirements in order to maintain underground storage integrity, performance, environmental compatibility and fulfils contractual requirements.

This European Standard specifies common basic principles for underground gas storage facilities. Users of this European Standard should be aware that more detailed standards and/or codes of practice exist. A non-exhaustive list of relevant standards can be found in Annex A.

This European Standard is intended to be applied in association with these national standards and/or codes of practice and does not replace them.

In the event of conflicts in terms of more restrictive requirements in the national legislation/regulation with the requirements of this European Standard, the national legislation/regulation takes precedence as illustrated in CEN/TR 13737 (all parts).


CEN/TR 13737 (all parts) contains:

  • clarification of relevant legislation/regulations applicable in a country;

  • if appropriate, more restrictive national requirements;

  • national contact point for the latest information.

This European Standard is not intended to be applied retrospectively to existing facilities.

Standard NumberBS EN 1918-5:2016
TitleGas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for surface facilities
Publication Date31 March 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 1918-1, EN 1918-2, EN 1918-3, EN 1918-4
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
ReplacesBS EN 1918-5:1998
International RelationshipsEN 1918-5:2016
Draft Superseded By14/30298608 DC
DescriptorsGas storage, Gas supply, Gas technology, Natural gas, Fossil fuels, Underground structures, Storage facilities, Liquefied petroleum gas, Filling, Extraction, Leaching, Sodium chloride, Rock salt, Holes, Design, Safety measures, Occupational safety, Commissioning, Maintenance, Environmental management
Title in FrenchInfrastructures gazières. Stockage souterrain de gaz. Recommandations fonctionnelles pour les installations de surface
Title in GermanGasinfrastruktur. Untertagespeicherung von Gas. Funktionale Empfehlungen für Übertageanlagen
ISBN978 0 580 86104 8
File Size1.099 MB

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