BS EN 1918-4:2016 - Gas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for storage in rock caverns

BS EN 1918-4:2016

Gas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for storage in rock caverns

Status : Current, Under review   Published : March 2016



This European Standard covers the functional recommendations for design, construction, testing, commissioning, operation, maintenance and abandonment of underground gas storage (UGS) facilities in mined rock caverns up to and including the wellhead.

This European Standard does not cover the technology of lined rock.


Even if not covered in this standard, the lined rock is an available technology.

This European Standard specifies practices which are safe and environmentally acceptable.

For necessary surface facilities for underground gas storage, EN 1918‑5 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 1918-4:2016
TitleGas infrastructure. Underground gas storage. Functional recommendations for storage in rock caverns
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date31 March 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)EN 1918-5
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN ISO 10424-2, EN ISO 10427-2, EN ISO 11960, EN ISO 13500, ISO 13535, ISO 13501, EN ISO 10424-1, EN ISO 10432, EN ISO 14310, EN ISO 16070, EN ISO 17078, EN ISO 15463, ISO 10870, ISO 28781, ISO 17824, CEN/TR 13737-2, CEN/TR 13737-1, ISO 10414-1, ISO/TR 10400, EN 14505, EN ISO 13533, EN ISO 10405, ISO 10416, EN ISO 11961, EN ISO 10427-3, ISO 10946, ISO 10945, EN ISO 10870, EN 13509, EN ISO 10423, EN 15112, EN ISO 13534, EN ISO 10417, EN 1127-1, EN ISO 10427-1, ISO 5596, BS EN 12954:2019, EN 12954:2019
ReplacesBS EN 1918-4:1998
International RelationshipsEN 1918-4:2016
Draft Superseded By14/30298602 DC
DescriptorsStorage facilities, Gas storage, Service pressure, Holes, Liquefied petroleum gas, Emergency measures, Natural gas, Fossil fuels, Stability, Gas supply, Geological analysis, Rocks, Pipelines, Site investigations, Inspection, Design, Maintenance, Gas technology, Underground structures, Environmental management, Geomorphology
Title in FrenchInfrastructures gazières. Stockage souterrain de gaz. Recommandations fonctionnelles pour le stockage en cavités minées
Title in GermanGasinfrastruktur. Untertagespeicherung von Gas. Funktionale Empfehlungen für die Speicherung in Felskavernen
ISBN978 0 580 86102 4
File Size1.125 MB

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