ERE5.3

Within the last decades, the know-how of mining, cavern operation and waste storage in salt has improved intensely which has led to a considerable increase in the range of available technical options.
The unique characteristic of salt often calls for specific techniques for analytical and field investigations as well as for experimental and numerical simulations. In order to identify, discuss and evaluate developments in view of the existing challenges for scientific research with regard to the usage of salt deposits, a joint focus of both the industry and science is essential.
The session welcomes contributions presenting studies and applications of the numerous aspects related to subsurface reservoir exploitation, solution mining, cavern operation, salt usage, and waste disposal in salt deposits – from “still under debate” to “tested and practiced”.
This includes geophysical, geomechanical, hydrological, and geochemical investigations as well as modelling approaches and geotechnical advances in the broad context of process understanding and monitoring which contributes to environmental and work safety and a sustainable utilization of salt deposits.

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Convener: Bettina Strauch | Co-conveners: Sebastian Eckert, Mathias Nest
Within the last decades, the know-how of mining, cavern operation and waste storage in salt has improved intensely which has led to a considerable increase in the range of available technical options.
The unique characteristic of salt often calls for specific techniques for analytical and field investigations as well as for experimental and numerical simulations. In order to identify, discuss and evaluate developments in view of the existing challenges for scientific research with regard to the usage of salt deposits, a joint focus of both the industry and science is essential.
The session welcomes contributions presenting studies and applications of the numerous aspects related to subsurface reservoir exploitation, solution mining, cavern operation, salt usage, and waste disposal in salt deposits – from “still under debate” to “tested and practiced”.
This includes geophysical, geomechanical, hydrological, and geochemical investigations as well as modelling approaches and geotechnical advances in the broad context of process understanding and monitoring which contributes to environmental and work safety and a sustainable utilization of salt deposits.