Tuz Lake Natural Gas Underground Storage Project
Salt Lake Natural Gas Underground Storage Project is about 40 km from Salt Lake. it is carried out in Sultanhani district of Aksaray province.
Within the scope of the project, thick layers of salt were found in the first studies carried out by TPAO in the region and the availability of the region for storage purposes was investigated. In 2000, 3D seismic studies, two research drillings and core analyses were carried out in the region within the basic engineering studies. In the light of the information obtained, it has been determined that salt layers in the region can be used for storage purposes.
The project is being implemented in The Sultanhani district of Aksaray, about 40 kilometres south of Tuz Lake. The two-part project will be able to store 5.4 billion cubic meters of gas by 2023 when it is fully operational. When the project is completed, it will be the world’s largest storage facility created in salt structures with total capacity. The Salt Lake Natural Gas Storage and Expansion Project is financed by a $2 billion loan from the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank. When the storage facility is fully implemented, security of supply will be ensured in accordance with hourly, daily, and seasonal needs. Surplus gas can be sent to warehouses. It will be given to the system when demand is high. The project is also said to be important in case of failure.
Within the scope of the project, which costs 17.8 billion TL, a total natural gas storage capacity of 5.4 billion m3 will be reached, the first part of which is 1.2 billion m3 for security of supply. Thus, the risks against seasonal demand fluctuations and interruption of supply sources will be reduced. As of the end of 2017, the project has reached a storage capacity of 0.35 billion m3.