Developer initiates brine pond construction, prelude to ethylene storage

Caliche Development Partners has started construction on Coastal Caverns' first brine pond, designed to support its 600-million-pound ethylene storage cavern, located atop the Spindletop Dome in Beaumont, Texas.

Mason Construction of Beaumont expects to complete working on the brine pond this coming July, with Caliche planning on an in-service date during the third quarter, providing 600,000 pounds per hour of deliverability to multiple area ethylene pipelines. 

Additionally, Mason has been awarded the foundation work for Coastal Caverns' main storage facility site. The salt cavern storage facilities sit on 53 acres atop Spindletop, with its 345-acre brine pond site fewer than four miles away, Kallanish Energy reports.

The initial phase of the project involves engineering, construction, and customer contracting for ethylene storage service from the existing 5-million-barrel (MMBbl) cavern. When fully developed, Caliche Coastal will provide Gulf Coast natural gas liquids and olefin producers and consumers up to 32 MMBbl of salt cavern storage. 

Houston-based Caliche is backed by private equity firm Energy Spectrum Capital.

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