Vortex Energy identifies at least two salt structures suitable for hydrogen storage

Vortex Energy Corp. along with its contracted consultant partners, has completed an analysis of the previously announced 2D seismic interpretation on the Robinsons River Salt Project (the “Project”), Newfoundland, Canada locating at least two salt structures prospective for halite exploration, the mineral form of sodium chloride or road salt, and potentially suitable for hydrogen salt dome cavern development.

Seismic and gravity surveys have located salt structures below the property. Salt caverns exceeding a storage volume of 2 million m3 per cavern can be developed.

At least two major salt structures that are potentially suitable for cavern development are identified within the property. The maximum thickness of the salt strata is identified to be 1,700-1,800 meters in both salt structures.

RESPEC recommends that core wells be drilled at the locations where the salt is the thickest. RESPEC is currently working on creating a 3D geological model of salt structures. The 3D model will show the core well locations, potential dimensions of the salt caverns, and the number of salt caverns that can be developed within the property.

This significant discovery is expected to play a pivotal role in advancing the hydrogen economy, providing a viable and sustainable solution for energy storage and transportation. The salt domes, located in a strategic area on the east coast of Canada, have been identified as natural formations with exceptional geological characteristics. Their unique structure and composition make them ideal for storing large quantities of hydrogen gas safely and efficiently. The proximity to major industrial centers and potential hydrogen production sites further enhances their significance in fostering the growth of the hydrogen economy. In May 2023, eight different companies pitched green hydrogen production projects in Newfoundland at the Energy NL Conference.

Paul Sparkes commented, “We are incredibly excited to have two potential salt structures that are suitable for halite exploration, which can potentially be developed into hydrogen salt caverns. As hydrogen gains traction as a clean fuel for various applications, including transportation and industrial processes, the availability of reliable storage facilities becomes paramount. These types of salt domes will act as strategic hubs, facilitation the distribution of hydrogen across the east coast and enabling its use in diverse sections, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions and fostering sustainable economic growth. Vortex will now shift its focus to drill targeting to advance exploration on the property”.

Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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