Federal Contracting (Strategic Storage)

The team has worldwide experience with strategic storage programs involving crude oil and refined products. For 40 years, the team has provided engineering support services for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the world’s largest strategic crude oil stockpile. The SPR presently includes four salt dome storage sites with a combined capacity of 700 million barrels. Additionally, the team has held security clearances up to the Top Secret level.


Since 1977, the team has provided continuous technical support services for surface and subsurface facilities to the US Department of Energy’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Program. Among other tasks, they recently developed plans and design concepts for a southeastern Regional Petroleum Products Reserve (RPPR) that would be hosted in both salt caverns and above ground tank farms. They also developed plans for a West Coast Products Reserve.
Lane Power & Energy Solutions, Inc. supported the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP) management & operations (M&O) contractor in developing a formal strategy for the expansion of disposal capacity at the WIPP site in Carlsbad, New Mexico. LPES participated in two workshop sessions held at WIPP in January 2018. These sessions arose out of a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) request to address recommendations made by the General Accounting Office (GAO) in its report titled “Proposed Dilute and Dispose Approach Highlights Need for More Work at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant” (GAO-17-390), September 2017.  The sessions were also designed to address guidance provided by the U. S. Senate in report 115-125 which instructed DOE to prepare a strategic plan for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) for Disposal Capacity within 180 days of the enactment of the FY2018 Appropriations Act.

Our technical experts participated in Mining Method and Panel Design workshop sessions to explore ideas for the creation of alternate designs for potential new waste storage areas at WIPP. These experts included both Executive Vice President Tim Reichwein and Vice President Construction Stephen Cormier.