Freeland, WA 5147 Honeymoon Bay Road

Norton Mine CAES Project

Hydrodynamics, with Sandia National Laboratories, investigated the Norton Mine for a five year period to characterize and analysis the mine for CAES performance.  Our complex and extensive research program included:

  • Geologic Mine Mapping for Integrity
  • Exploratory Coring & Geophysical Borehole Logging
  • Microscope Core Analysis & X-Ray Diffraction Analysis
  • Rock Core Strength & Permeability Analysis
  • In-Situ High Pressure Permeability Testing
  • Finite Element Model of Mine for Stability Under Pressure
  • Air Migration from Mine Face Numerical Modeling
  • In-Situ Stress Measurements & Rock Strength Testing
  • Mine Shaft Ground Penetrating Radar Survey
  • Mine Shaft Spectral Analysis of Surface Waves

Hydrodynamics also provided mine development support services that included:

  • Mine Maintenance & Safety
  • Underground Project Permitting
  • Environmental Site Analysis
  • Geotechnical Soil Foundation Investigation

The results of our research demonstrated the Norton Mine is capable of supporting approximately 2,700 MW of CAES turbo-machinery