Solution Mining Research Institute

The Solution Mining Research Institute (SMRI) is a research and educational organization focused on solution mining. The organization is supported by more than 150 dues-paying member organizations from around the world.

What is Solution Mining?

SMRI views solution mining as mining of underground, water-soluble minerals, usually using one or more drilled wells to dissolve the minerals with water (not by using acids used in metal ore leaching). Minerals such as salt, potash, trona, and magnesium salts may be produced by pumping saturated fluid from underground caverns. The caverns are created by pumping out the saturated 'brine' while pumping in fresh water as a controlled production process. The minerals are then recovered from the saturated fluid by recrystallization. Completed salt caverns are commonly used for underground storage of natural gas, crude oil, other hydrocarbons or chemicals, and are now viewed as a possible energy storage solution for green energy! The caverns used for storage are more valuable than the minerals produced during cavern development.

SMRI Objectives and Plan

  • Fund and manage research which is focused on solution mining industry needs  
  • Hold 2 technical conferences per year, one in Europe and one in North America, with optional technical classes and field trips
  • Maintain an online library of technical papers, research reports, etc., as the prime information source for solution mining and cavern storage
  • Provide information to aid the development of effective government regulations 

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