December 2006

Special Report: Plant Design and Engineering

Tank farm safety design: Updates

New review queries guidelines and various international codes for tank farm bunds

Swarup, J., Plant Engineering Construction Pte., Ltd.

The hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) uses large storage tanks to manage inventories of raw materials and finished products (Fig. 1). Various international codes define design parameters to ensure the safe and efficient operation of aboveground storage tanks (ASTs). This article discusses specific requirements for petroleum tank-farm bund wall sizing, plot area and associated costs for larger storage facilities (100,000 m3 plus) for ASTs with operating pressures <17 kPa (2.5 psig).  Fig. 1     Aerial view of aboveground storage tanks and bund. Various international codes provide

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