May 2000

Feedstocks, Products, and Terminals

Use ATG for tank-based custody transfers

The technology is now accurate and reliable enough for these applications

Sivaraman, S., SS Tech Services; Sakai, A., SNKK

It is an appropriate time to switch to automatic tank gauging (ATG) as the primary measurement device for tank-based custody transfers. However, for acceptance, there must be a fundamental change in industry attitude, a change in measurement culture and philosophy and - last but not the least - a decisive commitment to change. Without these essentials, the existing philosophy (of manual gauging) will continue to dominate custody transfers and retard progress. The national and international standards organizations, local customs and standards bodies, as well as the internal audit and controllers, can and must initiate

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