January 2004

Special Report: Gas Processing Developments

Select the correct LNG storage tank for your facility

Critical factors to consider in design options

Agrawal, D., Marathon Oil Co.

Early in the design phase of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export and import project, storage tank selection can be a quandary. The owner and contractor must scrutinize the situation and make the correct choice for that particular facility location and design. For some, the answer is straightforward, but for others it can be an involved decision process. Tanks.The LNG industry accepts European Standard EN1473 for the definition of LNG storage tanks by containment type, i.e., single, double and full containment. 1This definition comes from analyzing an LNG spill caused by a fissure in the inner LNG tank. In single containment tanks (Fig. 1), neither the spilled LNG nor

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