February 2016

Maintenance and Reliability

Prevent the overfilling of storage tanks

Overfilling storage tanks, especially those with large inventories of toxic or flammable material, has always been a safety concern for site owners and operators.

Dokhkan, A., Jordan Petroleum Refinery Co.

Overfilling storage tanks, especially those with large inventories of toxic or flammable material, has always been a safety concern for site owners and operators. History has shown that overfilling flammable material storage tanks can have extremely serious, and sometimes fatal, consequences. Site owners are facing increased pressure from governments and insurance companies to assess and control the potential risks posed by the large inventories of hazardous materials stored onsite. When addressing overfill protection, one of the first things to consider is an automatic overfill prevention (AOP) system, as defined in API 2350.1 As shown in Fig. 1, an AOP system is a fully automated protecti

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