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Storage Tanks

Storage Tanks

What is an API inspection?

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Have You Established a Safety Culture?

To save lives, a safety culture must be created to include the water tank, fire protection system, tank owners, and those who perform work on the tank.

Water Tanks Require Attention

Owners are responsible for addressing repair & maintenance issues with tanks

Fire System Maintenance Starts at the Tank

Tanks must have an adequate water supply and be properly maintained so that they are working during emergencies.

Mandatory API Tank Inspections

Regulations for storing chemical or oils are a lot stricter than for water storage — for obvious reasons.  After all, water is not going to catch fire and explode, potentially releasing toxins into the environment.

What Causes Storage Tanks to Collapse?

An oil tank could be working just fine. However, if it’s struck by lightning, a catastrophe could be imminent, particularly if the tank has not been grounded.

How Floating Roof Storage Tanks Work

An internal floating roof's purpose is to create a seal between the tank and the atmosphere. Sealing a tank leaves no gap through which to distribute foam. Foam can be pumped in through a manhole.

6 Considerations for an Effective Pre-Plan

Pre-plans for fire emergencies must be continually edited and updated.

Kansas Refinery's First-Tier Fire Training Field

The 10-acre training field comes complete with a combination multiple-story burn building and high angle rope rescue prop, a four-level simulated process unit, and a 24-foot diameter bulk storage tank.

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Proper API Storage Tank Maintenance

With tanks, original blueprints and drawings should be kept as reference points. These documents can be used to compare notes and measurements such as steel thickness.

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