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Tank Farm and Storage Tank Design, Inspection Procedure, Operations, Repair and Maintenance

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Course Overview

What is a tank farm? In simple terms, it is a storage of liquids and gases. A tank farm also includes all the equipment used during the storage of liquids and gases. Storage tanks are containers that hold liquids or compressed gases and can be used in reservoirs or manufactured plants.

Storage tanks are available in various shapes and sizes, depending on the nature of liquids or gases they hold. Some storage tanks require floating roofs in addition to the fixed roofs. The floating roofs rise and fall with the level of liquid inside the tank and are considered to be a means to safety and pollution protection.

This Zoe training course will empower you with a detailed understanding and knowledge of tank farms and storage tanks. Through this course, you will thoroughly understand all aspects of liquid and gas storage, with specific expertise to ensure optimal temperature and pressure control as well as extreme safety. This course will provide all that is required to assume higher roles and responsibilities across any industry.

Course Objectives

The primary objective of this training program is to empower professionals with—

  • adequate knowledge and understanding of tank farms and storage tanks
  • the required understanding and skill to manage end-to-end operations at tank farms
  • the knowledge and experience to determine the right shapes, sizes and mechanisms of storage tanks depending on the liquid or gas to be stored
  • the necessary experience and confidence to ensure regular inspections and maintenance of storage tanks to save organisational costs and provide increased safety
  • the awareness and capabilities to apply modern techniques in tank farms to enhance operational efficiency, thereby leading to organisational growth and development
  • the confidence and knowledge to mentor other professionals on best practices related to handling liquids and gases at various temperatures and pressures in storage tanks
  • the awareness and strategic skills to plan storage activities and other related functions, in turn predicting risks and making provisions to address these
  • the overall skill set and capabilities to assume higher roles and responsibilities in managing tank farms in any organisation, thereby increasing the scope for growth and progression

Training Methodology

Training at Zoe Talent Solutions adopts a theoretical-cum-practical approach. The theoretical aspect of the training is delivered through lectures by a highly experienced professional from the relevant domain, using audio-visual presentations. The practical aspect of the training is through group activities, discussions, projects, etc. Role-plays also help trainees interact with the trainer and among each other. The trainer also discusses relevant case studies with the rest of the training group.

This mixed format of training is unique to Zoe Talent Solutions and is called the Do–Review–Learn–Apply Model.

Organisational Benefits

With professionals undertaking this course, their organisations will derive the following benefits:

  • Experienced, trained professionals to ensure seamless end-to-end operations at tank farms
  • Regular inspection and maintenance of storage tanks to ensure longevity and extreme safety
  • Increased safety and organisational credibility because of better maintenance activities
  • Accurate choice of tanks designs and mechanisms as per the desired liquid or gas to be stored
  • Better risk prediction, management and elimination
  • Reduced organisational costs because of increased tank life and lesser risks, thereby leading to organisational growth and development
  • Regular training of existing and new employees on best practices of working at tank farms
  • Application of advanced techniques and concepts related to storage at tank farms
  • Greater investments because of better storage techniques, higher maintenance schedules
  • Maintenance of employee health and safety as per required standards

Personal Benefits

Professionals enrolling for this training course will benefit as follows:

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of tank farms and storage tanks
  • Enhanced skill and confidence to seamlessly manage end-to-end operations at tank farms
  • Increased awareness of modern techniques that can be used at tank farms
  • Increased understanding and knowledge of required standards of safety at tank farms
  • Greater confidence and knowledge to train other professionals on best practices during operations at tank farms
  • Enhanced strategic and analytical skills to check and review storage conditions and future demand thoroughly to ensure that all possible challenges are addressed
  • Greater ability to contribute to reducing organisational costs and risks to employee safety
  • Increased capabilities and experience to make the correct choices of tanks and tank shapes and sizes based on the storage requirements of the organisation
  • Better perspective and attention to detail to carry out regular inspections and maintenance for storage tanks
  • Enhanced skill set and capabilities to undertake higher roles and responsibilities in tank farm operations across any organisation, thus providing greater avenues for career growth

Who Should Attend?

  • Senior management of an organisation responsible for key decision making regarding important functions, expenses, etc.
  • Vendors and suppliers involved in the supply of storage tanks and storage tank-related equipment
  • Operators and engineers performing various functions during storage of liquid and gases and maintenance of storage tanks
  • Managers responsible for overseeing various tank farm operations
  • Auditors and compliance officials responsible for ensuring adherence to required standards
  • Transfer and cargo supervisors responsible for ensuring safe transport of liquid or gases
  • Any other professional interested in knowing more about tank farms and storage tanks

Course Outline

The course covers the following areas important to understand tank farms and storage tanks:

Module 1 – Design Considerations for Tank Farm Layout

  • General considerations
    • Local codes and regulations
    • Client specification
    • Topography
    • Adjacent process units
    • Neighbouring commercial and residential property
    • Maintenance and operation
  • Detail design
    • Identification of storage as per fluid stored
    • Safety considerations/statutory requirements
    • General/plot plan arrangement
    • General piping layout
    • Construction material
  • Other miscellaneous considerations

Module 2 – Tank Terminal Operations

  • Transfer systems
  • Centrifugal pumps
  • Piping systems
  • Emergency response
  • Loading and discharge systems
  • Quality management

Module 3 – General Construction Issues/Critical Points

  • Transportation
  • Qualified Personnel
  • Security
  • Electrical power
  • Water
  • Ventilation of tank fir degassing and occupancy
  • Fuel inventory
  • Dehumidification
  • Sludge disposal
  • Compressed air
  • Laydown areas
  • Communications

Module 4 – Types of Storage Tanks as Per Purpose

  • Industrial fuel storage tanks
  • Industrial chemical storage tanks
  • Industrial oil storage tanks
  • Industrial hot water storage tanks
  • Industrial water and liquid storage tanks
  • Industrial plastic storage tanks
  • Industrial gas storage tanks

Module 5 – Fundamental Conditions Checked During Tank Inspections

  • Overall condition
  • Corrosion levels
  • Damages/cracks/deformations
  • Pitting corrosion and blister formation
  • Tank gauging systems
  • Safety devices
  • Mud/sludge build-up
  • Cargo equipment

Module 6 – Water/Contaminant Removal from Tanks

  • Multipoint water pumping
  • Fuel filtration and polishing
  • Non-entry tank cleaning
  • Physical entry tank cleaning

Module 7 – Tank Cleaning Hazards

  • Fires or explosions
  • Toxic gas and vapour releases
  • Oxygen shortages/other physical dangers
  • Exposure to radiation
  • Environmental contamination

Module 8 – Tank Cleaning Safety Tips

  • Coordination
  • Trained professionals
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Safety procedures

Module 9 – Critical Tank Components Considered for Inspection and Maintenance

  • Tank gauges and monitoring systems
  • High-technology sensors
  • Electronic or mechanical leak detection equipment
  • Corrosion protection equipment
  • Pressurised piping emergency valves
  • Emergency shut-down devices
  • Containment sumps
  • Overall protection devices

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