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Volume 15, Issue 2
Published: April 11, 2019
Leak measurement system allows better operator decision-making

Some may think that a leak in an aboveground tank would be easy to detect, however, small leaks in large tanks are in fact very difficult to detect.
Leaks in the sidewall are obvious and easily detectable with a visual inspection because of heavy sidewall and floor loading; bottom leaks normally do not appear on the surface but go into the soil beneath the tank. Operators of storage tanks need and want to know if their tanks are leaking. Some of the most important reasons to leak test tanks are:
• Limit economic impact due to under tank releases. Minimising leaks and their effects has the benefit of limiting a company’s losses and cleanup costs along with reducing future liabilities.
• Verify that tank repairs have not left an undetected problem. Though API 653 requires tightness testing, most of the methods used after tank repair can and do miss significant tank floor problems. Some of the worst leaks are after a failure in tank repair.
• Periodic leak testing can extend the period of API 653 inspections. The regulating authorities regularly accept SPCC plans with leak testing to justify longer time between tank entry type inspection.

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Two stage vapour control systems for ultra-low VOCs emission
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Leak measurement system allows better operator decision-making
Some may think that a leak in an aboveground tank would be easy to detect, however, small leaks in large tanks are in fact very difficult to detect...
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Water jet cutting technique saved refinery time & money
A UK water jet cutting company achieved a first after completing a water jet cutting service in Nigeria...
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Lowtank: A transition to safer methods
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The terminal of tomorrow
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