The American Petroleum Institute (API) has published an updated version of API 2350, the standard providing guidance for the safe implementation of overfill prevention systems.
The fifth edition of the standard, Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities, is designed to ensure that storage facilities operators can transfer oil and other products safely to storage tanks without overfilling or mechanical damage. It includes increased emphasis on areas such as reaction times to overfill alarms, spill prevention programmes, management systems, industry experience and improved technology. It also accounts for operational differences between storage facilities and provides more options for operators looking to improve safety and environmental protection.
‘The updated standard will help operators receive petroleum products at their storage facilities, using the latest techniques and technologies to prioritise safety and spill prevention while ensuring safety and environmental sustainability practices are maintained. This new edition of API 2350 addresses practices at storage facilities, which are increasingly important to the industry as supply and demand trends are affected by the current pandemic, and specifically advances techniques to prevent overfilling,’ says API Global Industry Services (GIS) senior vice president Debra Phillips.