Improving Safety of Oil Storage Tanks Operation
Zemlerub, L. E., Kharasov, E. R., Avdeev, V. M.
Article language: English
Abstract. Tank batteries for storage of crude oil and refined products are hazardous industrial facilities. Almost half of the accidents (including fires) occurs at the tank batteries at oil and gas industry. The most effective way to improve safety of facilities operation is to introduce additional functions to the existing automated control systems of technological processes. In this article it is proposed to add to automated control systems of technological processes of tank batteries two new subsystems. First one is the subsystem of bottom water drainage from an oil tank by installing on a siphon crane an analyzer of oil concentration in water. The other one is the subsystem of remote leak detection with receiving information from the gas monitoring sensors installed in the leak detection wells and in the area around the tank. Implementation of this additional subsystems to automated control systems of technological processes will allow to receive timely and reliable information about the status of equipment, to increase the efficiency of control and to ensure trouble-free operation which will significantly enhance the safety and efficiency of tank batteries for storage of crude oil and refined products.
Keywords: vertical tank, automated system, technological process, operation safety, bottom water, leak detection
Pages: 115–121Total pages: 7
Year of publication: 2019