Tank farms

No refinery or chemical company can operate without a storage and loading/unloading facility (tank farms). TRIPLAN engineers know the technical standards, the medium specific safety regulations and the regulatory requirements. 

Fundamentally, it is necessary to differentiate between a tank farm belonging to a production facility and a standalone tank farm. Production facility tank farms in a given company are tied into a particular production unit. The intended use of the tanks, is fixed over the long term. Changes usually occur if the production process itself changes. Products vary from liquid, gaseous or partly solid mediums that can be loaded or unloaded via pumps, or transported using other means. From a design point of view, the planning process is less time critical when compared to standalone tank farms. As part of a production facility, tank farms are planned for in advance. 

Standalone tank farms are operated by service or trade providers and consist mainly of the tank areas and the auxiliary plants that are necessary to operate the tank areas. The independent tank operators’ interests are the optimal and efficient leasing/occupancy rate of their available tank areas. This requires a high measure of flexibility, organizationally as well as from a technical perspective. For the designer this means: standalone tank farms usually have to be laid out and completed in a shorter time frame. 

Because of the required flexibility, a broad practical know-how is needed in relation to the stored materials groups, the feasibility of certain technical features and the various safety aspects. In particular, the designer must be well versed in the environmental guidelines and must exhaust these to the absolute limit.

Through its structure, TRIPLAN Technology covers all relevant aspects for tank farms. Our designers know all relevant valid regulations and deliver the complete new design or retrofit of storage and shipping facilities.