Storage tanks, specialty vessels and cryogenic tanks hold incredible volumes of product. These tanks can be above ground or underground and typically hold products such as crude oil, liquified natural gas or industrial chemicals. Storage tanks can also hold water. Even when the product is as innocuous as freshwater, special considerations must be made for safety due to the large volumes of products stored in these tanks and vessels.
Federal, State and Local Regulations for Bulk Storage and ASTs
Over the years, federal, state and local governments have developed regulations for bulk storage tanks and aboveground storage tanks. Federal agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed regulations to protect people and the environment. The EPA sets forth regulations for aboveground storage tanks but leaves the regulation of underground storage tanks to state and local governments.
Learn more here:
EPA’s aboveground storage tank Oil Spills and Prevention and Preparedness Regulations
Click here to find your state’s underground storage tank regulations.
Industry Regulations for ASTs and Specialty Vessels
Professional organizations also set forth regulations, standards and guidelines. These organizations advocate for their industries while creating guidelines for tank construction, maintenance and repair. Their goal is to enhance operational and environmental safety, efficiency and sustainability. These regulations also create rules that produce standard, interchangeable equipment on storage tanks.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) leads the oil and gas industry. Their standards are highly respected for tank design and construction.
The API explains the rationale for its standards writing:
“For more than 90 years, API has led the development of petroleum, natural gas and petrochemical equipment and operating standards. These represent the industry’s collective wisdom on everything from drill bits to environmental protection and embrace proven, sound engineering and operating practices and safe, interchangeable equipment and materials. API maintains more than 700 standards and recommended practices. Many have been incorporated into state and federal regulations and they are also the most widely cited standards by the international regulatory community.”
There are several other professional organizations that are equally respected when it comes to storage tank design and construction.
Custom Storage Solutions that Meet or Exceed Safety Standards from Matrix
As you can see, there are many organizations and government entities that dictate storage tank design, construction, maintenance and operations. Navigating all of the rules, regulations and standards takes a team of experienced engineers. At Matrix Service Company, we build custom storage solutions that meet or exceed all safety standards. Working with our sister subsidiary Matrix PDM, we can design a storage solution that meets your operational goals and all relevant standards.
We also have the capabilities to provide tank procurement, construction, maintenance and repair services. We can take your tank, specialty vessel or pressure vessel from concept to commissioning. At Matrix, we have integrated solutions that can help you expand your storage capacity through greenfield projects, retrofits or by bringing existing equipment back online.
We’ve been building storage solutions since 1984. We believe you won’t find anyone more qualified, experienced or more dedicated to safety than Matrix Service.
Put our standard to the test and contact Matrix today.
Needs your tank solution quickly? Read about our pre-engineered storage solutions here.