Introduction to Bulk Crude Oil Storage Tanks

Details :

This course will provide participants with the necessary knowledge needed to demonstrate the principles related to the operation and maintenance of crude oil storage tanks and their associated equipment.


Participants will learn about the fundamentals and basic concepts of the different types of tanks.  In order to operate tanks safely, they will learn about fire protection and venting systems.  Attendees will learn about crude tank operations from gathering systems, shipment, routine tank process, and maintenance operations.  The scheduled maintenance activities on the mechanical, electrical, and instrumentation hardware will be covered as well in the course.  Tank cleaning and tank protection systems will also be discussed.

Upon completion of this course, participants should have a better understanding of the technology related to crude oil tanks within the industry.  Having this knowledge will help each technician develop confidence and professional enthusiasm, therefore, increasing their efficiency.  The knowledge that technicians gained from this course will be further expanded by on-job training and practical experience they will receive throughout the duration of their career.

This course is mainly targeted to process operators, process technicians, and laboratory and maintenance personnel.  The course can also be applicable to employees working with equipment and materials purchasing, equipment procurement, job planning, as well as immediate supervisors to the working technicians.

·         Day 1

Tank Fundamentals

o   Fire protection

o   Venting

o   Emissions

o   Accessories

On this day participants will learn about the basic concepts of crude tank construction and operation. They will also learn about fire protection, tank venting, and tank emissions.  The day will conclude with participants learning and becoming familiar with tank hardware and instrumentation.

Day 2

Tank Operations and Routine Maintenance

o   Crude transportation and storage

o   Crude oil cargo handling

o   Shipment, receipt, and transfer

o   Water draw

o   Tank lot, roof drainage, and tank gauging

Day two will expose attendees to the process of storing and transporting crude oil.  They will learn about handling crude in transport and the various types of storage facilities as it leaves the well and reaches the oil refinery.  Information pertaining to routine maintenance done by process technicians and how crude oil level is verified and transported and stored will also discussed.

Day 3

Tank Inspection and Maintenance

o   Pipe and pipe fitting procedures

o   Tank instrumentation maintenance

o   Safety systems

Along with routine process maintenance covered on day two, the participants will learn about scheduled maintenance that is done on crude tanks.  Participants will also learn about tank cleaning and degassing, as well as sludge reduction.  Protection of plant personnel is vital and participants will learn about the crude tank safety systems on the last day.


  • All lectures are in colorful presentation
  • All lectures are interspersed with interactive discussion
  • All lectures include group discussion, case history and exercises
  • Actual major incidents as well as industry experience are reviewed
  • Participants receive a multicolor course manual
  • Pictures of real incidents and case history are shown
  • Videos on the subject are shown

daily 09:00 – 14:00