Tank Farm Operations and Performance

An Intensive 5-day Training Course

Tank Farm Operations and Performance

Tank Types, Construction & Operational Requirements for Stored Products

Tank Farm Operations and Performance

Scheduled Dates


01 - 05 Jul 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT
14 - 18 Oct 2024 Houston TX - USA $6,950 RESERVE A SEAT
18 - 22 Nov 2024 Dubai - UAE $5,950 RESERVE A SEAT


01 - 05 Jul 2024 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT
18 - 22 Nov 2024 Online $3,950 RESERVE A SEAT

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Why Choose this Training Course?

The effective management and operation of an oil and gas terminal is essential for a successful business. The processing, transporting and storing of crude oil and refined petroleum products, in tank farms, involves custody transfers of partner and commingled stock, significant volumes of data from various sources and blending operations complexities. In addition, as these liquids are loaded and offloaded in bulk quantities, there is a large transfer of high value that makes it imperative for tank farm operators to efficiently manage their inventory and maximize their return on investment.

This training course provides an overview of the American Petroleum Institute API-650, API 620 and API 2610 specifications as well as the API 653 inspection standard. Emphasis is also given both to safety as well as operability of tank farms and the training includes Seveso III Directive real life example reports, how they were carried out and implemented.

Upon successful completion of this PetroKnowledge training course, participants will gain knowledge on oil terminals and tank farms, methods of tank gauging, crude oil product specifications, product blending and tank mixing, dealing with of oil spill emergencies, cleaning of crude oil and heavy product tanks, understanding and employ a work permit system, pigging operations of oil pipelines, quality assurance and control, contingency and safety procedures.

This training course will feature:

  • Crude oil and product properties & handling
  • Identify the different types of tanks, troubleshoot, review and improve the operation of a tank farm
  • Tank gauging techniques, custody transfer and fiscal metering methods
  • Tank Design Standards Codes and Regulations
  • Terminal Planning and scheduling
  • Management & Operations
  • Identification of different types of tanks
  • Troubleshooting, review and improvement of tank farm operations
  • Security & Safety and other essential topics related to Import / Export of Oil & liquefied Gas

What are the Goals?

The tank farm’s mission is to perform its daily operations while maintaining a safe storage terminal. Attendance of this five-day training course will ensure:

  • In-depth knowledge of operations & management of crude oil and product terminals
  • Apply proper planning and scheduling techniques in storage & transfer systems
  • Command the various planning and transfer requirements for terminals
  • Develop good terminal management skills
  • Apply safe practices and procedures during the various operations in terminals including oil spill contingency and emergency response plans
  • Learn techniques on blending recipes for on specification products
  • Understand the limitations of tank gauging methods and learn up to date new technologies and methodologies for accurate tank measurement
  • Perform calculations for emissions discharges and dispersion with the aid of dedicated simulation software

Who is this Training Course for?

This Tank Farm Operations and Performance training seminar is designed for anyone employed in oil refining or anyone working in an oil and or product storage facility. In addition, it is intended, but not limited to professionals involved in handling, loading, or discharging of oil and gas cargoes.

This PetroKnowledge training seminar is specifically designed for:

  • Marine Terminal Managers, Supervisors and Superintendents
  • Oil and Gas Refinery or Product Storage Facility Personnel
  • Oil and Gas Operators and Engineers
  • Facility Managers and Coordinators
  • Process Engineers, Project Managers, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers, Instrumentation / Control Engineers, Technical Staff
  • Safety and Environmental Personnel
  • Transfer Supervisors
  • Oil and Gas Cargo Officials

How will this Training Course be Presented?

This PetroKnowledge training course includes interactive sessions with questions, discussions and problem solving under supervision along with group exercises. It will be conducted as an interactive workshop that encourages participants to share their own experiences and apply the programme material to real-life situations. The training course will be reinforced by a learning mix that includes lecture style presentation, open discussion, case studies, simulations and group work.

The training course will also be reinforced by the use of PC’s with simulations to estimate emission losses and dispersion as well as calculations using Microsoft excel to practice tank gauging calculations. Both methods will enhance the understanding of the taught material.

Organisational Impact

  • Improved terminal operations
  • Enhanced operational integrity
  • Better operational performance
  • Improved equipment usage
  • Development of a better safety culture
  • Improved balance sheet bottom line

Personal Impact

  • Deeper understanding and improved ability to critically analyze the methods employed in this industry
  • Become familiar with new the technology and its impact in storage terminals
  • Appreciate how correct product blending can minimize quality giveaway, add value and improve Tank Farm Operations and Performance
  • Enhance your understanding of correct sampling and custody transfer / Bill of Lading
  • Technical skills advancement and knowledge to comprehend and carry out how vapor emissions and recovery are carried out
  • Appreciation of the technical, commercial and environmental aspects of Hydrocarbon storage business

Daily Agenda

Day One: Crude Oil and Product Properties
  • Review of Energy Production and Consumption
  • Tank farm Operations, Planning and scheduling
  • Physical, chemical & hazardous properties of Stored products
  • Effects of Physical & chemical properties on choice of storage
  • Safety and Risk
  • Ignition sources – Electrostatic charge  - NFPA 77
  • Fire detection, firefighting & protection
  • Case study - I: Static Electricity Major accidents
  • Case study - II: Jet fuel conductivity adjustment
Day Two: Tank Types, Construction & Requirements for Stored Products
  • Tank farms differences and purpose
  • Tank design & engineering considerations, API codes & standards
    • Crude & Refined product Storage
    • LNG, LPG, CNG storage
  • Roof Types
  • Fixed, Dome & Cone
  • Floating Roof, internal / external
  • Suction levels fixed / floating
  • Estimation and Measurement of Tank Emissions and Losses
  • Case Study: Emission reduction technologies, Vapor recovery units
  • Group exercise: Emissions estimation & dispersion –Simulation Calculations (Use of PC’s)
Day Three: Tank Terminal Operations
  • Tank farm Layout, Secondary Containment, Bund walls
  • Emergency response, Handling Oil Spills
  • Water drainage systems network and Process water treatment
  • Ship to shore Transfers, Ship Loading and discharge process
  • The of bill of lading, Custody transfer and administration
  • Tank gauging and metering, meter proving, stock loss & Pipeline transfer loss
  • Sampling and quality control – ISO 17025
  • Group exercise: Loss estimation – Excel Calculations
Day Four: Terminal Management
  • Comingled stock & Unpumpables
  • Terminal inventory Control & Inter Tank transfers
  • Changing tanks service
  • Tank calibration/ recalibration
  • Instrumentation, flow and level measurement
  • Spill and overfill control
  • Level alarms/ independent level alarms
  • Product Blending and Product failures
  • Excel Calculations: Blending exercise (Use of PC’s)
Day Five: International Regulations & Requirements for Oil & Gas Marine Terminals
  • The Seveso III Directive
  • ISGOTT - Required notifications in the event of a release
  • Release detection, response, reporting and investigation
  • Tank cleaning g
  • Gas freeing and confined entry
  • API 653 Tank Inspection
    • Tank failure causes and prevention
    • Settling
    • Corrosion
  • Case Study - I: Tank Inspection Final Report
  • Case Study - II: The Seveso III Directive example reports


  • On successful completion of this Training Course / Online Training Course, a PetroKnowledge Certificate / E-Certificate will be awarded to the delegates.

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