The ninth edition of API Standard 2510 has been published by The American Petroleum Institute (API). It covers the design, construction and location of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage installations and handling facilities.

Entitled ‘Design and Construction of LPG Installations’, API 2510 covers a broad array of LPG facilities, including both marine and onshore pipeline terminals, natural gas processing plants, refineries, petrochemical plants and tank farms.

It makes a key change when compared to its previous version by incorporating API 625, covering refrigerated tank storage systems with general requirements to address issues common to all tank systems in an integrated way.

The ninth edition provides updated requirements for storage design, associated piping systems, foundation requirements, and accessories. The standard also recommends various materials to be considered by operators to strengthen LPG facilities, including reinforced masonry, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, metal plate, and pipes of various shapes and sizes.

API said: “The revisions to API 2510 help address the safety of LPG storage installations by employing good engineering practices during both the design and construction of these facilities. Likewise, environmental protection is also addressed by employing the standard’s expanded guidance for fire protection, as well as requirements for spill containment and pressure relief.”

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18th August 2020