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API publishes fifth edition of API 2350

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) has released the fifth edition of API 2350, a key safety standard designed to help operators of oil storage facilities implement comprehensive overfill prevention systems (OPS), which ensure that oil and other products are transferred to storage tanks safely, without overfilling or mechanical damage.

“The updated standard will help operators receive petroleum products at their storage facilities, using the latest techniques and technologies to prioritise safety and spill prevention while ensuring safety and environmental sustainability practices are maintained,” API Global Industry Services (GIS) Senior Vice President Debra Phillips said. “This new edition of API 2350 addresses practices at storage facilities, which are increasingly important to the industry as supply and demand trends are affected by the current pandemic, and specifically advances techniques to prevent overfilling.”

The fifth edition, titled Overfill Prevention for Storage Tanks in Petroleum Facilities, places increased emphasis on areas such as reaction times to overfill alarms, spill prevention programmes, management systems, industry experience and improved technology. The new edition also provides a wide range of offerings to account for operational differences between each storage facility, while providing more options to operators to advance safety and environmental protection.

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