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Assessing the Safety Operations Processes of an LPG Storage Plant

Posted last July 31, 2018, 3:12 am in Food report article

In an LPG Bottling plant, there are several risks to be prevented. It is essential for LPG tank manufacturers to implement safety measures for prevention of any undesired incident on site. Firstly, the best practices for LPG tank installation generally involve evaluation of standard safety operations procedures.

Knowledge of LPG and safety

Since LPG is odourless and not visible to naked eyes, a distinct odour is added to the gas to detect any leakage. The knowledge of qualified staff about LPG along with long-lasting products parts are essentials for a safer LPG storage plant. LPG is widely used and structured safety guidelines can reduce the risks involved in its usage.

Also, LPG is heavier than air in low-level areas so this feature of LPG makes it difficult to detect any leakage. Factors like these have to be considered by the experts managing the LPG filling station installations. LPG leakage can lead to a fire, bursting of the storage tank and more undesired hazards.

System thinking ideas along with simulation tools are utilized by manufacturers to assess the risks. Identification of risks helps to put a plan in place for safety management of LPG storage plants. A set of well-documented rules and control mechanisms along with safety training for workers ensures successful implementation of the safety processes designed by the experts.

Assessment for storing LPG

LPG can be harmful until it has been safely utilized by the end user. To ensure the safer use of LP gas, the LPG tank installation, storage and discharge should be carried out as per industry standard safety best practices. The Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) play an important role in the prevention of LPG related hazards.

The evaluation of safety procedures ensures that SOPs are designed by LPG tank manufacturers as per the scale and specifications of the LPG storage plant. The assessment also helps prepare safety procedure manuals and other communication materials for workers to understand and manage risks related to the LPG storage space.

Understanding the risks of an LPG bottling plant will help device safety plans to prevent incidents and in case of an incident, tackle the situation in the best possible way to ensure minimum damage by following the safety protocols.

Here is a chart describing the likely sequence of events that can take place after LPG release:

LPG Release
Source:http://www.dgfasli.nic.in/newsletter/jan_mar2001.pdf

Following are some of the key operational areas to be assessed for a safer LPG bottling plant:

  • As per a document published by DGFASLI, the impact of a breakage in the LPG pipeline is affected by the diameter of the pipeline. Reducing the diameter of the LPG gas pipeline will ensure that the gas leakage will lead to lesser damage to life and property.
  • The chances of LPG discharge line breakage can be minimized if the line is placed through the roof of the LPG storage tanks.
  • LPG tank installations have to be made as per a set capacity to avoid leakage. Small capacity tanks take lesser time to discharge the gas while emptying the tanks.
  • The LPG storage tanks should be kept at a sufficient distance from each other. Isolated tanks reduce the possibility of a greater safety concern i.e. one tank leakage triggering the bursting of the other.

Experienced LPG tank manufacturers and LPG vaporizer manufacturers are aware of the risk assessments and safety procedures to avoid mishaps at LPG plants. For efficient and safer LPG tank installations, you need the expertise of highly experienced LPG Tank manufacturers.

AEPL’s team of engineering experts have a background of numerous successful LPG filling station installations. To know more, contact AEPL experts at +918097051488