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Introduction to Petroleum Pipeline Breakout Tanks

May 16, 2022 | Online

Sponsored by EUCI

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Petroleum pipelines may utilize aboveground storage tanks to store and later reinject the petroleum back into a pipeline for further transportation. Aboveground tanks may also be used to store petroleum for distribution to service station, fuel aircraft, store fuel for power plants, and more.

There is still some confusion when it comes to terminal tanks (unregulated by PHMSA) versus breakout tanks (subject to pipeline safety regulations), and the differences between the two will be covered in detail. This course will review the industry standards utilized to design, construct, and maintain an aboveground breakout tank. Failures of breakout tanks can result in significant environmental damage, and the regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 195 place requirements on the operator of the breakout tank to ensure its integrity and operations in a safe manner. This course will help the operator meet those regulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the difference between terminal tanks and breakout tanks
  • Review standards utilized to design, construct, and maintain breakout tanks
  • Describe the construction process and understand the testing of the tanks
  • Examine the inspection of in-service tanks
  • Evaluate that process to inspect and maintain tanks which are out-of-service
  • Review regulatory requirements


MONDAY, MAY 16, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Central Time


  • Welcome
  • Introduction of students and instructors
  • Class agenda
  • Training objectives

Determine the Difference Between Terminal & Breakout Tanks

API Standards Applicable to Design, Construction, & Maintenance of Tanks


  • Tank bottom
  • Shell
  • Roof
  • Testing

Tank Operation

  • Overfill protection
  • Cathodic protection for tank bottom
  • Prevention of static electricity

Periodic Inspection of In-Service Tanks

  • On the ground visual
  • Inspection by API certified inspector

Maintenance on Out-of-Service Tanks

  • Repair bottom plates
  • Repair tank shell
  • Lining tank bottom
  • Cathodic protection of tank bottom, interior and exterior shell plates

Q&A and Adjournment