RBI for Atmospheric Storage Tanks: How One Client Achieved $7MM in Inspection Savings

  • s_RBI-for-Atmospheric-Storage-TanksTank inspections represent a large cost for facilities and logistical challenges for operators who coordinate hundreds of tanks across thousands of miles.
  • PinnacleART implemented a Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) assessment for the facility’s 226 tanks.
  • By implementing the RBI program, the client experienced inspection savings, reduced tank downtime and improved compliance.

INTRODUCTION

A refinery located along the Texas Gulf Coast produces up to 325,000 barrels-per day of environmentally clean fuels and products. Due to the complexity of this facility, site management was very proactive in establishing a Risk-Based Inspection (RBI) program for its fixed equipment and piping, however it needed a way to ensure compliance requirements were met for its tanks, many of which were overdue for internal inspections.

CORPORATE CHALLENGE

While tank inspections represent a large cost for facilities, they also present logistical challenges for operators who coordinate hundreds of tanks across thousands of miles. Managing these inspections often requires more strategic planning than those vessels seen in a large, concentrated facility with a full-time inspection department. Even in large facilities like the Texas refinery, the extensive nature of tank inspections often results in grave deficiencies in the area of data management. Instead of leveraging the data to predict failures, large stacks of documentation are often abandoned in tank inspection cabinets or misplaced, resulting in severe data gaps.