January 2003

Maintenance/Storage

Reduce underside corrosion in aboveground storage tanks

Follow these guidelines to avoid leaks

Al-Mutairi, A. H., Habiby, F., Imtiaz, R. R., Arabian Petrochemical Company

Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) have received little attention in technical literature. Accordingly, information regarding their life assessment and integrity management is limited. A part of the reason for their low visibility in technical literature could be attributed to the common perception that ASTs are simple ambient containers. Moreover, they are generally considered a part of infrastructure rather than plant equipment. These reasons may have led tank owners and operators to adopt a preventive maintenance approach rather than pursuing predictive or proactive maintenance strategies concerning management of ASTs.

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