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Fire-Protection Considerations for
the Design and Operation of
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Storage Facilities
API PUBLICATION 2510A
SECOND EDITION, DECEMBER 1996
American
Petroleum
Institute
Strategies for Today’s
Environmental Partnership
Strategies for Today’s
Environmental Partnership
One of the most significant long-term trends affecting the future vitality of the petroleum industry is the publicÕs concerns about the environment. Recognizing this trend, API
member companies have developed a positive, forward looking strategy called STEP:
Strategies for TodayÕs Environmental Partnership. This program aims to address public
concerns by improving industryÕs environmental, health and safety performance; documenting performance improvements; and communicating them to the public. The foundation of STEP is the API Environmental Mission and Guiding Environmental Principles.
API standards, by promoting the use of sound engineering and operational practices, are an
important means of implementing APIÕs STEP program.
API ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION AND GUIDING
ENVIRONMENTAL PRINCIPLES
The members of the American Petroleum Institute are dedicated to continuous efforts
to improve the compatibility of our operations with the environment while economically
developing energy resources and supplying high quality products and services to consumers. The members recognize the importance of efficiently meeting societyÕs needs and our
responsibility to work with the public, the government, and others to develop and to use
natural resources in an environmentally sound manner while protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public. To meet these responsibilities, API members pledge to
manage our businesses according to these principles:
¥ To recognize and to respond to community concerns about our raw materials, products
and operations.
¥ To operate our plants and facilities, and to handle our raw materials and products in a
manner that protects the environment, and the safety and health of our employees and
the public.
¥ To make safety, health and environmental considerations a priority in our planning,
and our development of new products and processes.
¥ To advise promptly appropriate officials, employees, customers and the public of information on significant industry-related safety, health and environmental hazards,
and to recommend protective measures.
¥ To counsel customers, transporters and others in the safe use, transportation and disposal of our raw materials, products and waste materials.
¥ To economically develop and produce natural resources and to conserve those resources by using energy efficiently.
¥ To extend knowledge by conducting or supporting research on the safety, health and
environmental effects of our raw materials, products, processes and waste materials.
¥ To commit to reduce overall emissions and waste generation.
¥ To work with others to resolve problems created by handling and disposal of hazardous substances from our operations.
¥ To participate with government and others in creating responsible laws, regulations
and standards to safeguard the community, workplace and environment.
¥ To promote these principles and practices by sharing experiences and offering assistance to others who produce, handle, use, transport or dispose of similar raw materials,
petroleum products and wastes.
Fire-Protection Considerations for
the Design and Operation of
Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG)
Storage Facilities
Health and Environment Department
Safety and Fire Protection Subcommittee
API PUBLICATION 2510A
SECOND EDITION, DECEMBER 1996
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Copyright © 1996 American Petroleum Institute
FOREWORD
This publication covers aspects of the design, operation, and maintenance of liqueÞed
petroleum gas (LPG) storage facilities from the standpoints of prevention and control of
releases, Þre-protection design, and Þre-control measures. The storage facilities covered
are LPG installations (storage vessels and associated loading/unloading/transfer systems)
at marine and pipeline terminals, natural gas processing plants, reÞneries, petrochemical
plants, and tank farms. This publication provides background, philosophy, methods, and
alternatives to achieve good Þre protection.
Information on the production or use of liqueÞed petroleum gas is not included.
This publication is not intended to take precedence over contractual agreements. Existing codes and manuals, wherever practicable, have been used in the preparation of this
publication.
API publications may be used by anyone desiring to do so. Every effort has been made