Storage tank systems for petroleum products: tank tips

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Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations establish requirements for storage tank systems under federal jurisdiction. These 13 facts sheets, called Tank Tips, highlight requirements that may apply to your storage tank system.

Technical Requirements for Collapsible Fabric Storage Tanks

The Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations set forth requirements for the design and construction of storage tank systems installed on or after the day the regulations came into force. One requirement is that storage tanks must be designed and built to one of the recognized standards identified in the regulations. (See Tank tip 4- New storage tank system installations)

The Regulations outline requirements for storage tank systems designed to be installed in a fixed location. At the time the Regulations were published, there was no recognized standard for the design and construction of collapsible fabric storage tanks. In 2014, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) published the standard: CAN/CSA-B837-14 - Collapsible Fabric Storage Tanks (bladders). Environment and Climate Change Canada recognizes storage tanks that meet the CSA standard as a legitimate option for storing petroleum products and allied petroleum products.  The standard is available on the Canadian Standards Association website.

The standard covers minimum requirements for design and construction of a collapsible fabric storage tank that is used for the aboveground storage of petroleum products and allied petroleum products up to and including a capacity of 125,000 L. Installations that have storage tank systems with collapsible fabric storage tanks will be required to meet all applicable sections of the Regulations.

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