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Alcohol Storage Tank

10/14/2008 5:59 PM

What should be the safety distance between Blended Alcohol Storage Tanks. The size of the storage tank is 100 cubic meters. The alcohol is used for liquor production.

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/15/2008 11:53 PM

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Drawing on my past oil refinery experience I really don't think distance between tanks is a major concern - oil refineries store huge quantities of highly volatile hydrocarbons in relatively close quarters. The issues I see are: #1 Is there a dike or containment wall around the tank to protect the area in the event of a spill? #2 Do you have an alarm to warn you of over filling the tank as well as a level indicator? I would also want an alarm to warn me if any vapors escape and reach one third to one half of the LEL for my particular product. Any overflow pipe should be routed to a vessel - not the ground at the base of the tank. #3 You most likely should have some type of a fire control system in place to protect people and property in case the unthinkable happens. Some type of an inert gas such as CO2 or N2 could be used to blanket a tank fire. #4 You need a pressure relief valve as well as a vacuum breaker on the tank. #5 You need proper training in emergency and normal operation procedures for your people. #6 This is probably the most important - Contact your insurance underwriter and get a site inspection and follow the recommendations that they have - it will lower your premiums and insure that you have the best possible coverage -also be sure you have all the necessary permits required - if any - for your jurisdiction. Ed

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 1:36 AM

Safety/Containment/Underwriter/Local Codes apart-- you must keep a minimum10' gap for maintenance/Erection Crane to pass.

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Re: ??-proof Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 3:25 AM

???

Are you saying the liquor is already diluted [≈(40-50) alcohol : (60-50) water] being stored prior to production (bottling); or that it's being stored for later, 60-50% water dilution?

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Re: ??-proof Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 5:33 AM

The alcohol is 120 proof.

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 8:24 AM

I would say within arms reach of each other. This way you could safely reach each without having to get up.

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 8:34 AM

Ask your local Fire Dept. Access for fire fighting equipment would be a nice thing to have...

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 8:35 AM

Is there ice near by?

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Re: Alcohol Storage Tank

10/16/2008 9:27 AM

the 'Rule Book' is NFPA 30' National Fire Protection Association publication 30. In most legal jurisdictions its RECOMMENDATIONS are incorporated into STATUTES and become legal requirements. Also review the situation with the Fire Chief serving your locality to secure their agreement with your plans.

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