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Guidance on petroleum road tanker design and construction

18 June 2010

The Energy Institute (EI) has recently published a new edition of Petroleum road tanker design and construction. It provides comprehensive recommendations for the design and construction of road tankers for the conveyance of petrol, kerosene, diesel and gas oil.

Guidance on petroleum road tanker design and construction
Guidance on petroleum road tanker design and construction

Certain recommendations may also be applicable to other petroleum products. Specific recommendations are given concerning the precautions that should be taken for road tankers intended for the carriage of aviation fuels, aviation gasoline (AvGas) and aviation turbine fuel (AvTur). The scope of this publication also covers certain aspects for the transport of denatured ethanol.

In particular, this guidance:

  • Aligns its recommendations with ADR 2009 (the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road);
  • Includes the design conditions of HSE L93 Approved tank requirements, the provisions for bottom loading and vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol, expanded as necessary; Refers to the relevant CEN standards for tanks and their service equipment;
  • Takes account of the CEN TR 15120 for operating conditions in a UK context;
  • Takes account of all other legislation relevant to petroleum tankers (excluding construction and use), standards and industry codes;
  • Documents good practice in tanker design, including that gained from rough operational experience;
  • Expands on the relevant technical references;
  • Provides informative notes for recommendations that could otherwise appear obscure.
The new edition of Petroleum road tanker design and construction is an essential document for all those involved in the design, operation, management, and maintenance of petroleum road tankers, and all those involved in the manufacture of vehicles, tanks, service equipment and electronic equipment used on petroleum road tankers. To aid users, the new 2nd edition clearly identifies relevant sections of the text as either regulation, guidance or informative notes through colour coded bars in the margin.

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