In our experience here at Keystone Oilfield Fabrication LLC, one of the most important aspects of oilfield design is the storage infrastructure. We have been working in this industry for many years, and we know all about the many types of oilfield storage and how to properly design and build the various components.
In this article, we’ll go over some key information about oilfield storage to help you get the best results from your facility.
- Types of Oilfield Storage – When people think about oilfield storage, they tend to think about tankers for the oil itself. While this is undoubtedly an essential type of storage infrastructure, it is not the only kind, and crude oil is not the only thing you will need to store at your facility. Other important types of oilfield storage include containers for natural gas and other products, as well as silos for sand and other materials used in the extraction process.
- Types of Tanks – Another thing you should know about oilfield storage is the way different types of tanks work and how they are used. The two main types of tanks used for storage on oil operations are pressurized tanks and atmospheric tanks. Pressurized tanks keep the contents under pressure, which prevents volatile chemicals from evaporating (both for safety reasons and for loss prevention). Atmospheric tanks, on the other hand, store their contents at just one atmosphere of pressure, and are used to store substances less likely to evaporate. However, atmospheric tanks still include safety features to mitigate fire risks.