Tank Farm Construction

Starting to build your methanol tank farm? Learn key factors such as safety, environmental, economical, and technical requirements to help ensure a successful operation.

Building a methanol tank farm requires careful thought and planning, starting with safety, environmental, economical and technical considerations. By taking into account all of these elements, you can ensure that your tank farm construction is done right and that the operation runs smoothly. Lexon Projects has been building methanol tank farms for over 30 years and we are always ready to help you on your methanol tank farm project.

Choosing the location for your methanol tank farm is one of the most important initial steps you will take. Factors that must be considered when determining a strategic location include proximity to other existing projects, ease of access and transport, land cost, availability of natural resources such as water, and local regulations. Make sure you take your time in selecting the perfect location; it will make a big difference in the success of your operation.  Building in areas with extreme weather conditions should also be taken into consideration as they could affect the longevity and structural integrity of your tanks. Make sure to consult experts beforehand, who are knowledgeable about different construction techniques, materials, and best practices for methanol tank farms.

To help ensure the safety of your operators and surrounding environment, you’ll need to review applicable local and federal regulations. Licenses and permits must be obtained prior to the start of any construction work.  For instance, in Alberta we reference not only local building codes and the fire code but also are required to adhere to ASCA regulations.  Also, the size of each storage tank, fuel lines, containment areas, etc., all need to be in accordance with standards. Make sure you have backup plans if environmental hazards are discovered during the process.

A quality mechanical design is integral to the success of your tank farm project.  At Lexon Projects we prefer the design build construction model utilizing our in-house engineers and construction to team to ensure the project is completed on time and on budget.  Working hand in hand with the Owner for seamless project execution.  When constructing a tank farm, it’s important to have a well-rounded and knowledgeable project team. Every step of the process can involve multiple departments depending on the size of your operation. Different skill sets are needed for different areas, such as mechanical engineering, purchasing, operations management, safety consulting, and construction management.

From extensive testing prior to assembly, to incorporating advanced leak detection systems — having a comprehensive plan in place is essential. You’ll want a comprehensive design that takes into account any potential hazards or risks from nearby operations, as well as any constraints such as limited space and resources. Make sure your design incorporates safety features such as automatic shut-off valves and other emergency shut-down protocols. Additionally, it should allow for easy access and maintenance of all components.

Building a tank farm requires the use of advanced construction techniques and materials. Working with experienced contractors, like welders, and engineers can minimize safety risks associated with the installation of the tanks. Not to mention that they stay abreast of industry standards and new construction techniques so they can ensure your installation meets all regulatory requirements. Additionally, utilizing specialized tank coatings can prevent corrosion and rust on tanks where appropriate. Make sure to consider what type of building materials will be best suited for your particular environment conditions prior to beginning the project.