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#1 mohammad reza

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 04:24 AM

Dear All

In our project we use sweet fuel gas for blanketing. This plant include 3 storage tank with (4078 m3, 2001 m3, 8091 m3) capacity. According to API 2000 blanketing , gas for balanketing of mentioned tank respectively is 867 Sm3/h, 623 Sm3/h, 1494 Sm3/h.

Whereas addition of mentioned consumption, we have continues fuel gas consumption (900 S m3/h) for fired heaters, please guide me about following subjects:

1. How can I design the fuel gas distribution network?

2. How can I calculate the normal fuel gas consumption?

3. How can I consider fuel consumption for Simultaneously in tank inbreathing?

Look forward to hear from you.

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Mohammad reza

#2 Art Montemayor

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 09:28 AM


You say you are applying natural gas blanketing to your 3 storage tanks (hydrocarbon fuel oil, crude oil) and according to “API 2000 blanketing” you are consuming 867 Sm3/h, 623 Sm3/h, 1494 Sm3/h – respectively. You also consume fuel gas in fired heaters.

Although you don’t mention it, I believe that you are concerned that the blanketing gas “requirement” is robbing you of useful (& required) fuel gas for the heaters. Am I correct?

My comments to your questions are:
  1. The manner and method that you use to design the fuel gas distribution network depends on your total scope of work and also on the details of your operation. Every fuel gas distribution network around the world is suited to its own specific, and particular environment and needs. Therefore, every fuel gas distribution network is designed differently. You, or a contracted engineering firm have to make an audit or survey of your operation and establish clearly what the needs and priorities are. Once this is established, the feasibility of saving fuel gas is identified and quantified.
  2. I don’t know what you mean by “the normal fuel gas consumption”. Do you mean the fuel gas going to the blanketing or that going to the heaters? The amount going to the heaters should be very easy. The amount going to the storage tanks for blanketing is a BATCH OPERATION. It is not a steady-state consumption. It is only needed when the pressure in the tanks is lower than required – and this happens when you pump-out, you have out-breathing, or you have leaks. To calculate (or estimate) the blanketing needs, you have to resort to field, empirical data on the number and duration of the pump outs. You have to stop all leaks. You have to estimate the breathing out periods and quantities.
  3. I don’t understand what you mean by “consider fuel consumption for Simultaneously in tank inbreathing”.

If you can be more specific and detailed in your explanations, we will have a better picture of what you have and what you need.
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#3 proinwv


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Posted 12 April 2008 - 01:43 PM


Let me expound upon one of Art's statements.

I have found that almost all tanks have leaks and it is not uncommon for the blanketing valve to be continuously delivering gas to satisfy the tank pressure requirement.

This is often ignored, but then leads to issues of gas consumption and in your case fuel gas leakage to the atmosphere.


#4 mohammad reza

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Posted 12 April 2008 - 11:38 PM

Art Montemayor

In mentioned plant, because lack of nitrogen in order to blanketing of storage tanks, we have to use sweet fuel gas.

We supply Fuel gas for Fired heater (continuously) and for blanketing of storage tanks. (Intermittent).

Quantity of fuel gas to Fired heat is clear and specified by related vendor. (It is not my question)
But about storage tanks, we estimated a quantity of fuel gas for blanketing of them according to API 2000.

But my main doubt is that, how can I calculate thermal effect on blanketing of storage tanks for calculation of fuel gas network (A continuous quantity of fire heater and a non continuous rate for blanketing). In API it is mentioned only a constant rate for thermal effect based on tank volume. Is it necessary to consider a percentage or total of this rate as continuous fuel gas consumption in fuel gas network?

Mohammad reza

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