API RP 1640
Product Quality in Light Product Storage and Handling Operations
|Publication Date:||1 February 2021|
Scope and Purpose
This recommended practice (RP) is intended to provide guidance on the minimum equipment standards and operating procedures for the receipt, storage blending and delivery of non-aviation light products, their blend components, and additives at distribution and intermediate storage terminals, including related operations of pipeline, marine vessel (barge or ship) and road and rail transport.
This publication recognizes the variety of conditions and the means to address product quality. Thus, this publication is intended to provide recommended practices, rather than set rigid guidelines. However, to demonstrate that site has addressed variances to the recommended practices, a documented risk assessment shall be created. It is up to the organization what form the risk assessment may take.
Users of this publication should be aware that due consideration shall be given to the effect of any unusual or abnormal circumstance on which it is not possible to generalize within the scope of this publication. Specialist advice shall be sought in these cases.
This publication should assist those involved in fuel handling at distribution and intermediate storage facilities. Every effort has been made by API to assure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained in this publication; however, API makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee in connection with this publication and hereby expressly disclaims any liability or responsibility for loss or damage resulting from its use or for the violation of any local or regional laws or regulations with which this publication may conflict.
This RP is intended to provide guidance on the minimum equipment standards and operating procedures for the receipt, storage, blending of light products, including but not limited to gasoline, kerosene, diesel, heating oil and their blend components (i.e. ethanol, biodiesel/FAME, and butane) at distribution and storage terminals, as well as light product shipments directly via a pipeline, marine vessel (barge or ship) or road and rail transport.
In addition, this RP provides guidance for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of light products storage and distribution terminals with the specific intent of protecting or ensuring product quality.
This document incorporates by reference several other standards and recommended practices. The distinction between mandatory, recommended, and optional provisions in the referenced documents is not changed by nature of their reference in this standard.
The values stated in this RP are International Units (SI); U.S. Customary (USC) units are in parentheses.