It is unfortunate that the vast majority of installations fail to take advantage of local topography when it can be beneficial. Some of the largest pumps in a coastal plant are used for ship loading. It is therefore energy efficient to mount export tanks as high as possible to reduce pumping cost. In most cases, the pressure at which product leaves the process on the way to storage is high enough easily to fill elevated tanks. Surprisingly, elevated tanks containing flammable product are safer than when in a flat tank farm. This is because leakage can be routed away from the tank to an impounding area rather than have the risk of the tank sitting in a potential sea of flame.
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