Petroleum road tanker design and construction

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  • Published: October 2019
  • REF/ISBN: 9781787251427
  • Edition: 4th
  • Status: Current

An addendum to section 3.1 of this publication was issued in March 2022. Please log in to download from this page.

This publication provides recommendations for the design and construction of road tankers intended for the conveyance of the main petroleum fuels: petrol; kerosene; diesel, and gas oil. It is complementary to EI Model code of safe practice Part 2: Design, construction and operation of petroleum distribution installations.

This publication is intended to be of benefit to manufacturers and road tanker operators, including distribution contractors and oil companies, by providing a common standard for design, construction, and operation, and by raising awareness of design factors that may affect safe operation, compatibility with loading gantries, and product quality.

The 4th edition of this publication:

  • Updates and expands on previous editions of EI Petroleum road tanker design and construction.
  • Aligns its recommendations with ADR 2019.
  • Includes the design conditions of HSE's L93 Approved tank requirements. The provisions for bottom loading and vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol (ATR), expanded as necessary.
  • Incorporates other relevant EI codes.
  • Takes account of project work carried out for the Road Tanker Panel, particularly that concerning vapour flow testing of road tankers.
  • Refers to the relevant CEN standards for tanks and their service equipment.
  • Takes account of the CEN TR 15120 for operating conditions in a UK context.
  • Takes account of all other legislation relevant to petroleum tankers (excluding construction and use), standards, and industry codes.
  • Documents good practice in tanker design, including that gained through operational experience.
  • Expands on relevant references.
  • Provides informative notes for recommendations that could otherwise appear obscure.

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