Monthly Archives: September 2014

Basics of API 653 Standard for Aboveground Storage Tanks

Storage tank owners usually hear the term API 653 Standard in the context of aboveground storage tank inspections.  This is rightly so, because API 653 is the internationally recognized standard for inspecting aboveground welded storage tanks storing products at atmospheric pressure. However, the API 653 Standard covers more than the requirements for an API 653… Read more »


DEP Proposed Rule on West Virginia Storage Tank Inspections

Partial relief may be in sight from hiring certified inspectors for every tank inspection required for the impending initial West Virginia aboveground tank inspection requirement.  Signed into law on April 1, 2014, the West Virginia Aboveground Storage Tank Act has been criticized by many tank owners as too expansive in the number of tanks required… Read more »


API 650 Tank Joint Welding & Inspection for Field Erected ASTs

Butt welded steel tanks have been a main stay in the field of constructing above ground storage tanks for decades.  Around 1936, welded steel tanks overtook riveted tanks as the preferred method in new above ground storage tank construction.  In step with this change, API standards were published to guide construction of such tanks for… Read more »