Cryogenic storage is an important component of materials management for a wide variety of industries. Liquid natural gas (LNG) and liquid propane gas (LPG) are probably the two most common gases to utilize cryogenic storage. However, cryogenic storage is also important for the safe and efficient storage of gases such as ethylene, butane, chlorine, hydrogen and helium.
Traditionally, most cryogenic storage systems are designed as either a single wall, double wall, or full containment system. Recently, membrane tank technology has become a popular choice for applications where operators seek to bring products to market more quickly or for projects located within areas with a higher risk of seismic activity.
When choosing a firm to design and construct your cryogenic storage system, it’s important to choose a contractor with specialized experience in cryogenic and low-temperature storage tanks. These specialty vessels require careful planning and design specifications to adhere to the rigorous standards set forth by the American Petroleum Institute (API) and other regulatory agencies or organizations. It is equally important to choose a contractor that is on the leading edge of industry advances and best practices.
Matrix PDM Engineering has a long-standing history as one of the top firms that specialize in the design, fabrication, construction and repair of containment tank systems. We have a breadth of experience in single wall, double wall and full containment systems.
We’ve also helped pave the way for industry advances in membrane tank technology. Our organization was the first U.S.-based EPC company licensed to use membrane tank technology patented by GTT, a French multinational, naval engineering company. The license grants Matrix PDM Engineering the right to implement GTT’s patents to construct onshore storage tanks for LNG, LPG, and other liquefied gasses. Before this technology could be utilized in North America, changes to several API and Canadian standards had to be updated to include provisions for membrane tanks for cryogenic and refrigerated storage. This was no small feat.
Matrix PDM Engineering Director, Rama Challa, led the effort to update API standards to include membrane tanks. His work as Chairman of the Refrigerated Tank Task Group (A workgroup within the API Subcommittee on Above Ground Storage Tanks) included numerous rounds of revisions and balloting. Ultimately, the changes were approved for publication. These changes are now helping move the industry forward with new solutions for owners and operators.
Matrix PDM Engineering Senior Vice President Ken Erdmann praised Challa for his work saying:
“Successfully introducing any change, let alone a change as significant as this, into existing API standards requires strong leadership skills, expertise, and patience.”
Matrix leaders are making similar efforts with respect to conventional full containment tanks. Joe Hoptay is championing change through his participation on a code committee sponsored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
With Matrix PDM as your next project partner, you have the opportunity to work with engineering leaders who not only have extensive experience but who also have driven progress and created new solutions. When it comes to cryogenic storage facilities and related process systems, you won’t find another team as dedicated to moving their clients and industries forward.
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