Tank Monitoring Article

Reduce the risks of tank gauging by using work practice control

Do you want to improve how you perform routine oilfield tasks?

Manual tank gauging is a common oilfield activity that's resulted in multiple worker deaths in recent years. By using work practice control, operators can reduce the risks it poses significantly.

Every year, in survey after survey, oil and gas producers cite environmental health and safety as their number one priority. Many however, continue to perform routine oilfield tasks that can be significantly improved by employing available technology.

Dangers of Manual Tank Gauging

Manual tank gauging is a labor-intensive process that requires a worker to travel to a production tank, climb a ladder to the top, open a hatch, and drop one end of a tape measure down to check liquid level. Vapors released can affect eyes, lungs and the central nervous system.

Advantages of Automatic Tank Gauging

In addition to dramatically improving worker safety, automatic tank gauging using radar level measurement technology has a number of advantages:

  • Cost/Labor savings

  • Improved accuracy

  • Reduced emissions

  • Enhanced visibility