The explosion in 2005 at the Buncefield Oil Depot in Hertfordshire, England was the largest fire in Europe since World War II. The effects of the accident, caused by the overfill of an outdoor petroleum storage tank, have reverberated in the oil and gas industry ever since.
In the wake of the incident, the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the United Kingdom’s Major Incident Investigation Board (MIIB) developed extensive standards revisions to establish good practices for overfill prevention. The MIIB’s Buncefield Report was finalized in 2008, and in 2012, the API Recommended Practice 2350 was released. While the reports reflect the findings of the individual investigations, both the Buncefield Report and the API RP 2350 cover similar topics relating to overfill prevention.
Magnetrol has produced “The Buncefield Report (MIIB) & API RP 2350: A Comparison of Recommendations for Overfill Prevention.” In this white paper, the two documents are compared to identify overlapping recommended practices for the establishment of an effective overfill prevention system. The comparison shows that the action levels and responses assigned to a particular oil storage tank are consistent between the two sets of guidelines.
Magnetrol has also created the API 2350 Readiness Kit, which provides information and insight into overfill prevention compliance. The API 2350 Readiness Kit not only outlines details of an overfill prevention system covered by API RP 2350, it also complements the recommendations of the Buncefield Report. For more information about effective overfill prevention methods, download “The Buncefield Report & API RP 2350: A Comparison” white paper or the API 2350 Readiness Kit.