LPG Terminal Design and Plant Operations Safety


Liquified petroleum gas, commonly called LPG, consists of light hydrocarbon compounds, a mixture of propane and butane. It is a non-toxic but highly inflammable gas, and hence, LPG terminals need to be thoughtfully designed to prevent any hazards resulting from the physical properties of the gas.

LPG needs to be handled with care and thus all plant operations should be carried out with extreme safety, in adherence with universal standards.

LPG terminals are built to receive, store, mix and distribute LPG. Thus, considering the expanse of operations here, safety and planning are integral to the success of plant operations.

This IRES course will empower you with complete information and knowledge about LPG terminal designs and the safety of operations performed therein.

Through this course, you would acquire the skills and capabilities to work in any vertical of LPG operations, thus broadening avenues for greater opportunities promoting career growth.


10 Days

Who Should Attend?

  • Executives and others working in different functions at LPG terminals
  • Managers overseeing end-to-end operation at LPG terminals
  • Top management of organisations responsible for critical decision making
  • Vendors involved at various stages of terminal operations
  • Internal/External auditors checking for compliance with all required standards
  • Legal officers playing key roles in legal issues due to occupational hazards and other situations
  • Potential investors who need to understand the organisational credibility before investing
  • Any other professional interested to know more about LPG terminal design and plant operation safety

Course Objectives

The key objective of this LPG Terminal Design and Plant Operations Safety course is to empower professionals to—

  • Thoroughly understand LPG terminal operations and design requirements to assist one’s organisation in these areas
  • Txamine and change current terminal designs and layouts for one’s organisation to comply with required standards
  • Examine terminal operations to ensure safety guidelines are followed
  • Train other professionals on important aspects of terminal design and operational safety
  • Contribute to organisational credibility and development because of strict adherence to safety measures
  • Apply advanced tools and technologies in operations to enhance the safety level and reduce the risks of occupational hazards
  • Review existing documentation related to terminal design and plant safety to make changes with changing industrial expectations
  • Predict all risks that could cause damage to the environment, property and life at terminals
  • Oversee multiple functions end to end at LPG terminals, ensuring that all operations and processes run in sync while maintaining safety protocols

Course Outline

The LPG Terminal Design and Plant Operations Safety course covers the following topics regarding LPG terminal design and plant operation safety:

Module 1: Overview of LPG

  • Composition
  • Physical properties and characteristics
    • Density
    • Vapour pressure
    • Flammability
    • Combustion
  • General uses
  • Advantages and disadvantages

Module 2: Factors Influencing LPG Terminal Design

  • Total storage capacity
  • Minimum quantity of LPG per shipment
  • Land available
  • The distribution network for refilling and reselling bulk LPG
  • Ease of operation and maintenance
  • Automation for safer operations

Module 3: Safety Features of LPG Terminals

  • Fire-fighting and water sprinkler system
  • Gas leak detection system
  • Asset management system
  • High integrity design
  • Comprehensive emergency systems
  • Tank gauging systems
  • Safety valves
  • Excess flow check valves
  • Deluge system
  • High temperature protection system
  • High pressure protection system
  • Flame detection system
  • Emergency stop switches
  • Audio and visual alarm system

Module 4: LPG Storage Tank Location and Layout

  • Location
  • Screening
  • Flammable material
  • Horizontal direction
  • Multiple tanks
  • Overhead electric cables
  • Bunded enclosures
  • Spillage planning
  • Natural phenomenon

Module 5 – LPG Tank Design

  • Design code
  • Design conditions
  • Corrosion protection
  • Tank supports
  • Tank markings and labelling
  • Mounded and underground tanks
  • Skid mounted and mobile tanks

Module 6: Tank Fittings

  • Pressure relief valves
  • Drain connections
  • Contents gauge
  • Service valves
  • Filling connections
  • Hydrostatic valves
  • Emergency shut-down valves
  • Pressure gauges
  • Temperature gauges
  • Lightning protection

Module 7: Tank Commissioning and Decommissioning

  • Leak testing
  • Purging
    • Inert gas purging
    • LP gas vapour purging
    • Water purging
    • Evacuation
  • Decommissioning efforts and activities

Module 8: LPG Firewalls

  • Purpose
  • Siting
  • Construction

Module 9: Examination of Other Equipment

  • Product transfer system
  • Vaporizers
  • Regulator
  • Electrostatic protection
  • Electrical equipment
  • Fire-fighting/Emergency system

Module 10: Loading and Unloading Facilities

  • Rates of loading/unloading
  • Transfer and loading/unloading equipment
  • Grounding and bonding
  • Hose and other connectors
  • Metering equipment and valves
  • LPG odourisation

Module 11: Fire Protection Systems

  • Access for fire fighting
  • Firewater use
  • Fire detection systems
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fire-fighting foam
  • Fireproofing
  • Burying and mounding
  • Electrical installations and equipment
  • Safety precaution signs
  • Lighting
  • Fencing

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FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.