Introduction to Petroleum Pipeline Breakout Tanks

Introduction to Petroleum Pipeline Breakout Tanks

May 16, 2022 | Online :: Central Time

“It was a good overview of DOT/PHMSA regulated breakout tanks. Tom had a strong background.” – Plains LPG Services

Petroleum pipelines may utilize aboveground storage tanks to store and later reinject the petroleum back into a pipeline for further transportation. Aboveground tanks may also be used to store petroleum for distribution to service station, fuel aircraft, store fuel for power plants, and more.

There is still some confusion when it comes to terminal tanks (unregulated by PHMSA) versus breakout tanks (subject to pipeline safety regulations), and the differences between the two will be covered in detail. This course will review the industry standards utilized to design, construct, and maintain an aboveground breakout tank. Failures of breakout tanks can result in significant environmental damage, and the regulations in 49 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 195 place requirements on the operator of the breakout tank to ensure its integrity and operations in a safe manner. This course will help the operator meet those regulations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the difference between terminal tanks and breakout tanks
  • Review standards utilized to design, construct, and maintain breakout tanks
  • Describe the construction process and understand the testing of the tanks
  • Examine the inspection of in-service tanks
  • Evaluate that process to inspect and maintain tanks which are out-of-service
  • Review regulatory requirements


Monday, May 16, 2022 : Central Time

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Log In and Welcome

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Break

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Course Timing



  • Welcome
  • Introduction of students and instructors
  • Class agenda
  • Training objectives

Determine the Difference Between Terminal & Breakout Tanks

API Standards Applicable to Design, Construction, & Maintenance of Tanks


  • Tank bottom
  • Shell
  • Roof
  • Testing

Tank Operation

  • Overfill protection
  • Cathodic protection for tank bottom
  • Prevention of static electricity

Periodic Inspection of In-Service Tanks

  • On the ground visual
  • Inspection by API certified inspector

Maintenance on Out-of-Service Tanks

  • Repair bottom plates
  • Repair tank shell
  • Lining tank bottom
  • Cathodic protection of tank bottom, interior and exterior shell plates

Q&A and Adjournment


Thomas Lael, Formerly with ConocoPhillips Pipeline Company

Mr. Lael has been involved with the pipeline industry for over 45 years. He has worked for various State Pipeline Regulatory agencies (Illinois, Connecticut, and California) and the Federal government (Transportation Safety Institute, now known as Training and Qualification’s (T&Q)). More recently Mr. Lael has worked for major petroleum pipeline operators as a code compliance officer, and Operator Qualifications Administrator. He has been responsible for determining the operator’s compliance with Federal and State pipeline safety regulations and determining the intent of current and proposed PHMSA regulations.

Mr. Lael spent ten years working with ConocoPhillips as the OQ administrator for the company OQ program. His employment with ConocoPhillips evolved from his initial employment with Tosco Corporation starting in 1999, merged into Phillips Pipeline Company in 2001 and finally into ConocoPhillips in 2002. He was responsible for the OQ qualifications for approximately 950 employees and over 1,500 contract individuals.

Mr. Lael has worked as an expert witness on legal cases concerning pipeline safety and accident/incident investigations. Mr. Lael has investigated numerous natural gas and petroleum pipeline explosion and fires. 

Online Delivery

We will be using Microsoft Teams to facilitate your participation in the upcoming event. You do not need to have an existing Teams account in order to participate in the broadcast – the course will play in your browser and you will have the option of using a microphone to speak with the room and ask questions, or type any questions in via the chat window and our on-site representative will relay your question to the instructor.

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  • You will receive a meeting invitation will include a link to join the meeting.
  • Separate meeting invitations will be sent for the morning and afternoon sessions of the course.
    • You will need to join the appropriate meeting at the appropriate time.
  • If you are using a microphone, please ensure that it is muted until such time as you need to ask a question.
  • The remote meeting connection will be open approximately 30 minutes before the start of the course. We encourage you to connect as early as possible in case you experience any unforeseen problems.


Please Note: This event is being conducted entirely online. All attendees will connect and attend from their computer, one connection per purchase. For details please see our FAQ

If you are unable to attend at the scheduled date and time, we make recordings available to all registrants for three business days after the event


Introduction to Petroleum Pipeline Breakout Tanks

May 16, 2022 | Online
Individual attendee(s) - $ 895.00 each

Volume pricing also available

Individual attendee tickets can be mixed with ticket packs for complete flexibility

Pack of 5 attendees - $ 3,580.00 (20% discount)
Pack of 10 attendees - $ 6,265.00 (30% discount)
Pack of 20 attendees - $ 10,740.00 (40% discount)

Your registration may be transferred to a member of your organization up to 24 hours in advance of the event. Cancellations must be received on or before April 15, 2022 in order to be refunded and will be subject to a US $195.00 processing fee per registrant. No refunds will be made after this date. Cancellations received after this date will create a credit of the tuition (less processing fee) good toward any other EUCI event. This credit will be good for six months from the cancellation date. In the event of non-attendance, all registration fees will be forfeited. In case of conference cancellation, EUCIs liability is limited to refund of the event registration fee only. For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaints and refunds, please contact our offices at 303-770-8800




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Requirements for Successful Completion of Program 

Participants must log in each day and be in attendance for the entirety of the course to be eligible for continuing education credit. 

Instructional Methods

PowerPoint presentations, group discussions, and active participation.

Upon successful completion of this event, program participants interested in receiving CPE credits will receive a certificate of completion.

Course CPE Credits: 8.0
There is no prerequisite for this Course.
Program field of study: Specialized Knowledge
Program Level: Basic
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based
Advanced Preparation: None

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Who Should Attend

This course is intended for those pipeline companies or utility companies that have breakout tanks within its pipeline system. Those individuals that perform operation and/or maintenance on such tanks or those responsible for the operation of the tank(s) will find value in this course. This can especially be beneficial to:

  • Engineers
  • Individuals who have a limited amount of experience in the pipeline industry
  • Individuals involved in the insurance industry
  • Zoning officials
  • Individuals that perform investigations of accidents
  • Those personnel who may be involved in loss prevention or budgeting

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