Can your 200 psig propane tank remain in operation?

Propane tanks with a maximum allowable operating pressure (MAWP) of 200 psig (1380 kPa) need to meet certain requirements to remain in operation. These include, but are not limited to:

Specific requirements
For tanks manufactured according to paragraph U60 or U69 of the 1949 (or earlier) edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 1:

  • The tank is permitted to remain in operation only at its present location and shall not be moved and operated elsewhere.

For tanks manufactured according to paragraph U200 or U201 of the 1949 (or earlier) edition of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division 1:

  • The tank shall be re-rated according to NB-23 National Board Inspection Code to increase the MAWP from 200 to 250 psig. Re-rating documents including revised calculations, inspection records, and other required documents shall be submitted to BCSA for registration before November 1, 2017.

Compliance with these requirements is needed on or before November 1, 2017. Non-compliance will lead to the removal of these tanks from operation on or before May 1, 2018.

Who can work on a propane storage tank?
It’s important to note that for any propane tank, regardless of whether it has a MAWP of 200 psig or not, only individuals with certain qualifications can perform particular types of work:

Type of work Who can do the work
In-service inspection An individual who has successfully completed an inspection training program with proper documentation and validation such as a "Training Certificate."

Routine maintenance, including: 

  • Removal of debris
  • Replacement of rain hoods or covers
  • Relabeling or branding by propane supplier
  • Painting (including surface preparation)

 

An individual holding an operating permit or an employee of the operating permit holder.
Replacement or repair work of accessories (fittings, pressure relief valves, gauges, etc.) An individual holding either an active Class A or B Gasfitter Certificate of Qualification while working under a valid gas contractor licence.
Evacuating or transferring liquid or vapour propane from a container An individual trained and certified as required in CSA B149.2 Propane Storage and Handling Code, section 5.2.1.
Repair (welding, etc.) An individual holding a valid Class A or Au contractor licence under the Power Engineers, Boiler, Pressure Vessel and Refrigeration Safety Regulation.

 

To get answers to your propane tank questions and for the full requirements of the latest directives, check out our propane page and directives D-BP-2016-02 and D-BP/GA-2016-01.

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