LASTFIRE project (Large Atmospheric Storage Tanks)
On behalf of a consortium of 16 oil companies a project was initiated in the late
1990s to review the risks associated with large diameter (greater than 40m) open
top floating roof storage tanks. The project was known as the LASTFIRE project.
(Large Atmospheric Storage Tanks).
The project was initiated due to the oil and petrochemical industries recognition
that the fire hazards associated with large diameter, open top floating roof tanks
were insufficiently understood to be able to develop fully justified site specific
fire response and risk reduction policies
A true Fire Hazard Management(FHM) approach to reducing the fire associated
risk to as low as is reasonably practicable was avdopted during the project. This
is in line with current regulatory trends towards preparation of “Safety Cases"
whereby all aspects of risk mitigation including incident prevention are reviewed.
Under the direction of a Project Coordinator, a Working Group including Shell
and BP Research personnel worked closely with the project sponsors to investigate
these risks and to disseminate the findings of the review in the form of a
comprehensive 300 page document including:
- incident frequency survey
- review of incident escalation mechanisms
- risk reduction options
- review of foam properties
- risk workbook
- lightning issues review
- foam performance test for storage tank fires
The LASTFIRE Project provided an independent and comprehensive assessment of fire
related risk in large, open top floating roof storage tanks resulting in a methodology
by which site specific Fire Hazard Management policies can be developed and implemented.
It therefore represents a major advance in the knowledge of this risk.
Recent follow up work has included the development of the LASTFIRE Risk Workbook
into a fully computerised analysis tool, the delivery of a Storage Tank Firefighting
Workshop for RPI's clients worldwide, and the development of a foam performance
test exclusively for storage tank application.
LASTFIRE Meeting at RLESC in the News
A recent Gulf News article concerning the most recent LASTFIRE meeting held at the Ras Laffan Emergency and Safety College (RLESC) and hosted by Qatar Petroleum has emerged.Click ...
Draft Programme for LASTFIRE meeting in Qatar 29th April - 1st May
Draft Programme for LASTFIRE Meeting - Qatar Please see the draft programme that has now been published as the agenda for the forthcoming meeting, being hosted by Qatar Petroleum. This ...
LASTFIRE Foam Testing Guidance
Guidance on the LASTFIRE Foam Test for Storage Tank Fires has just been uploaded to the Member's Area - once logged in go to the Standards and Guidance page and download the document.The ...
LASTFIRE Meeting - Spring 2014 - Qatar
The next LASTFIRE meeting has been confirmed as Tuesday 28th April - Thursday 1st May 2014. Qatar Petroleum have kindly offered to host the meeting. Further details will be ...