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2020 API Storage Tank Conference & Expo

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When: October 12, 2020 - October 16, 2020

Where: API Virtual Event

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A Message from the 2020 Planning Committee - 2020 API Storage Tank Conference - Attendee Letter.

Virtual Conference Program

The API Storage Tank Conference has been an annual event since 1995. It is considered the premier, high-level meeting of storage tank professionals, and has a loyal and dedicated attendee base.

The API Storage Tank Conference will be presented on an engaging virtual event platform.

This conference is volunteer driven, both at the planning committee and speaker level. We consistently produce a compelling conference program, with a focus on safety, best practices, and innovation. In addition, the conference provides an opportunity for attendees to earn PDH (Professional Development Hours), maintaining their certifications and required hours. The conference also provides the opportunity for networking and idea exchange, with our dedicated sponsors and exhibitors sharing their latest products and services.

Schedule at a Glance 

October 12 October 13 October 14-16
(8 AM - 12 PM)
API/STI-SPFA Field Erected Storage Tank 
Fundamentals Course 
API Storage Tank Conference
(1 PM - 5PM)
Virtual Exhibition

Who Should Attend

  • Tank, and Valves and Piping Professionals
  • Tank owners, managers, or operators
  • Experienced storage tank professionals 
  • Senior tank designer or construction specialist 
  • Representatives of oil and petrochemical refineries, utilities, pipelines, tank cleaning firms, and others interested in confined spaces and safe tank entry
  • Refinery and terminal owners, managers, or operators
  • Senior design or construction specialists

Media Sponsors




Virtual Conference Program

14 PDH (Professional Development Hours) will be provided for Conference attendance.

The work of the problem-solvers of our industry is never done.

2020 will be a different API Storage Tank Conference compared to past years, but one that’s right for you and all you work for. What will be the same is API bringing together the highest-level attendees in the industry.

We are doubling down on innovation, allowing us to provide an engaging online experience incorporating latest technology and API’s deep experience in engaging communities online.

Online we’ll have a mix of live content, Q&As, live polling, Zoom breakouts, face-to-face meeting scheduling, and additional features the vibrant technology allows. Additionally, virtual attendees have the ability to schedule birds of the feather face to face meetings before the conference, just like meeting in person.

Our virtual platform will allow us to reach those unable to travel, unlocking a new global audience and growing the loyal, dedicated high-level audience this API conference is known for.

Join us this October. Because when people get together, things get done.

2020 Conference Presentations Include:

  • Keynote: US Energy Markets – Key Trends and Outlook – API Chief Economist
  • Tank NATECH and Storm Modelling
  • Considerations for Tank Jacking and Moving
  • Safety Considerations for Ammonia Storage Tanks
  • Have the Right Venting Capacity? Looking at the Latest API 2000 Testing
  • Insulation Technology Overview
  • How A Series of Devastating Earthquakes in New Zealand Has Put the Spotlight on the US Approach to Constructing Liquid Storage Tanks
  • What Exactly Are PHMSA Requirements For A Breakout Tank?
  • Existing, Emerging and Eventual Technology; What do Tank Owners need or want?
  • 2202 Lean Duplex Stainless Steel for Storage Tanks
  • A Review and Comparison of the STI SP001 and the API 653 AST Inspection Methods
  • Updates to API-2350 Standard (Edition 5) for Overfill Prevention of Atmospheric Storage Tanks
  • Why Do We Keep Blowing Things Up?
  • Tank Coatings Failure: Lessons Learned from the DoD
  • Challenges of meetings technical code and OSH requirements in remote and Arctic Environments
  • Comparison of VCI and CP Performance Using Floor Scan Data from Several 10-Year Old AST Floors
  • Maximizing Service Life of Protective Coatings and Linings in Petroleum Storage Tanks by utilizing a Comprehensive  QA/QC Program
  • Appendix U, How Does it Really Apply?Robotic Inspections

The above will include panel discussions, live Q&A, and face-to-face breakouts

US-EPA Courses: October 12, 2020

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will host two half day presentations on October 12:

Agenda - FRP Course and SPCC Course

  • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST: US-EPA Facility Response Plan (FRP) Course
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST: US-EPA SPCC Course

Mark Howard, US EPA OEM will discuss the inspector guidance for the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations (40 CFR part 112). Troy Swackhammer, US EPA OEM will discuss plan requirements for facilities covered by EPA's Facility Response Plan (FRP) regulation (40 CFR part 112). The USEPA will provide an overview of the SPCC guidance and FRP regulations along with examples and explanations helpful in understanding and applying the regulations and amendments. USEPA encourages interested parties to attend, including regulated facilities, SPCC/FRP consultants/planners, and any other persons involved with SPCC and/or FRP complicance. Conference registration required to attend.

API/STI-SPFA Field Erected Storage Tank Fundamentals Course: October 13, 2020

The course is designed for operators, inspectors, and engineers who wish to increase their knowledge of field-erected tanks.  Topics include considerations for locating and constructing tanks, corrosion protection and inspection of coatings, use of the API 650 Data Sheet and preparing an RFQ, and tank repairs and modifications.

7 PDH (Professional Development Hours) will be provided for course attendance. 

Course Agenda

Course topics include:

  • Consideration for Locating Tanks
  • Fundamentals of the Construction of Tanks
  • Corrosion Protection
  • API 650 Tank Data Sheet Details
  • Tank Construction
  • Coating Application and Inspections
  • Requests for Proposals
  • Tank Repairs and Modifications Overview

2020 Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus

Purchase your Virtual Sponsorship or Exhibit Booth
Pay online or request an invoice

Exhibitor Terms & Conditions

2020 Virtual Exhibit Process and Deadlines:

  • By October 7th: Deadline for becoming a virtual Sponsor or Exhibitor
  • Week of September 28th: Virtual Exhibit Hall login will be provided, along with optional training sessions
  • Week of October 5th: Conference attendee appointment scheduling opens
  • October 13-15: Virtual Exhibition and API Storage Tank Conference
  • Through October 2021: Continue to network and set up appointments with Conference attendees with year-long access to Virtual Exhibition Hall

Note that all sponsorships include a virtual exhibit booth.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Virtual Booth Kit

Exhibit Staff Registration

Deadline for registering your additional staff: 5:00 PM EST, October 7, 2020. Please identify your exhibit staff early!
Register Exhibit Staff here

Note: Use this link to register only after your companies Sponsor/Exhibitor application has been accepted. The registration fee is $395. To be eligible for this rate, the additional Sponsor/Exhibitor must be a direct employee of exhibiting or sponsoring company. This fee includes full conference registration. Note this does not include admission to the Tank Fundamentals or EPA courses offered October 12-13, 2020. To attend those courses you must pay the full admission fee for those courses. Exhibitor logins are not interchangeable; swapping or sharing of login information is not allowed.

Exhibitor Schedule at a Glance - All Times Central

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Virtual Exhibit Viewing
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Virtual Exhibition Viewing and Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Exhibition Viewing & Happy Hour
Thursday, October 15, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Virtual Exhibit Viewing
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Exhibition Viewing and Lunch
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Exhibition Viewing & Happy Hour
Friday, October 16, 2020
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration and Virtual Exhibit Viewing
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM
Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM
Coffee Break and Exhibitor Appointment Scheduling
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Exhibition Viewing and Lunch
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Virtual Exhibition Viewing & Happy Hour

For additional information, please contact:

Attendee and Exhibit Staff Registration: Michael Viola, 202-682-8195,
Virtual Exhibition Logistics: Lindsay Morrison, 202-682-8194,
Sponsor/Exhibitor Sales: Matthew Cunningham, 202-682-8158,

Co-Sponsored By


2020 Storage Tank Conference Platinum Sponsors