EEMUA Seminar: Plastic Tanks - Farewell to 'fit and forget'


The Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham




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This event will address the inspection and maintenance of plastic storage tanks.


Plastic tanks used in industrial heavy engineering applications have typically been regarded as “fit and forget” items, with lifetimes based purely on manufacturer’s recommendations. This often does not take into account the specific conditions of tank usage, leading both to tank failure in service, and the unnecessary scrapping of serviceable tanks.

EEMUA Publication 159 – “Users’ Guide to the Inspection, Maintenance and Repair of Above Ground Vertical Cylindrical Steel Storage Tanks” has become the de facto standard for owners and operators of such equipment worldwide, but there is no comparable guidance for users of plastic tanks. The upcoming EEMUA Publication 225 which will address the inspection and maintenance of plastic storage tanks, giving practical, pragmatic guidance for owners and operators of plastic tanks which will help reduce the risk of failure in service and enable the extension of service life where appropriate. This will also improve the image of plastic tanks, too often thought of as the “low cost, low quality” option, when the true issue has been the quality of the in service care, rather than the quality of the equipment.

This seminar will preview some of the approaches taken in EEMUA 225, and give an overview of the thinking of the Work Group in producing the publication. The Work Group has comprised experts from the user community, manufacturers and wider industry, brought together and supported by EEMUA.

Attendance is free of charge for delegates from EEMUA member companies. For member company users registering on the website for the first time, please note that there is an additional validation step. In this case, we recommend registering for the event only after the ‘Welcome to EEMUA’ communication has been received. This will ensure that once logged in you will have free entry to the event.

Limited spaces are available to delegates from higher education establishments, i.e. staff and full time students, at a reduced rate. All delegates from higher education establishments will be required to provide us with confirmation of their status accordingly, e.g. copy of student ID card, personnel ID card, etc.

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If you are unable to attend the event and would like to receive a notification once EEMUA 225 has been realeased, please send an email to

Who should attend:

Those responsible for specifying, maintaining, and operating plastic tanks.


EEMUA Member £ 0 - Member
Non-member £ 300 - Non-member
£ 95 - Higher education


10:00 - 10:10An introduction to EEMUA’s Storage Tank Committee
10:10 - 10:55Paper 1 - Plastic tanks – the regulator view
10:55 - 11:40Paper 2 - A user’s experience with plastic tanks
11:40 - 12:00Tea/Coffee
12:00 - 12:45Paper 3 - Current good practice in inspecting plastic tanks
12:45 - 13:45Lunch
13:45 - 14:30 Paper 4 - New inspection techniques – automated ultrasonic system
14:30 - 14:50Tea/coffee
14:50 - 15:35Paper 5 - End of life for plastic tanks
15:35 - 16:00Q & A
16:00 - 16:00Close