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HM 31 GUIDE TO HYDROCARBON MANAGEMENT IN PETROLEUM REFINERY OPERATIONS

Training in best practice procedures also has an important part to play by increasing awareness and raising operating standards.

Editorial Note: This document is an updated and revised version of the internationally recognised Guide to hydrocarbon loss accounting and control in petroleum refinery operations that was originally published by the Institute of Petroleum as Part XVII of the IP Petroleum Measurement Manual in 1995. The IP Petroleum Measurement Manual was first issued in 1952, and has always provided guidance on what constitutes best measurement practice in the petroleum industry and in some cases, specifications for the accuracy and repeatability of the measurement instrumentation are recommended. Measurement accuracy is fundamental to good hydrocarbon management, and its importance was emphasized by the inclusion of the following text in the Foreword to the previous edition:

Measurement accuracy is essential for the sale, purchase and handling of petroleum products. It reduces the likelihood of disputes between buyer and seller, and facilitates the control of losses. Accurate measurement involves the use of standard equipment and procedures.

This statement remains as true today as when it was first made in 1952, and its sentiments are to be commended to all users of this document.

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