Volume: 11
Issue: 3

Published:
May 08, 2015

Tank Storage Magazine

Tank Storage Magazine is the leading industry publication dedicated exclusively to the bulk liquid storage industry. It is read by terminal managers, senior engineers, logistics/distribution managers and CEOs within oil, gas and petrochemical facilities as well as third party terminal operators.



Headlines


Regulatory update

Jane Besch, operational excellence manager at Vopak Americas looks at the recent regulatory developments that could affect tank owners and operators. Ozone NAAQS (2008): In 2013, the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its decision, upholding the primary ozone National Ambient Ai...


Transforming the regulatory landscape for tank operators

A chemical leak into West Virgina’s Elk River set in motion the creation of the Aboveground Storage Tank Act – but time will tell if operators will remain in this new regulatory structure. On January 9, 2014, a chemical leak into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia, US contaminated t...


US export policy is holding back the crude

While consistent crude oil supply growth in the US has been warmly welcomed by terminal operators across the continent, it has highlighted a legislative problem that could significantly hamper future oil and gas exploration and production. Analysis by Bentek Energy, an energy market analytics...


Out with the old, in with the new

When Enterprise Products Partners bought Oiltanking Partners last year, Ken Owen, Bo McCall, Jon Ackerman and Javier del Olmo found themselves at a decision point. Owen, McCall, Ackerman and de Olmo comprised most of the management team of Oiltanking North America. They were passionate about t...


Carving a chemical storage niche in the Middle East

Arabian Chemical Terminals (ACT) is continuing to enhance its unique position within the Saudi Arabian chemical storage market by constructing an additional 13 tanks at its facility in Jubail Commercial Port, located in the Eastern Province at the Persian Gulf. Following the commissioning of ...


Satisfying storage demand in the US

Blackwater Midstream is reaping the benefits of a tightened capacity supply for chemical storage with by further expanding its second facility in the Port of New Orleans. The 58 acre site in Harvey, Louisiana, US, which was acquired in July 2013, began operations in July 2014 with a total ex...


Developments in BY-PASS CONDUCTORS for external floating roof tanks

It has been several years now that by-pass conductors have been required by both the American Petroleum Institute API RP-545 and the National Fire Protection Association NFPA 780, Chapter 7, which provides requirements for lightning protection of external floating roof tanks. Therefore, now is...


Asset integrity management: a combined approach

Storage terminals and their assets – specifically storage tanks and piping – are susceptible to material failure and a wide range of issues throughout their service life. While an integrity problem can lead to dangerous situations and unplanned downtime, uncontrolled corrosion in particul...


A new generation of double volute twin screw pumps

An innovative ‘Plug and Pump’ design has been introduced to the market by Klaus Union for double volute twin screw pumps. The pumps are built in accordance with the requirements of API 676, 3rd edition. Applications Double volute twin screw pumps, which were presented to the industry in the ...


Maximising storage capacity in an energy renaissance

As North America enjoys an energy renaissance Matrix PDM Engineering’s Ken Erdmann and PEMY Consulting’s Philip Myers explain how operators can squeeze more capacity from their tanks. North America is in the midst of an energy renaissance – one that has positioned the United States as...


Just add water

Concrete Canvas was originally incorporated to manufacture its Concrete Canvas Shelters: a ‘building in a bag.’ By just using water and air, a solid building can be deployed by two people in less than two hours and is ready to use in under 24 hours. This provides a solid, waterproof and fi...


Financial market trading of crude oil storage

Storage has become a tradable commodity on the financial market with the launch of the first ever physically delivered crude oil storage futures contract. The CME Group – the world’s leading derivatives marketplace – along with terminal operator LOOP and online oil marketplace NEO Marke...


Moving away from conventional seals

Gas sealing technology has been successfully applied in loading, unloading and transfer pumps in liquid storage terminals for more than 10 years. With average seal life and pump reliability exceeding more than three years in these very difficult pumping applications, the unique concentric dual...


A new era in tank protection

When Lightning Eliminators invented the Retractable Grounding Assembly (RGA) at the beginning of the new millennium, it was received with accolades. Once patented in 2006 – the RGA has been installed in thousands of tanks worldwide and it has attempted to be copied by several vendors around ...


Tank construction against the elements

When New Orleans-based Westway Terminals was ready to expand storage capacity at its terminal facility in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, US, it called on Fisher Tank Company to provide support for the project. Westway operates 15 bulk liquid storage terminals in North America that can accommo...


Simultaneous yet safe: a new approach to loading

In 2011 Spanish petrochemical company Cepsa undertook a review of operations at its Huelva site in southern Spain. The review incorporated a study into demurrage costs and jetty occupation, which were both reaching unacceptable levels. If the situation had continued it would have been impossible t...


Static grounding protection for tank cars

In the hazardous process industries, more commonly referred to as the HAZLOC industries, static electricity is generated virtually all of the time. Various grades of crude oil, refined petroleum products like LPG, and a host of chemicals fall into a category of materials that are often referre...


Innovation in Africa

In the last year, five Leistritz multiphase pumps have been installed in Algeria. The pumps are used to transfer crude oil and gas with a gas volume fraction (GVF) of 97% from the wellheads and manifolds to centralised treatment facilities. After separating oil and gas, the oil is transferred ...


Everyone wants a piece of the storage action

StocExpo 2015 maintained its position as the leading event within the tank terminal industry with more than 3,500 people in attendance over the course of the three days. The conference, which sits at the heart of the show, attracted more than 170 delegates and featured 30 speakers from key po...