Volume: 11
Issue: 4

Published:
July 21, 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


COMAH regulations altered under Seveso III Directive

June saw the implementation of the European Union’s Seveso III Directive, which brings some changes to the ‘Control of Major Accident Hazards’ (COMAH) regulations in the UK. The adapted directive, which replaced the Seveso II directive, focuses on the new system of classification of dan...


Inadequate industry standards identified in Caribbean Petroleum investigation

Caribbean Petroleum investigation The response of US industry, trade and professional associations to past incidents has been inadequate to prevent similar incidents, such as the Caribbean Petroleum (CAPECO) explosion in 2009. In its draft interim report, the US Chemical Safety Board found tha...


The fluid nature of storing oil on the high seas

With oil prices currently at a low, the demand for storage facilities is ever increasing. SOHAR Port and Freezone’s Edwin Lammers explains the effect that global oil prices are having on the shipping industry and the benefits and risks associated with storing crude oil. SOHAR Port and Free...


A one way street

Fuel distribution and storage provider Oryx Energies jointly owns (with the Tanzanian government) one of the largest bulk import and storage sites in sub-Saharan Africa. TIPER is a former refinery located in the strategic port of Dar es Salaam. In June 2015, Oryx Energies finished renovating t...


Turkey: interest wanes from international operators

Rising regional geopolitical tensions and conflicts are underscoring Turkey’s importance as a regional oil transit hub given its location between the oil rich Middle East and the Caspian region, and consuming markets in Europe. Turkey is also a major oil consumer in itself. With few significant h...


Guideline changes for refrigerated storage tanks

The Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) has completely revised its Publication 147: “Recommendations for refrigerated liquefied gas storage tanks”. EEMUA 147 collates best practices and advice from among the EEMUA membership – the owners and operators of industrial a...


Made in the USA..

Shale gas development in the US has been referred to by corporate executives as ‘a miracle’. In the late seventies, the US was so certain it was running out of natural gas that Congress passed ‘The Fuel Use Act’; effectively banning new natural gas fired power plants. A few years later...


Opening the LNG gateway to west Texas

An LNG export terminal at the Port of Brownsville, Texas, will open up the Eagle Ford fields of south west Texas to international exports by 2020. Texas LNG, which is located in the most southern part of Texas, is the closest of all US ports to the Panama Canal, which provides crucial access ...


The ups and downs of running an LNG terminal

In its four years of operation, Europe’s youngest land based large LNG regasification terminal Gate has seen the LNG market change drastically and rapidly. Gate’s commercial manager Stefaan Adriaens explains: ‘One of the most drastic market changes happened just before we became operati...


The European LNG terminal infrastructure 2015: status and outlook

In 2003 the Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) association published the first LNG map showing the location and characteristics of eight operational large-scale LNG terminals. Since then the European LNG terminal infrastructure landscape has changed significantly. The 2015 version of the LNG map...


Tank gauging innovations improve LNG terminal efficiency and safety

Newly developed technology for tank gauging can help LNG facilities and terminals handle the ever-increasing demands on efficiency, safety and accuracy. An open system architecture makes it easy to install the devices needed today and add or replace units in the future. This flexibility prote...


Vapour recovery developments in emission standards and applications

Throughout the world today, vapour recovery systems are a common sight at distribution terminals handling the transfer of products ranging from petrol to aromatics, such as benzene and xylene, and increasingly, crude oil. Some of the largest vapour recovery units in the world are used in crud...


Improve inspection results for reliable decisions in asset management

Storage tanks are highly valuable assets that are often subjected to harsh conditions and they operate within an ever tightening regulatory landscape. The typical tank operator is looking to extend asset life, eliminate unplanned downtime, and lengthen intervals between out of service inspections wh...


Tank inspection and calibration in South Africa

Tanks can be generically classified into two classes: pressurised tanks, such as LPG storage tanks with a design pressure of 50 kilopascals or higher, and atmospheric or low pressure storage tanks for petroleum products for example. The inspection and test requirements for the two classes dif...