Volume: 10
Issue: 2

Published:
March 17, 2014

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


Storage tanks: Conceptually simple, technically complex

Are your tank installations optimising safety and cost-effectiveness by making use of the latest theory and practice for inspection and maintenance? Aboveground cylindrical tanks constructed in steel plate form the mainstay of industrial process plants the world over when it comes to bulk fl...


A family-based company with global ambition

Figaro den Hollander, owner of Navigator Network, a headhunting office specialised in energy and industry, talks to Daan Vos, MD at Oiltanking Europe about the company’s values and future plans Even at university, Daan Vos was already fascinated by the dynamics of industrial companie...


Things can only get better

As we head into another year of backwardation, Amy McLellan talks to terminals across Europe to see how their facilities are faring Ports are useful yardsticks of economic health. Their endof- year score cards lay bare in simple tonnage the consumer goods, foodstuffs and energy product...


From refining to storing and trading

JBC Energy presents its take on the future path of refinery consolidation and the effects this will have on trade flow and storage After a brief moment of respite in 2012, refining margins have done what many expected and returned to rather uncomfortable levels. Due to a cocktail of...


Guidelines for measuring and improving process safety management

The Energy Institute (EI) has just published the first five of its ‘process safety management guidelines’ series. The EI’s Stuart King, EI Process Safety Survey’s Martin Ball and Leigh Hunt, and independent safety consultant John Pondant take a closer look... Process safety is ...


Blind trust or keeping an eye open?

Nobody doubts the importance of safety in the tank storage industry, although it would be foolish to claim that incidents can always be avoided. The Dutch Association of Independent Tank Storage Companies (VOTOB) was once more confronted with the safety risks of the sector when, in 2012, Odfje...


Regulatory changes in AST corrosion protection

You’ve probably heard the phrase: ‘The only constant is change’. Aboveground storage tank (AST) owners know from experience that best practices and regulations today will be different next year, and again the year after that. Florida has some of the most stringent regulations in the U...


Storage terminal solves expensive metering problem

United Riverhead Terminal (URT) is located on the north shore of Long Island, 80 miles east of New York Harbour and was built in 1956. All products are received and shipped via marine vessels that load and offload at a deep water platform located one mile offshore in the Long Island Sound. ...


Monitoring flat-bottomed tanks with vacuum leak detectors

The term ‘flat-bottomed tank’ normally refers to tanks standing aboveground, which have a flat bottom and a fixed roof (tank shell and roof firmly attached to one another) or a floating roof (the roof floats on the liquid and rises and falls when the tank is filled or emptied). These tanks...


Choosing the optimum tank cleaning system

Over time, usable tank capacity is reduced by the volume of sludge. The tank operator needs then to clean the tank in order to re-establish its full capacity. In addition to this, national inspection regulations require a leak test every five or 10 years (double floor). To perform this insp...


Expanding storage in Peru

When the Natural Gas Liquids (NGL) fractionation plant in Peru wanted to expand it awarded the turnkey project to OHL Industrial. The project was executed entirely through Ecolaire España (OHL Industrial Oil & Gas).The plant expansion included a third NGL fractionation unit, which is used to obtain...


One pump, multiple uses

Oil and tank farm installations have experienced a real boom over the past few years. New tank farms are being built worldwide to cover the growing demand for crude and refined oil products. And there seems to be no end in sight to this trend. Innovative and more flexible pumping systems can m...


Transforming crude sludge deposits into recovered oil

Nowadays millions of barrels of crude oil are stored in different locations worldwide. Most of this oil is found in steel tanks at tank terminals or refineries, where the tanks are filled and emptied on a non-regular basis. Crude oil itself is a mixture of different kinds of hydrocarbons, water and ...


Lighter couplings = safer terminal

The physical exertion involved in the positioning, handling, pressurising and bolting of couplings in a tank terminal or tankship setting can present health and safety issues to terminal staff. Although the option of lifting equipment such as trolleys or cranes is generally available, time res...


Homogenising fluids with compressed gas

If fluids have to be mixed regularly, or even permanently, the reliability of a mixing device is vitally important. Pneumatic impulse mixing complies with this requirement as it does not actuate any rotating parts in a storage tank like mechanical agitators Since industry applications ...


How to deal with shortcomings in regulation? Avoiding a false sense of security

Things can get complicated when certain regulations conflict with each other. As the Netherlands is in the top three of countries with the largest fuel storage capacity in the world, it is a good place to look at. Dutch regulation PGS29 Publication Harzardous Substances: Directive for abovegro...


Repairing roof top leaks in-service

National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) had two aboveground storage tanks (AST) holding petrol and diesel fuel and scrape, seal and coat the leak using a nonpermanent epoxy solution. The cost, time and safety impacts of this situation resulted in the company planning to take the tank ...


The internet of tanks

The physical world is becoming an information system of sensors and actuators embedded in physical objects. Tanks, for example, are linked through wired and wireless networks via the internet protocol. These so-called web-based technologies are not only changing the technical way of data integration...


Unravelling the misconceptions

The past couple of years have seen heightened interest in how to improve the accuracy of emission estimates for storage tanks that either receive hot stocks or heat the stock in the tank. This interest has been driven both byregulatory enforcement and by initiatives to improve the accuracy of ...


An integrated approach helps fuel growth in Kenya

a Despite challenges in 2013, Kenya is among Africa’s success stories. A strong private sector, relative political stability, better literacy levels than its neighbours, market-friendly policies and good trade have helped sustain development. The economy grew 5.1% last year, and can look f...


A faster alternative

When a marine terminal in the UK refurbished its bunds last year the contractor Trant Construction decided to use Concrete Canvas (CC). CC is a flexible concrete impregnated geotextile that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, fibre reinforced concrete layer. Used predominately for...


A safe harbour

Even if there are no visible signs, there is still a lot going on in a tank terminal. They ensure the reliable and constant supply of fuels and raw materials: in ports, refineries, industrial plants and at airports. Any interruption to the supply chain would lead to a bottleneck in the fuel su...