Volume: 10
Issue: 3

Published:
May 12, 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


No holding back

Midstream operator Targa Resources has announced approximately $1.7 billion (€1.2 billion) in organic capital expenditure projects through 2014. We talk to the company’s VP of petroleum logistics Vincent DiCosimo to learn more about where this money will be spent. Channelview Terminal c...


Houston, we have a problem

The US oil and gas production boom is creating new opportunities for savvy terminal operators. Houston and the Gulf Coast region are awash with crude. Last year the glut was centred on Cushing, the strategic storage hub in Oklahoma, but as existing lines are reversed or new pipelines b...


Engineering expertise

Following its major contribution to the development of Fujairah, MUC Oil & Gas has gone on to establish itself as one of the Middle East’s key engineering and consultancy firms In the Middle East, the emirate of Fujairah is the region’s emerging oil hub and the third largest in the...


Open for business

Odfjell brought online its twelfth bulk liquid storage terminal in December 2013 and held its grand opening in March. Built in the US state of South Carolina, Odfjell Terminal Charleston (OTC) adds a strategic location to the Odfjell logistics network that services the petrochemical industry. Loc...


Building a competitive tank programme

A look at cost and schedule deviation and key improvement opportunities for three categories of tank project: new tank installation, tank revamp and tank maintenance Many major petroleum refining and transportation companies spend millions of dollars annually on their tank programmes: ...


Do you know the lifecycle costs of your storage tanks?

Storage tank manufacturing is a competitive market. Maintaining an edge in tank design and cost are important factors in staying ahead of the competition. Stainless steel is an ideal material for safe and sustainable applications. It is durable, corrosion resistant, practically maintenancef...


A tall order

A collaboration of construction and engineering firms faced a tough task meeting Odfjell Terminals’ unique requirements for its new Charleston facility When Odfjell Terminals was ready to invest in a marine terminal in Charleston in the US state of South Carolina, it called on The Roberts ...


The third way to build a tank

There are two methods to erecting tanks under API 650 standards. The first method involves the assembly of the tank from the bottom to top with the use of scaffolds (the traditional method). The second method assembles the tank from the top to bottom using a hydraulic jack system (the jacking ...


Not what it said on the tin

A challenging steel plate prefabrication project led to one company expanding its operations In 2013, a liquid ammonia terminal in Bulgaria wanted to build a 14,700m3 refrigerated liquid ammonia storage tank. The scope of supply included shell, annular, roof and bottom plates totalling...


Tip of the iceberg or tipping point?

In the US downstream market, the widespread adoption of PIDX has forced compliance within the industry. That trend is just now starting to emerge in Europe The approval of the latest version of the Petroleum Industry Data Exchange (PIDX) standards in April 2013 marks another turning po...


A perfect partnership

A web-based terminal automation system has been installed at two sites for Bulgaria’s largest independent fuel company, Saksa OOD. European Automation Projects (EA Projects), a supplier of terminal automation systems, carried out the work, which included the installation of i-Supervisor + TAS t...


Business system interface

Terminals enjoy a wide range of ERP solutions and configurations. The way the terminal automation solution interacts with the business system will vary based on the terminal requirements, making each operation unique. The challenge, therefore, is to devise a software interface that can be inte...


Increasing safety levels

In 2012, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies decided to refit its Middle East-based terminals with new tank overfill prevention technology. The tanks were already equipped with an automated tank gauging system, however this did not conform with the latest standards. In orde...


Another dimension

What possibilities can laser scanning and 3D computer modelling provide to the bulk liquid storage sector? Laser scanning and 3D computer modelling is becoming more widely used in the oil and gas sector. Laser scanning, also known as LIDAR because the process is derived from light detecti...


No need for shunts

Metal primary seals negate the requirement for shunts on floating roof tanks In an unusual confluence of events, both the American Petroleum Institute API 545, Lightning Protection of Aboveground Storage Tanks for Flammable or Combustible Liquids, and the National Fire Protection Assoc...


Tanks beware

Lightning is Mother Nature’s own explosive and unpredictable mega-Taser which can be deadly and destructive. Tank storage terminals around the world: pay attention Whether downstream or upstream, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing or exploration, all companies storing volatile and c...


Tank degassing and cleaning with encapsulator agents

In a world where time is money, a new technology has emerged that can save contractors time degassing and cleaning storage tanks, pipelines and other process units. When a tank needs to be accessed for inspection, repairs, cleaning, decommissioning or whitewashing, the traditional method of de...


Ethanol blending optimisation

How the installation of a new blend valve actuator has improved operations for one US terminal The ethanol blending process is a critical part of petrol terminal operation and has a significant impact on product quality, meeting environmental regulations and profitability. Optimisin...


Staying ahead of the game

AODD pumps have proven their worth in hazardous ATEX Zone 0 areas at oil storage terminals The challenge of safely and economically dealing with rainwater and petrochemical spills in ATEX Zone 0 areas is growing. In many European countries especially, tank storage terminals must adhere...


Good things come in packages

Packaging pumps and meters together to move fluids is not a new concept. However, with the large amount of liquid products being moved today, from crude oil and gases, to biodiesel and ethanol, the need for new projects to be executed quickly is of growing importance. A packaged system from a ...


Energy efficiency is the key

Double volute twin screw pumps are rotary positive displacement pumps which have a wide field of applications. They are used in the oil and gas, and chemical and petrochemical industries, in addition to tank storage facilities, shipbuilding and power generation. The pumps themselves are sel...


Multiple screw pumps on FPSO vessels

During the past five decades, the booming offshore activities of the oil and gas industry required new approaches to processing and transportation of the well streams from platforms and subsea fields. FPSO vessels are converted tankers or specially designed floating facilities which are div...


Crude oil gathering

A record number of sites are being drilled and produced across the US. These sites generally ship their crude oil by truck to a ‘central’ gathering point or terminal where it then is either shipped by pipeline or by rail to refineries. Typically the production sites will have a lease au...


Another record year

StocExpo 2014, which took place at the Ahoy in Rotterdam between 18-20 March, broke records with 200 companies exhibiting at the show and 2,942 people in attendance, a significant 32% boost in visitors compared with last year. The three-day conference which sits at the heart of StocExpo als...