Volume: 10
Issue: 5

Published:
September 05, 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


ARA tank storage markets: more pain to come?

Consultant PJK International summarises how changes in the global oil markets are impacting profitability for tank terminal operators


Topsafe to expand in China

Topsafe, a third party logistics service provider, owns and operates a petrochemical storage facility in Guangdong province, south China. The site is located at Humen Port Lisha Island Petrochemical Base in the central region of The Pan Pearl River Delta, where approximately one tenth of China...


Slight slowdown but overall positivity

The long awaited Pengerang Independent Terminals facility, located at the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia’s Johor State, has now started operations. Built as a joint venture by Malaysia’s Dialog Group Berhad, Royal Vopak and Johor state government, Pengerang terminal is the first indep...


Third party terminal market enters new expansion phase

The storage terminal sector has seen a number of new developments lately, reflecting China’s fast economic development over the past decade. With suitable locations for terminals increasingly difficult to find in east China, in the Shanghai area in particular, international terminal operators are ...


Australia ups storage capacity in the wake of refinery closures

The new Pelican Point storage facility was opened on 30 April 2014 at Port Adelaide. It represents a 50% increase in the storage capacity of South Australia. The terminal is owned and currently operated by Terminals Pty and leased to Caltex. The facilities provide fuel to industry and local se...


Shift work and fatigue - keeping it simple

This article uses the 2005 Buncefield explosion and fires’ incident as a springboard to consider some of the key practical factors that operations and HSSE managers, safety reps and others in the major hazard side of the tank storage industry should look for in managing shift work and fatigu...


Fuel terminal asset protection

With fuel terminals running with limited but efficient manning levels, fixed fire safety systems play a vital role in the overall emergency response plan. They have the dual advantage of attacking the fire at the earliest stage and allowing employees to maintain a safe distance between them and the ...


High thermal radiation from large ethanol fires

Experience from smaller fires, with an area of just a few square metres of liquid fuel, is that fuels containing a high proportion of alcohol, such as E85, radiate less heat. This, therefore, has less thermal effect on their surroundings compared to petroleum-based fires of fuels, such as petr...


Handling a stormy situation

Pipeline and terminal operator Buckeye Partners owns a large storage terminal facility in the Bahamas known as BORCO. As this terminal is located in the tropics and semi-tropics, Buckeye is justifiably concerned about the possibility of lightning damage. Protecting against lightning is costly....


Fighting fire against the odds

ISO 14001 sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It does not state requirements for environmental performance, but maps out a framework that a company or organisation can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. The standard can be applied to a vari...


Tank heating: a new way of thinking

The rising number of infrastructure projects around the globe means higher volumes of product such as asphalt and bitumen. These heavy oils need to be heated to reduce the viscosity for pumping and transportation. Traditionally, heating in these tanks had been less important due to factors suc...


Why use a floating roof critical zone survey?

A floating roof, as its name implies, floats on the surface of the product in the storage tank. As the liquid level changes, during filling, emptying, or expansion and contraction due to temperature changes, the roof, by design, will move up and down with the fluid level in the tank. The float...


Improving confidence in tank inspection

Tank inspection is an important part of effective asset management, from both regulatory and operating efficiency perspectives. A failure of a tank can be catastrophic, but probably more likely is degradation resulting in slow loss of stored product and possibly contamination of the environmen...


In pursuit of great ground conditions

Typically, tanks are located on sites with less than perfect ground conditions near water access or old brownfield sites with poor or mixed soils. New sites adjacent to water often contain dredge spoil deposits of erratic strength and soil types. If left unimproved, these conditions can cause ...


FRANCE: complying with the latest regulations

Following several accidents as a result of ageing equipment, the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development launched an action plan to combat the situation at the end of 2008. This included several main issues: identification of the equipment to be inspected, definition of sensible areas,...


Engineering a partnership

From modest beginnings, E-M Co. – renamed EMCO Chemical Distributors – has grown into one of the top 10 largest privately owned distributors, blenders and custom packagers of industrial chemicals, specialty chemicals and fine ingredients in the US. It is also the 44th largest in the world,...


Easy access to inventory

Texas-based ZXP Technologies is a packaging, blending and distribution service for vehicle, commercial and industrial lubricants, as well as bulk power products. Spanning 40 acres, ZXP Technologies specialises in antifreeze, vehicle lubrication and bulk powder products. The facility, also serv...


Preventing loss with insulating coatings

A common, and unfortunate, theme of storage tanks around the world today is loss. Whether it is vapour loss, energy loss, or even loss of substrate due to corrosion, any of them can be costly. Most facilities have to contend with at least two of these, but sometimes they have to deal with all ...


Safety first for industrial coatings

Coating contractors regularly engage in one of the most hazardous jobs at a facility. Published OSHA accident reports available on the US Department of Labor web site read like tragic news headlines: ‘One killed, two injured when paint vapour explodes’; ‘One employee dies and one is burn...