Volume: 9
Issue: 1

Published:
January 18, 2013

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


Germany: new changes explained

Updated requirements for preventing explosions at tank storage facilities and filling plants for flammable liquids came in on 31 December 2012 Up until 2003 the requirements for the explosion prevention of tank storage facilities and filling plants for flammable liquids in Germany were legal...


A Prime location

With so much happening in Fujairah, Tank Storage magazine talks to IL&FS Prime Terminal, one of the latest companies to break ground in the rapidly developing region The Port of Fujairah in the UAE is one region where storage overcapacity, in the long term, is definitely not a problem....


Double capacity = double trouble?

Operators in Fujairah are feeling pleased with themselves: refinery capacity is growing, the new ADCOP pipeline has just opened and the location is attracting traders from all across Asia. We speak to the main players to find out whether they are now in danger of overcapacity Oil termi...


Training: just like a fine wine...

In the world of health and safety, good workplace competency takes centre stage. In the early days, competency was a mere ideal thrashed out by safety experts over bad coffee. Now, competency has become the standard high hazard sites are compelled to achieve Like a fine wine, competenc...


Sometimes it takes a partnership

Terminal automation supplier Toptech Systems has partnered with Rotterdambased Argos Group and others in Europe to pilot a platform that is able to deliver terminal lifting data to partners that do business at these terminals. For the last few years Toptech has been working to address the v...


Renovated tank foundations - design and safety considerations

The foundation is one of the most important parts of a storage tank. However most codes do not provide detailed requirements and guidance on foundation design. Furthermore, codes such as EEMUA and API do not provide recommendations on renovated tank foundations, only for newly built tanks. Cer...


Is a floating roof enough for shale oil tanks?

True vapour pressure (TVP) is a physical property pertaining to the potential of a liquid to evaporate. TVP is a critical parameter in the estimation of storage tank emissions, and it is also used to determine the applicability of air regulations to a given storage tank. When a regulated st...


Making the commitment

Since degassing is one of the most dangerous and regulated procedures in a refinery, it’s important for all vendors to remain 100% dedicated to compliance and safety The three biggest issues concerning tank degassing are: safety, regulatory compliance and price. Safety clearly lea...


Vapour recovery: a glossary of terms

The growth in environmental legislation throughout the world has garnered increasing interest, or indeed in many cases a legal requirement, in the recovery of hydrocarbon vapours (VOCs) from storage or the transfer of products from storage to carrier and vice versa. With the growth in the use of ...


Logistics solution for marine loading arms holds key to refinery expansion

Shipping components 4,000km is an everyday occurrence, but when it comes to 39 highly advanced engineered marine loading arms – each one as big as three articulated lorries end to end and weighing almost 1,500 tonnes in total – there is a logistics challenge. The arms will form an integ...


Searching for a liner resistant to benzene

When Flint Hills Resources set out to refurbish a tank that would hold benzene/ reformate, the company quickly realised it needed a secondary containment liner that was resistant to the chemical Flint Hill Resources’ (FHR) petrochemicals are used to manufacture goods from plastics to...


How to avoid breaking the supply chain

Though it would be virtually impossible to determine the exact number of aboveground storage tanks that are located at the bulk storage facilities that dot the US landscape – the API puts the number somewhere in the range of 700,000 – it is safe to say that they play a critical role in the...


High risk upgrades

The Port of Los Angeles is a flurry of activity as pressure intensifies to upgrade and repair oil terminals, some of which have been labelled ‘high risk’ by California state officials A recent report from the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) to the city’s Board of Harbour Commissioners...


Covering all angles

How one terminal combined GPS and laser scanning for a comprehensive insight into the facility’s containment capacity Secondary containment at a storage terminal is one thing, proving that it is adequate enough to comply with the relevant API standard is another. A terminal operat...


Tank Storage Asia 2012: Good news all round

The important take home from last year’s Tank Storage Asia Conference in Singapore is that demand for capacity in the region is very much on the up. One reason for this is that there is planned refining capacity of 6.5 million barrels a day. On top of this Asia is a net importer of naphth...