Volume: 9
Issue: 2

Published:
March 04, 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


New NACE standard introduces DNA-based corrosion detection

Tank farm and storage terminal infrastructures are susceptible to a number of internal corrosion threat mechanisms. Innovative molecular microbiological methods (MMM) are now being employed by the industry to diagnose and reduce the threat of microbiologically influenced corrosion (MIC). Al...


Transport LNG, turnaround times and Thames Oilport

Frits Eulderink, COO of Vopak, tells Tank Storage magazine what it is focusing on in 2013 The general financial climate has been anything but stable over the past few years, impacting everyone from car manufacturers to furniture retailers. Terminal operators, although more resilient th...


A lot can happen in a year

Tank Storage Magazine looks at the key acquisitions that have taken place across Europe over the past 12 months At the beginning of last year Canada’s Inter Pipeline Fund, which already owns Simon Storage, completed the acquisition of four oil storage terminals in Denmark from a subs...


European storage: Geared up for growing trade

In the context of a recession where most European industries struggle with declining demand, the oil storage sector appears to benefit from growing trade volumes and has seen continued investment over the past few years Preliminary data for OECD Europe suggests that oil products trade ...


Facing cyber crime head on

Cyber security failures can impact a terminal, personnel, the environment and the corporate image just as much as any other major incident Tank farms and storage are a key part of the bigger energy picture and nowhere is that more evident than in a discussion of security. Safety and ph...


What links Desert Storm, the Clinton-era federal budget deficit, Hurricane Katrina and the topplin

What links Desert Storm, the Clinton-era federal budget deficit, Hurricane Katrina and the toppling of the Gaddafi regime in Libya? They all triggered a release from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), the world’s largest government-owned crude oil programme with capacity of 727 mill...


Poland: compulsory storage changes to reduce tankage demand

Since 1996 all liquid fuel producers and importers in Poland have been obligated to hold minimum compulsory stocks. In 2007 a new Act came in, changing the requirements so that the country meets its obligations by holding 14 days of government stocks and obligating the industry to hold 76 days...


Africa: the land of opportunity?

Kenya’s third party petroleum terminal industry has just received an important boost with the opening of VTTI Kenya’s new 111,000m3 Mombasa storage terminal on 23 January which will also help improve petroleum supplies elsewhere in east Africa. Planned to serve the whole of Kenya’s do...


Automatic tank cleaning: cut costs, reduce risks and save time

In the petrochemical industry it is paramount to sufficiently maintain tanks to maximise their lifespan. Cleaning plays a critical part in the necessary maintenance of tanks and helps to prevent tank deterioration that often leads to expensive repairs. Traditional tank cleaning can be labou...


Reducing bottlenecks, waiting time and improving customer service

Increasing the overall efficiency of any facility is a major undertaking. In areas where time processing loads needs to be reduced, terminal automation systems have been capable of reducing times by 75%. This could be the difference of a 20 minute interaction being reduced to six minutes. Idle time ...


Insulation coatings: when you should use them

With the multitude of products requiring bulk storage, there are a percentage of tanks that require thermal insulation. Though thermal insulation is a necessity for these specific products, the expense of installing and maintaining it can outweigh any costs saved by decreasing energy usage or ...


Can emissions be controlled by just tank roofs?

Theoretically a tank containing petrol and air would not produce any emissions, if it was hermetically sealed and the tank walls were about to withstand the pressure. The petrol and the air in such tank would stay in equilibrium. At constant temperature the petrol vapour pressure and the co...


If we fail to plan, we plan to fail...

The Major Incident Investigation Board into the Buncefield incident highlighted the need for a coordinated approach or mutual aid arrangement to handle a similar event. The HSE has a particular interest in ensuring compliance with pre-plans that identify multi-tank/ bund scenarios and associat...


Compressing the project schedule

How Oranje-Nassau Energie is building tanks in record time In less than six months time, two storage tanks with a cone roof and aluminium internal floating roof need to be constructed and erected for a new build gas production facility at the largest tank terminal and refining area of ...


Hot topic: minimising steam loss

Thermal imaging inspections are helping Vopak know when to renew its pipeline insulation and avoid unnecessary risks, as well as financial losses When transporting high volumes of hot gaseous or liquid chemicals through a network of pipes the quality of the pipework insulation is of vi...


Comparing oil and grease in water testing methods

Whether trying to meet effluent limits for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit or comply with oil and grease limits for the Clean Water Act (CWA), it is important to understand what could make oil in water readings vary. The following factors need to be considered when c...