Volume: 9
Issue: 3

Published:
May 13, 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


A perfect storm?

UK refining industry association UKPIA believes the country is losing ground on others and talks are needed to redress the balance The UK’s downstream oil industry is at a crucial crossroad against a backdrop of tough market conditions, cost pressures, supply against demand challenges, a b...


Time to Reach out is ticking

The countdown to the next Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals (Reach) deadline of 31 May is underway, a time for pre-registered companies that manufacture or import EU phase-in substances in quantities above 100 tonnes a year to register their chemicals with th...


ITC grows in Houston

The economic recovery has enabled ITC to add a greenfield terminal to its operations ‘There is a lot of excitement in store for Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC)’, says the company’s CEO Bernt Netland. ITC has just embarked on a new greenfield development project close to its cu...


US storage boom reflects the continued shale revolution

Increasing crude volumes, low feedstock prices and end product specification changes are all fuelling new opportunities for storage and terminals across the US US crude oil production in 2012 grew more than in any year since the first commercial well was drilled in 1859, and it is set ...


Billions on rails

Out of the many components in the fuel storage supply chain, the tank car has become a hot commodity as rail is the only option for those refiners who want in on the low cost bonanza of Bakken and Athabasca crude. These oilfields in remote areas of North Dakota and Canada have not resolved the pi...


Do you have to take the hydrotest?

Hydrotesting can be expensive and extremely challenging if the terminal is far from a water source, so a well executed hydro exemption plan may be a popular alternative to prove the integrity of the tank Every year tank owners spend millions repairing aboveground storage tanks. API 653...


Keeping it in the family

In today’s corporate environment it is getting harder and harder to find true 100% family run companies. Thankfully they still exist and Tank Storage magazine met with one such company shortly after this year’s StocExpo. Ivens Constructiebedrijf is situated in the heart of the Port of A...


SIOT introduces wireless radar for custody transfer of crude for the heart of Europe

By converting to a wireless measurement system, SIOT improved custody transfer efficiency for its oil movement business, realised cost savings in its communication infrastructure and increased flexibility for future modifications In 2012, Società Italiana per l’Oleodotto Transalpino S.p.A...


Steel experts join forces

NLMK Clabecq (Belgium), NLMK Verona (Italy) and NLMK DanSteel (Denmark) have come together to form NLMK Europe, a special division designed to produce quenched and tempered steel for use in the storage sector. Since the end of last year this division can produce both wider and thicker plate...


How to survive the storm

New recommendations require the use of by-pass conductors, so what are they and why are they needed? In 2009, API 545, ‘Recommended Practice for Lightning Protection of Aboveground Storage Tanks for Flammable or Combustible Liquids’, First Edition, replaced the lightning protection...


Fire safety: make the right choice

Fire in a storage tank, or in the surrounding bund, is a challenge to both fire fighters and tank operators. The value of the contents makes the provision of fire protection commercially viable, while the risk to life makes it essential The fire protection options available to tank operators...


Next communication step

Wireless communication around tank farms and refineries is becoming more apparent – but why? Storage tanks and tank farms in process industries like oil, gas and petrochemicals, and also in distribution depots, require a wide range of field measurements. Among the most important are tank g...


Major shift approaching for tank coatings

Not much has changed over the past few decades in basic corrosion prevention techniques for bulk storage tanks until the advent of fieldproven vegetable oil-based coatings. Conventional epoxies, polyurethane and polyurea products offer cold weather application performance, chemical resistan...


How to ensure incident-free pipeline maintenance

Proper planning for pipeline maintenance projects is the key to ensuring that safety, environmental compliance and scheduling do not become costly problems In the US alone, there are more than 2.5 million miles of petroleum and chemical pipelines. Of these, the largest segment consists of na...


Getting the full picture

Steel is inherently unstable over time; the challenge to any tank terminal operator is catching structural and corrosive failure before it occurs Tank inspection techniques for determining integrity, remaining life and fitness for service are evolving every day. New technologies and workflow...


Tank floor monitoring using ultrasonic guided waves

Leaking fluids from aboveground atmospheric storage tanks is a major issue. Most countries have stringent regulatory requirements for the avoidance of potential pollutant leaks from tanks, so that there is considerable pressure on tank and terminal operators to ensure that leaks do not occur. A n...


Matching the pump to its purpose

Over the last few years the Port of Fujairah in the UAE has been establishing itself as a major storage hub. Germany-based screw pump manufacturer Leistritz has been involved with supplying equipment to several of the new installations. The company has provided single and double volute twin...


Making smart energy choices

As utility costs rise, sliding vane pump technology may become the choice for energy efficient operations in all types of liquid storage terminal applications A liquid storage terminal, as recently as 10 years ago, was considered to be operating at maximum efficiency and profitability ...