Volume: 9
Issue: 5

Published:
September 02, 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


Africa: a continent of opportunity and challenge

Africa offers significant opportunities for the bulk liquid storage sector, particularly in oil products, but the continent’s inadequate inland communications infrastructure remains a major challenge to demand growth One of Africa’s largest and longest-established independent provi...


Wider repercussions

When ENOC opened its new 508,000m3 terminal facility in Tangier last year, it had three main purposes: serve the local market, provide bunker fuel and draw on business from Europe. ‘The terminal is located at the crossing of two major maritime routes and only 15km from the European Union,...


Reducing risk while minimising costs

Pinnacle Asset Integrity Services explains the unique routine it uses to address the implementation and management of risk based inspection programmes for tanks With the guidance of OSHA’s Process Safety Management (PSM) programme, refineries, chemical and petrochemical facilities ar...


New fuel = new opportunities

Demand is growing for LNG as a marine transport fuel, so what does this mean for storage operators? The shipping industry is in a slump. Following a new build spree there is a glut of capacity weighing on a market still reeling from the post-2008 contraction in global trade. There is no sign...


Changing everything

As the US Department of Energy makes clear its intention to approve several licenses for the export of LNG, billions of dollars in terminal and pipeline capacity development is at play looking to change the globe’s energy pricing, storage and distribution landscape Viewed as a potential wi...


Developing a safety culture

A terminal manager, who worked at Tosco for many years, discusses how he changed attitudes to safety at four terminals in northern California There are many reasons why a company may wish to enhance their safety culture: regulatory ‘encouragement’, an effort to control costs through the ...


Update on Buncefield recommendations

It would be all too easy to specify a SIL3 rating for all overfill protection systems. This is unnecessary and risks missing the real lessons from Buncefield and other similar incidents. An analysis of the appropriate SIL rating per tank is necessary. More important is the need to separate the...


Improving terminal operations while simplifying regulatory compliance reporting

Efficiency, cost control and enhanced visibility are more important than ever in today’s increasingly complex terminal environment. At the same time, marine terminal operators must operate in a challenging regulatory climate and support new and more rigorous expectations for industry best pr...


Hydrocarbon concerns: six key areas

There are many complexities of transporting and storing fuel. A weak link in the chain creates potential for disaster, so it’s vital not to only rely on point gas sensors but to consider the complete liquid phase leak detection system 1. Aboveground detection - Rapid detector resp...


Optimising inspections

Storage tank inspection is required to ensure a tank continues to be fit for purpose and does not present a risk to the product stored, personnel or the environment. Some of this inspection can be carried out with the tank in service, such as tank shell corrosion measurement and visual inspect...


What is an encapsulator agent?

Encapsulator technology is a tool developed during the late 1990s to control hydrocarbon spills. Since its inception, the technology has continued to be enhanced and has diversified in application and use. Encapsulator technology has been identified to be beneficial in applications such as ...


New marine terminal for hydrocarbon storage and distribution in the Port of Algeciras (Cádiz)

In December 2010, Ecolaire España S.A. (OHL Industrial Oil & Gas), a subsidiary company of OHL Industrial and integrated in OHL Group, was awarded the turnkey contract for the construction of a marine terminal in the Port of Algeciras (Cádiz). The Algeciras Terminal project was designed t...


Multiple ground improvement technologies for tank sites with variable soils

The Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal Company (BOSTCO), owned by Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (55%) and TransMontaigne Partners (45%), has approximately 185 acres of land and waterfront on the Houston Ship Channel in La Porte, Texas, US. The first phase of terminal construction, which began...


New measurement protocol becomes the norm for the Netherlands

Leak detection and repair (LDAR) programmes are becoming increasingly important when stepping up efforts to reduce hydrocarbon emissions. Not only do evaporating hydrocarbons represent a loss in revenue, reducing emissions also play a part in improving tank farm safety, as well as reducing the...


Forge-ing joins at new temperatures

In recent years regulatory authorities have placed increased emphasis on maintaining the integrity of aboveground steel storage tanks (ASTs) to reduce incidents of loss of containment that result in offsite environmental impact. This regulatory focus has created increased need for AST fleet op...


Planning to avoid failure

Accidents involving storage tanks are unfortunately not as uncommon as people in the industry would like. The oldest and most significant event occurred in January 1919 at an alcohol factory in Boston, US1 when a tank exploded and dumped 9.5 million gallons of molasses. In January 2005 an o...


Integrating security into automation

In today’s hectic world, terminal managers face many challenges and most of those do not deal with the loading and unloading of product. Compliance with local, state and federal requirements around emissions, both physical and cyber security, as well as the normal business objective of opera...