Volume: 8
Issue: 4

Published:
August 31, 2012

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


NuStar: on a roll

In a difficult market one might expect storage operators to be reporting lower earnings, especially compared to the booming conditions of just a few months ago. Not so for San Antoniobased terminal operator NuStar Energy, which certainly seems to be bucking this trend. The company announced...


Evaluating and learning from near-misses

One finding common to most investigations of major failures is that they are preceded by a series of smaller incidents or near misses, which, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is dumb luck, do not result in a high consequence event. These precursor incidents are opportunities to...


Combining accuracy with safety

A storage tank overfill can occur during product delivery or due to internal pressure build-up. Both recurring small product spills and sole large overfills can result in severe safety, environmental, monetary and violation consequences. Phillips 66, a global leader in the refining, marketi...


Mitigating corrosion

Storage tanks can take a beating from corrosion over time. The vapour spaces in cone roof tanks and some floating roof configurations are left to the mercy of the product that they contain. There are limited options generally available to protect these expensive roofs, such as: coatings, alter...


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The uncontrolled and unplanned release of toxic crude into the environment is every oil operating and handling company’s nightmare; it will most certainly damage the surrounding environment, sometimes beyond repair. This was the case of the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oi...


Avoiding pitfalls with floating roof seals

With numerous seal options available and limited guidance from existing standards, selecting and configuring the right floating roof seal can be a difficult task. It is one that, when done incorrectly, can lead to problems ranging from regulatory compliance issues to premature maintenance outa...


Dulux improves storage inventory management

Dulux (Pty) in South Africa is a wholly owned subsidiary of AECI, one of the leading industrial paint and coating groups in southern Africa. As part of a strategy to improve plant efficiency, the company decided to engage the services of automation solutions provider Omniflex, which has offices i...


Down but not out

As assets approach the end of their lifecycle, critical decisions must be made on their decommissioning and reuse. The primary challenge is finding an appropriate balance between engineering feasibility, environmental protection, public health, worker safety, risk and budget. It is importan...


The not so sweet smell of success

Analysis of any particular medium is designed as a method of control. Whether it is the regulation of pharmaceutical products, foodstuffs or any type of fuel, the test scope will be specifically tailored to determine the essential requirements of the individual product. In the majority of c...


Removing the risk of uncertainty

Newly developed technology for tank gauging can help bulk liquid storage terminals handle the ever-increasing demands on efficiency, safety and accuracy. An open system architecture makes it easy to install the devices needed today and add or replace units in the future. This flexibility pr...


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With the growing popularity of ground improvement (GI), tank designers no longer need to let the ground conditions dictate the capacity of the tank. GI methods do just what their name implies; improve poor ground conditions in many ways using in situ construction methods that reinforce, change...


Making life easier

Many terminals built decades ago no longer fulfil the flexibility needs of today’s operations in terms of product handling, speed of operations and modern technology. In most cases the only option for a re-design is a complete re-build. This is not only costly, it would also require custo...


TEEX announces revision to fire fighting training

One of the worst case scenarios emergency responders face each year is incidents involving fires at flammable liquid storage facilities. According to the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA), there are 16.8 million barrels of product refined in the US each day from 149 operab...


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Following two decades of civil war, Liberia has slowly been rebuilding its economy. As an example of this, state-owned Liberia Petroleum Refining Company’s (LPRC) fuel storage terminal near the country’s capital at Monrovia is being updated. The facility had fallen significantly behi...


Sometimes simple really is better

A lightning strike consists of two components: a short duration, high-energy spike, followed by a longer duration, lower energy tail. While the high-energy spike is truly impressive, it is the lower energy, long duration component that is actually responsible for ignitions in tanks. The roo...


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Storage tank corrosion inspection is an essential part of asset management, being used not only to certify safe operation, but also to predict expected lifetime, devise a repair strategy and assess the impact of different contents stored. In specifying the inspection to be performed, and in...


Upgrading to face a diverse future

For the past year the Martigues-based oil ports of Lavera and Fos, which are a short drive away from Marseille in the south of France, have been operated by newly formed company Fluxel. Born out of the French Harbour Reforms implemented in 2008, Fluxel has hosted more than 3,200 vessels and...


Small is beautiful

Robert Bryce, a US energy expert and journalist, opened the ILTA in Houston by giving an overview of the energy sector over the last decade. He spoke about what he sees as the fundamental flaw in US energy policy, especially when it comes to public opinion on green energy. Green energy, ...