Volume: 7
Issue: 3

Published:
May 17, 2011

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


Pumping under pressure

the Port of Gothenburg is home to the only project of its kind. At the end of the 1970s, the Swedish government had four huge rock caverns built for crude oil storage in Syrhala. With a storage capacity of 800,000m3 of crude oil each, they were used for contingency stockpiling of the national oil ...


e Safety is not a competition

Many would question whether a company like Shell benefits from being better at safety than the competition. But when an incident occurs in the industry it affects the whole sector. The tragic BP incident (resulting in a drilling moratorium for all) is a case in point. Safety first as a principle i...


No slowing seen in storage growth

Contact any of the big names in the midstream sector of the US and one story soon emerges: expansion. Be it organic or through acquisition, the big midstream operators are investing heavily in new infrastructure to capitalise on a market that requires increased volumes of storage and pipeline capaci...


A unique business model

Blackwater Midstream is one terminal operator that knows a good thing when it sees it. ‘We’re in an industry where demand for storage outstrips supply, allowing for very stable cash flows,’ says Michael Suder, the company’s CEO. ‘We’ve seen demand for storage surge in the last 10 years...


EU ban requires immediate action

on 27 June 2011, EU legislation comes into force, banning firefighting foam concentrates containing Perfluorooctane Sulfonates (PFOS). The widespread use of PFOS-based compounds as a firefighting solution over the last 40 years has resulted in an estimated 30 million litres of foam containing PFOS...


Cause and effect

Lightning may be the most common source of tank fires, and is more likely to cause a fire in external floating roof (EFR) tanks than internal floating roof (IFR) tanks. Fires caused by lightning in EFRs typically occur due to arcing between the floating roof and shell structure, particularly in th...


Is sustainable storage possible

liquid bulk terminals are large consumers of natural resources. For their main activities of transhipment and storage they demand energy for heating and pumping of the cargo. One of the major crude oil and oil products terminals in the Antwerp-Rotterdam- Amsterdam (ARA) region conducted a study to...


The petrochemical protection pyramid

oil and gas facilities are hazardous environments. From security gates with highly sensitive control circuitry to the motion sensors in video monitors, the circuit boards in fire protection systems, the computers in control rooms, to the spark gaps on storage roof tanks, every inch of the facility...


Aluminium domes under scrutiny

the technical evolution of aboveground storage for liquid hydrocarbons has led to some different concepts for cutting tank emissions: - external floating roof tanks (EFRT) - floating roof tanks covered by an aluminium dome (CFRT) - fixed roof tanks with an internal floating roof (IFRT) - fixed roo...


Decision time

Floating roofs have been in existence for over half a century, providing operators and regulatory bodies a reliable, time proven safety and emission control system. The design generally varies with the material used for construction. External floating roofs which are exposed to the elements use ca...


Successful roll-out for Total

its structures which have evolved organically are usually extremely heterogeneous – and therefore a nightmare when it comes to reporting and central process control. Instead of spending a long time struggling with legacy systems, the French petroleum group Total went on the offensive with this p...


Taking matters into your own hands

Using risk consultants or modelling solutions is one way of determining the impact of an emergency and working out the best response plan – but it is expensive. A new technology called iResponse allows terminal operators to do their own modelling and analysis themselves. The user is able to load...


Pumping heavy duty fuel oil

Heavy duty fuel oil presents many problems when it comes to transfer pumping. It is viscous and often contains foreign matter that can influence and damage the internals of the pump. Were centrifugal pumps to be used for bulk transfer duties, the process would require substantially higher costs, a...


Maintaining an edge

Without question, liquid storage terminals play an integral role in the ongoing success and relevance of a wide array of industries around the world. These facilities serve as a vital hub in the storage and dispersal of numerous types of liquids, including vegetable oils and fats, oleochemicals, p...


Crude pumping with only one seal

Petrochemical companies continuously increase their output of feedstock and finished products all over the globe to satisfy the vast growing demand for fuel, bitumen and other petrochemical products. The growth of production requires higher storage capabilities including large and reliable positiv...


Lucky number seven

oil price volatility, refinery closures and the industry’s reputation were just some of the topics covered during day one of StocExpo this year. Oil prices have changed dramatically over the past few months due to unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, from Libya to Bahrain. Not only this, ...