Volume: 7
Issue: 4

Published:
September 02, 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


Why taking an active role in safety is good for business

Few would disagree that the primary objectiveof any business is to make a profit – preferably a substantial one. In fact, unless a company has been unfortunate enough to suffer the effects of a major accident, it is fairly safe to assume that the main focus in board meetings remains firmly o...


The Bribery Act: how does it affect you?

The Bribery Act 2010 creates two general offences of bribing another person and being bribed, and a discrete offence of bribery of a foreign public official. In addition, section 7 of the Act introduces for the first time an offence whereby a ‘relevant commercial organisation’ (i.e. one inco...


As one door closes, another opens

Oil sands growth and new production from existing conventional oil reserves will drive Canadian crude oil production to about 4.7 million barrels per day (bpd) by 2025 from the current 2.9 million bpd, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. ‘Expanding access to existing m...


Size matters

Over the last 50 years, there were 23 boilovers worldwide, causing 198 fatalities. 547 people were injured, 101,709,956 oil barrels got burnt, 56 tanks were destroyed, 220 houses and buildings were destroyed and eight industrial plants were badly damaged. To prevent these possible accidents...


Flame detection

What is a flame? Remarkably, a not so commonly asked question when ooking for a fire. The fundamental interpretation of a flame is that the carbon particles, most frequently referred to as soot, when heated by the exothermic energy created during oxidation of the fuel; incandesce or in simp...


Bulk liquid storage in Turkey

Strong economic growth and Turkey’s development as a major energy transit corridor linking oil and gas resources in the Caucuses and central Asia to the European and global markets is driving a new tank storage expansion phase. Although most third party terminals are Turkish-owned at pres...


Replacing the burnt-out boiler

Located in Antwerp, Total Petrochemicals operates a high density polyethylene production plant with an overall capacity of 510,000 tonnes per year, and is capable of producing a large number of polyethylene grades using a variety of systems and producing bimodal resins. This plant receives the...


Opening up new options

Tank foundations pose a unique challenge to designers. Tanks are typically built close to ports or rivers making product delivery to the site easier. These water sites are often composed of old dredge spoil material which can be highly compressible, producing differential settlements when load...


Countermeasures for clean water

One gallon of oil or petrol can contaminate up to 1 million gallons of water, so even small accidents and spills can have terrible affects on wildlife and drinking supplies. That is why the American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been putting in place stricter regulations for spi...


Quick and efficient

3D scanning technologies have the capability to capture a vast array of 3D positions (X,Y,Z coordinates or points) that provide factual information of assets. For large-scale storage tanks and barges, 3D laser scanners capture accurate position information that can be used to identify true sha...


Assessing environmental liabilities

What does environmental due diligence include? That depends on the nature of the acquisition. In the US, the standards for conducting environmental due diligence are set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency in Title 40 CFR Part 312: Innocent Landowners, Standard for Conducting All Appr...


New fuels, new coatings

At first glance, tank coatings are just glorified paint, but the more one looks into the options the more complicated the subject becomes. Starting with the inside surfaces of the tank, the most obvious requirement of a coating is that it prevents, or at least delays, corrosion of the steel. A...