Volume: 6
Issue: 4

Published:
September 08, 2010

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


Venturing into automated tank cleaning

In early 2010, a big Gulf Coast Refiner (GCR) needed three crude oil storage tanks cleaned, of which two were neighbouring tanks. The GCR was searching for a safer, more predictable and faster way of cleaning oil storage tanks, compared to the conventional tank cleaning methods. Making the move fr...


Long may it continue

Terminal construction and expansions have occurred over the past few years in major oil trading locations such as Cushing, Rotterdam, Fujairah and Singapore, supporting trader activities. And on top of that tank leasing rates have been rising. What else could a terminal operator ask for? Perhaps a...


All change for IMTT

Terminal operator IMTT’s facility in Quebec City is surrounded by change. The commodity markets are declining, the Canadian dollar is rising and in June Shell confi rmed its decision to close its 130,000 barrel-a-day Montreal East refi nery and convert it into a fuel terminal. All this has a dra...


Flame detection now more effective than ever

A fire at a storage terminal can have disastrous effects. A blaze at the end of July at a petrochemical factory at Iran’s largest oil terminal – killing four – is just the latest in a long line of incidents plaguing the terminal sector. Even when by some miracle lives are not lost, like at B...


BUNCEFIELD - its impact on safety measures

Prior to Buncefield in 2005, an unconfined vapour cloud explosion from a large fuel storage tank was not considered a credible major hazard. Because of this the UK Health and Safety executive (HSE) set the consultation distance for the Buncefield site at 185 metres – the distance based on therma...


What lies within?

earthen tanks for product warehousing, to larger and more elaborate vessels that take many shapes, sizes, and mechanisms aimed at parking, churning, insulating, and moving their precious cargo. Beginning as a simple matter of containing product awaiting further treatment processes within the facil...


Tank site remediation

Terminal owner Petroterminal de Panamá, S.A., planned to construct two largediameter internal floating roof (IFR) above ground storage tanks (AST) on shallow ringwall foundations at their Atlantic Terminal in Chiriquí Grande, Republic of Panama. Prior to construction a thorough geotechnical inve...


Supporting tanks with controlled modulus columns

When any tank is built and put into service some amount of settlement occurs. The settlement is only problematic when it exceeds the tolerance for the tank or for the lines connected to the tank. The amount that a tank will settle is dependent on the tank loading properties (e.g., the diameter and t...


EPA delays SPCC compliance deadline

timeconsuming and frustrating experience to evaluate regulatory changes, especially with respect to how they may affect operations. The January 2010 revisions to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) rule (40CFR112) are no exception since they are a complex compilation of several ...


Leak detection in confined spaces

Coastal Oil Company has been part of the Northern California business scene since 1935 when the company was founded to blend and sell lube oil. Situated at the south end of the San Francisco Bay, the company has grown to become one of the largest distributors of petrol, diesel fuel, and lubricants...


Playing it safe

Loading terminals are busy places with trucks coming in to fill up and be on their way as quickly as possible, driving many thousands of miles per year in all weathers to deliver fuel to customers. Terminal operators have a duty of care to ensure their equipment is functional and safe. The tank tr...