Volume: 6
Issue: 5

Published:
November 05, 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


All about Asia

This issue focuses on Asia to coincide with November’s Tank Storage Asia expo & conference in Kuala Lumpur and even we were surprised by the level of activity in the region. There are over 60 projects listed in the terminal construction/expansion list, and there’s certainly no sign of this gro...


M&A activity climbs to unprecedented levels

Through August 2010 15 transactions have been executed in the US alone, with approximately $5.4 billion (€3.9 billion) of total transaction value changing hands1, often from captive owners to independent operators. This comes on the heels of another 10 transactions having been completed in the i...


Timing is everythin

Alaska International started building a bulk liquid storage terminal in 2007 at a critical time for the economic climate. Nevertheless, by choosing a strategic location, the company pushed forward and is preparing to launch the terminal. The facility is located in the Hamatiyah Free Zone in Sharja...


China in focus

China is expanding its petrochemicals and refining industries as part of the government’s long term economic development programme aimed at creating employment and improving living standards. Plans call for a series of new ethylene cracker projects, refineries and petrochemical complexes to be c...


Wireless technology makes everything better

For US-based Tesoro’s Salt Lake City refining facility good plant efficiency comes down to three things: convenience, simplicity and responsiveness. The key reason that Tesoro values wireless technology is simplicity and cost-savings. ‘The bottom line is that wireless technology cuts costs,’ s...


Revving up Indian infrastructure

India’s GDP is estimated to grow at a rate of 8.75% during 2010-2011. High economic growth will make it necessary to import enhanced volumes of crude oil – and this will require a growth in infrastructure. There are 13 major ports in India. Crude oil and finished petroleum products are the lar...


Wireless in practice

Terminals can use industrial wireless systems to optimise productivity and reliability, improve safety and security and ensure regulatory compliance such as compliance to safety standards. Increasingly, the adoption of industrial wireless technologies is changing the economics of operational investm...


Decisions made easy

Running a terminal can be a hard job. A management team typically has to deal with many questions: ‘Why are we having an increasing number of demurrage claims? We have designed all berths to have an average occupancy of 65%, have not we? Are there not enough loading pumps? The number of small sh...


Cold cutting in action

After carrying out statutory inspections at the end of last year Shell UK was informed it needed to replace steel floor plates in three floating roof tanks of 95,000m3 capacity (76m diameter by 22m high). The general scope of work was to remove and renew the tank floor plates, repair or replace th...


Safety first,returns later

Operators and contractors in the aboveground storage tank industry are continually improving the overall safety culture. The ever-increasing safety requirements can at times add operational and financial challenges for tank owners. But certain technologies that have been implemented to improve saf...


Aluminium dome fire safety

Over the past few decades aluminium dome roofs have developed into one of most common roof structures for new or converted storage tanks. A very low rate of incidents has been recorded for these tanks, compared to steel fixed roof tanks or open top external floating roof tanks. But certain design as...


How to safely dismantle a tank

An ageing tank needs to be inspected to ensure its structural integrity and longevity. Repairs are often necessary, but sometimes the tank needs to be replaced. For one particular tank farm in the UK, a tank needed to be dismantled and removed, without disrupting the day-today activities of the fa...


No longer optional

Due to increasing market, competitive, regulatory and social pressures, terminal automation is more important today than ever before. Nevertheless, many smaller petroleum product terminals continue to operate with a relatively low level of automation and many larger terminals operate with outdated...


Ensuring safety during construction

In the past tanks were constructed using a stage by stage method of erecting tank plates from the bottom to the top. This method is fairly risky, however, as after every shell course the working height increases. It was also difficult to position each plate, even in very low winds. Tank lift jacks...