Volume: 5
Issue: 2

Published:
March 12, 2009

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


No downturn for downstream

The price of a barrel of oil might have plunged from the giddy heights of around $140 (€110) since August 2008, but the mechanics of global fuel supply and the associated logistics mean barrels of oil, or tonnes of petrol, kerosene or ethanol, still need to be stored somewhere. Storage operator...


Biggest are not always best

Natie Terminals (NNT) may not be the biggest terminal, with 190 tanks and 235,000m3 of storage, but it tries to be the most flexible. NNT is a unique combination of two terminals that provide storage and related activities for a very broad variety of products i.e. chemicals, vegetable oils and fat...


Surviving the storm

Early 20th century hurricanes were named by an Australian forecaster who called the storms after politicians he disliked. Hurricane titles, like some politicians, are recycled after six years, but the names of the deadliest or costliest storms are never reused. So, while there will never be ...


Emergency response planning

It is often the same deficiencies that lead to poor responses and in some cases, escalation of an incident through inappropriate tactics. Lessons are not always learned. The lack of preplanning and insufficient knowledge of responders in tank construction and response strategies have been highligh...


Retrofitting bund liners

Long-term barrier peformance is not merely optional for owners, engineers and managers of the tank farms within petrochemical containment installations. The stakes are high not only for the environment and its inhabitants, but also for the site owners if they are found not to meet environmental...


Mandate drives increased biofuels blending at terminals

The economic recession that has now engulfed the world has had a dramatic impact on fuel demand, with the US government to international organisations such as the IEA based in Paris and OPEC all reporting an erosion in global oil consumption for 2009. If those projections bear out, it would mark ...


From manual inspection to magnetic encoding

Imagine it is 1940. A tank farm operator has just received a call from his boss saying a large amount of product is coming his way. The boss needs to know, as soon as possible, how much product the terminal can receive and store. The operator has four gaugers working for him, whose only job fun...


Safety more precious than time

Safety is a combination between plant and process design, training, and experience. Nevertheless, accidents do happen. Something might break or a momentary lack of concentration on the part of an operator may result in their own or another person’s injury. Under the Personal Protective Equ...


Shell-BP oil terminal wastewater clean-up

Typically, contaminated water stored in tanks unnecessarily use up portions of a terminal’s valuable space. This type of storage is unavoidable when an upset occurs at a facility. In a recent problem involving Shell and BP’s South African oil refinery (SAPREF), a unique solution was put to the...


Turnkey fluid handling solutions

A tank truck filling station recently engineered and installed for a large European Chemical Corporation is a prime example of customeroriented turnkey solutions. It gives optimum consideration to the product transferred and at the same time fulfills the company’s high safety demands. Annually ...