Volume: 5
Issue: 5

Published:
November 03, 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


Singapore: still the Houston of the East?

The first phase of European trader Trafigura’s 400,000m3 Tanjung Langsat oil storage terminal in Johor has just been completed, global oil trader Vitol is planning its own terminal at Tanjung Bin and Vopak is conducting a feasibility study to develop a storage facility in Pengerang. These are ju...


Jurong Island doubles storage land

Singapore’s oil and petrochemical hub Jurong Island has finished, doubling the land available for storage. Work was completed on 25 September lifting the availability of land space to 3,000 hectares. Rapid industrialisation in the 1980s led to a scarcity of land on Singapore. Consequently, autho...


Malaysia makes its move

Singapore offers the largest petroleum and petrochemicals storage capacity in southeast Asia. However, with only limited land available for storage terminal construction and other port development in Singapore, neighbouring Johor state in the southern Peninsular Malaysia is looking to attract invest...


Market consolidation a must for Japan

Nippon Vopak was established in 1966 as the first third party tank terminal in Japan and now has five terminals in four major industrial areas: Kawasaki and Yokohama in Keihin, Nagoya in Chukyo, Kobe in Hanshin and Moji in Kyushu – giving the company a total storage capacity of 220,500m3. And al...


Testing best practices

After major incidents such as Buncefield or Texas City recommendations and guidance soon turn into international best practices. It could be argued that some of these are an over-reaction to an incident that few could have predicted. However, with the large number of bulk storage tanks worldwide, ...


Tank terminal update - Asia

Home to the world’s two fastest growing economies, Asia’s energy demand is second to none. China’s 1.3 billion people, exceeding India’s population by 200 million, undoubtedly have a massive effect on oil and petrochemical consumption and the growing need for up to date storage hubs. World...


Analysing the coatings sector

Coatings are widely used in the storage industry for applications including providing internal corrosion protection for tanks, seawater protection for jetties and temperature resistance for pipelines. In 2008, protective coating revenues and volumes for the oil and gas market totalled €214.9 mil...


Risk reduction for lightning-induced tank fires

The image of a large storage tank filled with flammable liquid, fully engulfed in flames caused by a lightning strike or electrostatic discharge, is a spectacular yet frightening sight. This is particularly true for tank farm owners and the surrounding residents, yet the danger of these fires and ...


Re-using storage tanks

It is now widely accepted that lifting a tank is better than dismantling it and starting again. Building a new tank can be very expensive and in most cases resource management consent must be obtained from local councils, all of which can be time consuming, adding further to the cost. In some case...


Tank relocating: a valuable option

Terminals and refi neries tend to prefer off-site construction of new tanks for safety reasons, so these new tanks must then be moved to the facility. Although they are large in terms of volume they are also fairly fl exible, which actually makes them easier to move than many large objects. The el...


Staying in shape

Tanks cannot be moved perpendicularly with air bags as they have no lateral stability. Instead the tank must be pivoted or rocked over a hard pivot point so as to try to anchor the tank from moving. However this can cause shell distortion as the tank pivots on the hard point. Shell stress can caus...


Why calibrate a storage tank

Large storage tanks are not perfect cylinders. There are many variables that change the shape during construction and as the tank ages. For example heat input during welding can create distortions at the weld seams and tank settlement can cause various changes to the shape of the bottom shell and ...


A flare for problem solving

Large oil tanks are periodically checked from the inside to ensure continuous safety and closeness. Conventional cleaning during this process is neither feasible nor allowed due to emission regulations. Therefore the institute of process engineering and environmental protection in Leoben (Austria)...


Real world wireless

Using wireless technology has allowed Technochem Environmental Complex (TEC) in Singapore to automate its inventory management by delivery continuous level measurements from 14 storage and process tanks. TEC provides treatment, incineration and distillation services for chemical wastes generated b...