Volume: 3
Issue: 2

Published:
June 01, 2007

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


STOCEXPO REVIEW: Reviewing the latest StocExpo Europe event in Antwerp 20-22 March.

With a slightly southward change of location and an upward change of size, March saw StocExpo 2007 go to the charming Belgian city of Antwerp for three packed days. Home to Europe’s largest chemical cluster, Antwerp was a superb choice for the third StocExpo Europe. The event saw an exceptionally ...


RENZY HITS STORAGE CONSTRUCTION IN US

While corrosion, emissions, leaks and spills continue to be major challenges in the bulk liquid storage industry in the US, 2007 is still turning into a big year for consolidation and expansion. Possibly bolstered by uncertainty in the oil sector – as storage is central to reducing price volatilit...


HOUSTON PREPARES FOR ILTA

The 27th International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) Operating Conference and Trade Show will take place in Houston, Texas from 11-13th June 2007. Over 220 companies exhibit at the show each year, providing the terminal industry with information about the latest technologies around, while th...


GROWING WITH THE TIMES

The 27th International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) Operating Conference and Trade Show will take place in Houston, Texas from 11-13th June 2007. Over 220 companies exhibit at the show each year, providing the terminal industry with information about the latest technologies around, while the ...


PREVENTION IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN A CURE

In an industry as potentially dangerous as fuel storage, health and safety needs to be more than just a message on the noticeboard. Earlier this year, international oil giant BP was castigated by US safety investigators over its Texas City plant explosion, which killed 15 workers in 2005. According ...


LASTFIRE UPDATE

Approximately 12 years ago, recognising the need to have validated data on the risks associated with fires in large, open top floating roof storage tanks, 16 oil companies joined together to form a project group to thoroughly investigate the issue. The project was known as Lastfire - Large Atmosph...


SHUNTS CAN TRIGGER FIRES

Companies from BP and Shell to ExxonMobil and ConocoPhilips are adopting a new grounding technology known as Retractable Grounding Assembly. Floating Roof Tank (FRT) shunts are far from the safe conductors of stray electrical energy they are intended to be and can, in fact, trigger tank fires. Rec...


VALVE ACTUATORS - VITAL ELEMENTS FOR FIREPROOFING AND OVERALL PLANT SAFETY

In any oil and gas installation the requirement for safety is paramount and recent accidents at refinery and tank farm sites offer vivid illustrations of the catastrophic consequences of such events. Valve actuators have an important impact on safety as vital components for the movement and isolatio...


RECENT ADVANCES IN AUTOMATED OVERFILL PROTECTION AND INVENTORY MONITORING

The entire industrialised world is undergoing a profound technology revolution which is dramatically benefiting the tank storage industry. Never before have the demands for improved safety, environmental protection, and enhanced supply chain management been greater. It is indeed fortunate that re...


UNDERGROUND STORAGE - THE UNDERSTUDY

Industrial plants do not generally win awards for aesthetics, and tank terminals are no exception. It is hard to see a future where refineries are hidden underground, but at the same time, the use of rock and salt caverns to store various types of fuels is well known. Use of the underground per s...


MIXING IT UP

In many areas of fuel processing, blending and mixing are two of the most significant, yet basic operations. For the simplest fuel blending, two or more components are combined and diffused by means of flow movements. This results in a uniform compound, the elements of which are in the smallest p...


TANK CLEANING IS A DIRTY BUSINESS

It might take a year, maybe three or even five years, but at some stage in their operating life storage tanks will need to be cleaned. Vertical storage tanks, particularly those holding crude oil, heavy fuel oil, slops oil or catalytic cracker residue, will accumulate a collection of stones, gr...


LEAK DETECTION AND PREVENTION

There are many methods used to detect leaks on tanks or pipes but only some are able to prevent environmental contamination. The best way to prevent and detect leaks is by using double walled tanks and pipes, and constantly monitoring the integrity of the interstitial space. In 1956 German law ...