Volume: 14
Issue: 3

Published:
May 21, 2018

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


A midstream first for Oman

As consumption of oil products continues to grow in Oman, modern and efficient pipeline & terminal infrastructure was needed, prompting the creation of the Muscat Suhar Product Pipeline & Al Jifnain terminal network Orpic & CLH’s joint venture two-way multi-product Muscat Suhar Product Pipeline...


Redrawing the global oil & gas picture

The US oil and gas landscape has undergone a significant transformation over the last ten years, with US refiners processing more crude oil than at any point in their history. Brian L. Milne reports In less than ten years, the enormous growth in US oil and gas production, and promise of ongoing e...


Regulatory update for US tank terminal operators

Jane Besch, of Geosyntec Consultants, provides an overview of the latest regulatory updates that affect tank terminal owners in the US WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES DEFINITION DELAYED AND WILL BE RECONSIDERED The final rule, regarding the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS), was publ...


A new leading European port

The merger of Zeeland Seaports and Ghent Port has created a new leading European port, which has ambitions to attract significant investment to fill almost 1,000 hectares of available land A new leading port has emerged in Northern Europe, with strong ambitions to substantially expand into the mi...


Adaptable logistics for a changing market

With demand for more flexible door-to-door logistics solutions growing in the rapidly growing petrochemical sector in the GCC region, Arabian Chemical Terminals (ACT) & Suttons Arabia are embarking on a value-added logistics park (VALP). The recent Royal Commission allocation of a 200,000 square me...


Boom time for storage in America

As US oil production increases the need for midstream infrastructure, storage operators are maximising opportunities to capitalise on these favourable market dynamics, especially as Mexico’s liberalised energy market creates more attractive opportunities. Paul Wiseman reports For the oil and ga...


Surviving hurricane season: preparation is key

Buckeye Partners’ extensive pipeline, petroleum storage terminals and refinery network, coupled with its centuries of experience means it has to satisfy high expectations from its customers. Therefore, preparing for natural disasters is an important part of delivering on CEO Clark Smith’s opera...


Storm preparation: flood risk and buoyancy hazards

In a two-part article series, Philip Myers and Andy Wong, PEMY Consulting, examine how tank owners & operators can prepare their facilities to minimise the effects of hurricane season In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey made its mark as the costliest hurricane in human history, inflicting almost $20...


Advanced tank inspection with next generation MEC technology

The aim of storage tank inspections is to establish the integrity and fitness for service of the assets by reliably identifying corrosion, leakages and areas to be repaired. These inspections ensure that the tanks fulfil the requirements of the EEMUA 159/ API 653 standards as well as to potentially...


Promoting a process safety mindset

A different mindset & leadership approach is needed to ensure process safety principles are not only followed but embraced by the entire company in its daily work processes. Jasmin McDermott reports The focus on process safety in industrial facilities has increased out of all recognition in recen...


The anatomy of a reliable automated valve for tank storage

In today’s tank storage industry, operators are required to be more safety minded than ever. While there are many layers of safety in tank storage applications, valves and their related components play an integral part in tank storage protection, often serving as the last line of defense from cata...


Tank fire protection: less is more

An innovative foam technology by Swiss Fire Protection R&D can extinguish any combustible-liquid fire in a matter of minutes – regardless of the size of the tank When it comes to defending property and lives against the perils of fire raging through combustible-liquid storage facilities, resear...


Sliding vane pumps: a go-to technology for storage terminals

Standard-setting operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness combined with versatile liquid-handling capabilities make sliding vane pumps a go-to technology in storage terminals Whether the commodities dealt with are refined fuels (petrol, diesel, jet fuel, fuel oil, LPG,), chemical-based (sol...


Marine access systems: finding a safe solution

The variable and constantly moving gap between a marine vessel and the jetty or dock is an interesting problem. Normally, the ship is at port to load or unload cargo, passengers or liquids. It is therefore reasonable to assume that the height of the deck above water or jetty is a variable because o...


Environmental liabilities: how to achieve contractual certainty

Everything is fine until it isn’t. In the normal course of international business, tank operator’s (owners) accept, transfer, hold and/or blend hazardous goods such as petroleum-based products for customers as they progress through global supply chains. Owners execute agreements with customers ...


Faster fire detection means the difference between suppression and disaster

Most codes and regulations require fire detection at the floating roof seal, where the risk of fire is greatest. While linear heat cables are a traditional detection choice, there is now an alternative technology that offers greater detection speed plus easier installation and less maintenance for Z...


Storage operator challenges & industry 4.0

As experienced engineers look to retire from the industry within the next ten years, the need to preserve historic knowledge has never been greater. However, digitalisation could provide a solution to retaining this valuable knowledge Terminal operators are challenged to be more and more flexible...


A considered approach to loading arm applications

Three key variables should be considered before a loading arm system is designed or built into a tank terminal facility They say that no two snowflakes are alike. That same thing can be said for terminal loading and unloading applications and systems. Sure, all terminals serve the same basic fun...


All under the same roof

Earlier in 2018, EPCM company Diorca completed a landmark project by hoisting the largest geodesic dome on a tank in the western hemisphere. The Curaҫao-headquartered company hoisted the 96-mts dome onto a tank at Refineria ISLA – Curacao’s Bullenbaai Terminal in the Dutch Caribbean it had be...


All-in-one platform to digitse asset information

A new single-source platform, drawing together fragmented data streams, visualises information across an entire storage terminal to provide crucial insights on asset management. With increasing demand for safer and more flexible capacity, the effective operation of a storage terminal requires a new...


Game changing robotics in tank storage

It’s happening at rapid pace – industries are changing. New technology is helping companies increase their bottom line, reduce their risk exposure and keep a more watchful eye over their assets. One of the primary drivers of these aforementioned changes is robotics. New robotics technologies pr...


HSEQ success comes from within

In a new column, Arend van Campen, manager at Tank Terminal Training, examines the current focus on HSEQ and compliance and argues that organisations need the right intentions to ensure success in this field When I started my career in the storage and tanker transport world 40 years ago, I worked...


Pumps for asphalt in tank terminals

One of the more used and traded commodities in the world is asphalt and its related varieties. Going all the way back in time to the tar pits used by the Athabasca Indians in Canada to seal their canoes, asphalt has wide use in infrastructure and industrial applications. Typical examples are with p...