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Volume 14, Issue 3
Published: May 21, 2018
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 $200 billion in damages along the US Gulf Coast.
It resulted in the total or partial closure of 18 refineries – about 15-20% of the US’ refining capacity – and more than 1 million gallons of product was spilled into local waterways and the Atlantic Ocean. Harvey exhibited truly terrifying strength. The hurricane propelled the air with peak sustained gusts of 130 mph (215 kph) and rained down 27 trillion gallons of water over its lifespan – that’s equal to 24 cubic miles, or 102 cubic kilometers. 27 trillion gallons is three times the volume of Lake Mead, the US’ largest water reservoir, or about 70 days drainage of the Mississippi river into the Atlantic.
With the anniversary of the storm coming in a few months, it is time for tank facility owners and operators in storm-prone areas to prepare or revamp their contingency plans for the next tropical storm. Failing to plan is planning to fail, and the appropriate plan can greatly mitigate the risk of damages and hazards from the next tropical storm.

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Storage for Mexico's new energy era
Avant Energy is capitalising on Mexico’s liberalised energy markets with a network of storage terminals to satisfy the country’s growing demand for refined petroleum products Historical energy reforms allowing private sector investment into Mexico’s ailing oil market in 2013 has opened the country up to a wave of investment to strengthen and secure its oil supply chain...
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Venezuela's oil sector in tailspin
The country’s oil sector faces an unprecedented crisis as declining output, economic crisis and political strife take their toll, Nnamdi Anyadike examines what the future may hold for oil production in Venezuela Venezuela’s economy seems set to continue along its downward trajectory, amid what has now become an almost unprecedented crisis for the country’s oil sector...
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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 represents a milestone for Oman’s flourishing oil product industry...
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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...
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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 RECONSIDEREDThe final rule, regarding the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS), was published in the Federal Registeron February 6, 2018...
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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 midstream sector as it attracts investors to the region...
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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)...
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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...
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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...
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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 $200 billion in damages along the US Gulf Coast...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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, researchers at Swiss Fire Protection Research & Development (SFPRD) have reached an unusual conclusion: Less is more...
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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(solvents, acids, pesticides), or food-based, at some point they will all spend some time at, or simply pass through, a liquid-storage terminal...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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All under the same roof
Earlier in 2018, EPCM company Diorca completed a landmark project by hoisting the largest geodesic dome ona tank in the western hemisphere...
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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...
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Game changing robotics in tank storage
It’s happening at rapid pace – industries are changing...
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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 on a tanker barge in the Netherlands and sailed the Rhine all the way to Basel, Switzerland...
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Pumps for asphalt in tank terminals
One of the more used and traded commodities in the world is asphalt and its related varieties...
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