In 2017, the IPTF storage terminal in Fujairah, UAE was nominated by the Global Ports Forum as the ‘safe and secure port/terminal of the year’. Read more about how they achieved this nomination…
Fujairah is strategically located on the Gulf of Oman close to the mouth of the Persian Gulf – a sea route which experiences around 40% of the world’s traded oil. Along with local strategic partners, IL&FS have developed a state-of-the-art independent storage terminal for oil products, the IPTF storage terminal.
IL&FS is a non-banking financial institute that funds infrastructure projects, with the IPTF storage facility being one of its main ventures in the terminal market. It operates the facility to the highest standards, with safety being a non-negotiable core value of the group. In an environment where temperatures reach 45°C to 50°C in the summer, the company understands that when employees feel safe walking about the site, they will give their best. A safe and
secure environment is therefore of the utmost importance.
The terminal was opened in 2014. With 14 above-ground product tanks giving a combined capacity of more than 330,000 m3, it is equipped to handle various grades of refined petroleum products, i.e. both black and white oils. Being the newest and youngest tank farm operator, IPTF imposed stringent operational safety standards right from the start. This was to avoid any overfill accidents, which over the years have plagued the industry in general, resulting in loss of life, loss of image and billions of dollars of damage.
Although point level switches were deployed from the beginning, they were subject to regular manual proof tests as required by API 2350.
These involved personnel climbing the tanks, removing the transmitter and simulating an alarm by dipping the sensor into a bucket of comparable medium, then reinstalling the sensor. This took on average four hours per test and tank, during which time the tank was out of operation.