The UK Tank Storage Association (TSA) has published its 2021 Annual Review of the UK’s bulk liquid storage sector.
The review includes key data and information on terminals, process safety, and occupational health and safety. It also considers the industry’s contribution to the UK economy and how to inspire the next generation. President Adrian Jackson, chief executive of the Oil and Pipelines Agency, notes in his introduction that the past year has been particularly challenging for the industry making the TSA’s role in delivering its core services, novel initiatives and up-to-date information, data and intelligence all the more important. The focus now needs to be on meeting the new demands brought by the UK’s decarbonisation targets and the path to net zero.
‘I am pleased to launch the sixth edition of TSA’s Annual Review. The review continues to provide a comprehensive and timely insight into the bulk liquid storage sector in the UK. In addition to valuable industry data and information, this year’s report shines a light on the sector’s commitment to attract, develop and retain the next generation of talent. As we look ahead, it is clear to us that investing in the next generation today will ensure our sector continues to go from strength to strength,’ says TSA executive director Peter Davidson.
The UK’s bulk liquid storage sector supports 4,000 direct jobs, and TSA members are committed to attracting new talent. As technology, processes and systems rapidly evolve, along with the changes coming as a result of decarbonisation, ever more new and different careers and roles are opening up in the sector. The TSA has launched a careers drive to increase awareness of the sector, including publishing two new careers guides.
CONTRIBUTION TO THE UK ECONOMY
TSA members operate 302 terminals in UK and Republic of Ireland, with a total of 10,847,720 m3 of storage. The UK government classes 22 of these terminals as critical national infrastructure. In 2020, the bulk liquid storage sector contributed £4.3 billion (€5 billion) to the UK economy. There is £674 million of planned investment in the sector in the next five years.
The vast majority of the storage capacity (9.84 million m3) is used for oils and fuels, and 59 of the terminals are COMAH upper tier sites. More than 1.4 million movements of material in and out of terminals took place in 2020, with almost 98% of these by road. However, in terms of volume, much more product was moved by ship.
All TSA members are fully committed to the Process Safety Leadership Group Principles of Process Safety established following the Buncefield explosion and fires in 2005, and in 2020 reconfirmed their commitment by signing a commitment to good major hazard leadership. The TSA shares and discusses process safety data with its members quarterly, and uses the API RP 754 standard for its process safety performance indicators. There was only one Tier 1 safety event in 2020, and just two Tier 2 safety events, a level which has remained the same for the past few years. Tier 3 leading indicators also remain low.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY
Lost time injuries (LTIs) have fallen compared to 2019, with the largest number due to slips, trips and falls. The workplace injury rate for the bulk liquid storage sector continues to be one of the lowest in all of UK industry.