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Volume 16, Issue 1
Published: March 3, 2020
Supporting the energy evolution

The UK’s bulk liquid storage sector knowledge, innovation & evolutionary capabilities are fundamental to ensuring a viable and successful energy transition. Tank Storage Association’s Peter Davidson reports

THE UK has set ambitious targets to reduce emissions. Under the Climate Change Act 2008 and the fifth carbon budget, covering 2028-32, the UK government has set a target for a 57% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2030 against a 1990 baseline.
By 2050, all GHG emissions are to be brought to net zero from 1990 levels. In practical terms, this means changes in
energy generation, industrial processes, transport, buildings and heat. The Tank Storage Association has recently
published a new report ‘Enabling the energy transition – The role of the bulk liquid storage sector’. The report explores the role and potential of the UK’s bulk liquid storage sector, and associated logistics, in the energy transition and in supporting the achievement of the UK’s decarbonisation targets.
The UK’s bulk liquid storage sector supports growth and prosperity by moving, storing and blending the modern products, feeds and chemicals that are integral to citizens’ daily lives. Similarly, and most crucially, the sector will have
a key role to play in unlocking future opportunities.
Undoubtedly, reducing emissions will require partnership, significant investment and coordinated efforts by government, supply chains, businesses, consumers and other stakeholders alike. Meeting the UK’s future ambitions will also require a broad mix of solutions. As essential partners in the energy transition, through our report, we emphasise our commitment to the innovation and evolution that will be necessary to succeed going forward. The report also identifies the barriers to be overcome and the opportunities that will unlock solutions for change.

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A new energies era
As new forms of energy continue to thrive and grow on the back of the global energy transition, storage giant Vopak explains how its adaptive and flexible approach ensures it remains relevant in this new energy era THE EMERGENCE of new energies on the back of the growing momentum behind the energy transition is creating opportunities for storage operators to play a key role in carving out new supply chains...
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Balancing the oil market between traditional and new regulatory political risk
ANALYSIS of markets, energy markets no less than others, often begins with a look at the fundamentals...
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US energy production transform global trade
Before January ended, two major events struck the oil market that speak volumes in how global trade has been transformed by US energy production PRICE risk in 2020 is now skewed to the downside as global economic growth and oil demand are under pressure from an outbreak of coronavirus...
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Preparing for a decade of change
As the sector enters a new decade, Channoil Consulting’s Chris Reveliotis, examines some of the key challenges facing the storage sector including shifting global trade patterns and the electrification of transport...
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The death and transformation of fuel oil
The global fuel oil market is still adapting to the momentous changes forced upon it by the IMO 2020 spec change...
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Storage: Linking Europe's supply chain
THE FEDERATION of European Tank Storage Associations (FETSA), represents European national tank storage associations and independent private storage companies operating bulk liquid storage terminals...
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Geared for future growth
In the last two years, HES Botlek Tank Terminal has more than doubled its storage capacity...
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Supporting the energy evolution
The UK’s bulk liquid storage sector knowledge, innovation & evolutionary capabilities are fundamental to ensuring a viable and successful energy transition...
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An innovative spirit
As the winner of the Global Tank Storage Terminal Efficiency Award, VTTI’s Euro Tank Terminal is a recognised industry leader in ensuring efficient terminal operations whilst tapping into the needs of its customers and looking to future market innovations...
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Preparing for an uncertain future
As oil markets balance between a series of evolving challenges including the coronavirus, Brexit, IMO 2020 and the ongoing energy transition, storage operators are continuing to invest in preparation for an unknown future...
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The integral sustainability approach
BRO and ENGIE explain how they developed an approach to achieve a wide-range of significant sustainability gains for the tank terminal sector WHAT does sustainability mean? Are you looking at it from a traditional perspective? Will you work with alternative energy measures as part of the ongoing energy transition? Considering these questions is the first step to achieving truly sustainable operations...
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Simplified proof testing of radar level gauges
AnnCharlott Enberg from Emerson explains how proof testing of the latest non-contacting radar level gauges within overfill prevention systems can be performed remotely, improving worker safety and increasing tank availability...
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Following the digital transformation path to prevent plant failures
THE TANK terminal industry of today faces many challenges focused on operational excellence, efficiency, and profitability...
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A revolution in asset management
A RADICAL cloud-based software system has harnessed the power of laser scanning technologies with custom cloud applications to produce a system to seamlessly and effectively manage valuable terminal assets...
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Tackling the unique challenges presented by tank outages
IN THE grand scheme of refinery and petrochemical plant turnarounds, tank outages are often seen as a lesser priority...
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Harnessing innovation to achieve perfect stormwater discharge
ONE of the largest integrated midstream companies in the US implemented the latest technological innovation in stormwater discharge to improve how it operates its network of pipelines and more than 100 liquid petroleum storage terminals...
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Safely and automatically draining water from product storage tanks
THE REMOVAL of water from hydrocarbon products in storage tanks has been a constant problem in the oil industry...
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The opportunities for new eco-friendly firefighting foams
SINCE the 1970s, PFAS (per and polyfluoroalkyl substances) have been identified as toxic fluorinated chemical compounds and described as ‘forever chemicals’ meaning they stay permanently in the environment and contaminate drinking water...
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Evolving maritime fire protection
At ports around the world, fire is potentially the greatest single threat to safety, therefore choosing the right fire protection is critical...
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Engineering for real-world problems
Drawing on its years of experience in the oil & gas engineering sector, EngCo Group, headquartered in the Czech Republic, offers unique engineering solutions to the energy & bulk liquid storage sector as it moves towards a global energy transition...
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The benefits of continuous mixing
FOR THE past ten years, the oil market has undergone significant changes, especially with the geographic evolution of supply and demand, increasing the volumes traded...
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Choosing the right tools to maximise fire safety
DETONATION and deflagration arresters, although similar in construction, serve two very distinct purposes...
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New requirements for emission control strategies
AS THE product portfolio for storage terminals changes, the requirements for vapour recovery technologies is also evolving...
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Reaping the benefits of edge intelligence
WITHIN the oil and gas sector time is money and that is why it is crucial that high value assets are always operating efficiently...
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'Nothing to worry about'
CHRIS MIDGLEY, head of analytics at S&P Global Platts opened this year’s European Oil Storage Conference with an update on global crude oil fundamentals...
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