Petroleum | Safe and efficient fuel handling at tank terminals

Economical, safe and efficient trading on the basis of harmonized and verified product specifications of fuels is of vital importance for tank terminals that deal with these essential goods of our daily life. Digital measurement technology is ideally suited to meet these requirements.

A challenging business

The specifics of tank terminals

Often located near the coast and close to major cities or refineries, there are around 6,400 tank terminals worldwide. Their total storage capacity of more than 1 billion cubic meters is continuously served by ship, road and rail tankers or pipelines. While the facilities can only contain one, but also up to several hundred tanks, they all have in common that the quantity and quality of the incoming and outgoing goods is directly related to the economic success of these versatile and busy places.

In addition to safety during the delivery of new fuels and the shipping of stored fuels, stable product quality during storage and the avoidance of unintentional mixing and product loss are further important tasks of a tank farm, which are supported, controlled and secured by digital measuring devices.

The importance of regulations

Regardless of whether it is diesel, gasoline, jet fuel, or ethanol for blending, compliance with internationally recognized product specifications (e.g. ASTM or EN) and local equivalents derived from them is of utmost importance for fuel trade at tank terminals where legal regulations need to be fulfilled and complaints have to be avoided. Each individual petroleum fuel product is precisely characterized by a set of clearly defined properties, which in turn can be characterized using measuring technology.

Achieving these target properties is not only important for trading fuels, but of course also for the safe and proper operation of the intended engine.

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