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OTC-TD (Robotic Oil Tank Cleaner – Truck Drive) aka Wall-E.
A new robot, developed by Russian company, Mirrico, could revolutionise the way that storage tanks are cleaned. The first prototype, ROTC-TD (Robotic Oil Tank Cleaner – Truck Drive) affectionately known as “Wall-E” by the developers after the 2008 Disney Cartoon is equipped with CCTV, lighting, drainage and detergent supply systems and is controlled remotely by an operator. The robot can also be equipped with a range of optional equipment (modular scavenge pump, circumrotatory cleaning heads, blade, etc.) and models are planned that can will be able to safely and effectively clean underground as well as land based tanks, vessels and pipelines. This robot is the latest in a series developed by a number of companies around the world including for more examples click here.
Mirrico has been deploying this technology in a pilot project cleaning storage tanks at Gazpromneft-NNG and Samotlorneftegaz facilities in Russia. With the advantages of round the clock cleaning, even in freezing conditions and vastly diminished risk to humans as being highlighted as its positive outcomes.
Dr. Rashid Alleem, Director General of Seaports & Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority.
Fresh from this month’s Tank World Congress and Expo 2014 we pick out ten key trends found in the Congress delivered by our expert speakers including Sharjah Free Zones Authority, Port of Amsterdam, Sohar Port & Freezone, Port of Salalah, Gulf Petrochem, ENOC, the Energy Institute, Galana and many more. The event proved hugely popular and was attended by over 1,600 attendees across the Tank Storage industry. Tank World Congress and Expo will return in 2015 and free tickets are now available. See below to register.
1. The industry is undergoing a shift from crude oil to refined products. Cleaner and lighter fuels and alternate fuels are in greater demand than even before. This is partly related to growing environmental legislation regarding governing fuels and changes in customer demands.
A major challenge for those involved within storage is how to develop plans and strategies that not only enhance economic performance but also demonstrate high standards of both environmental stewardship and responsible social performance. Commonly known as sustainability, this is a growing focus for the industry, with oil and gas sustainability spending set to reach $6.5bn in 2017 according to a recent report from Verdantix, a significant increase from $5.4 billion in 2012. Today Tank World looks at this subject and gains insight from Dr. Rashid Alleem Director General Department of Seaports & Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority, and a leading expert in this field, about the growing role of sustainability within the oil and gas storage industry.
BP Storage tank in Bilbao, Spain (Courtesy of BP PLC).
To start I asked Dr Alleem how he defines sustainability: “Sustainability means survival. Sustainability means success. Without sustainability, global economic crisis like the historic 2008 economic meltdown will continue to take us back and affect our economic progress. Sustainable development in the present highly competitive global markets calls for a vision and long-term planning. In our quest for sustainability we fail to make use of the best of available resources and in the right manner. Sustainability does not only ensures our survival but it also ensures survival of our generations to be.
Interesting animated video looking at how a number of different types of storage tank are designed, made and installed. Courtesy of Schon Creative (a full service animation and video production studio).
“Business to us is not ‘as usual’, it is about accountability and responsibility.”
Today Tank World News focuses on MUC Oil & Gas Engineering Consultancy, part of the MUC organization whose establishment took place in Holland back in 1981. It all began with a small team of engineers handling projects in the Netherlands & grew its operations over the years to cover a range of the most prestigious projects across Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Middle East.
In 2004, MUC started its operations in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, and soon was selected by the Government of Fujairah to develop the Master plan for the Port of Fujairah expansion project, along with Fujairah coast reclamation project. The two projects coupled with other prestigious projects in the region have largely contributed to the positioning of MUC in the market, making it the premier consultant of Fujairah.
For tank storage firms, the risk of a lightning-induced fire event is too potentially damaging to bear. Floating tank storage facilities that have millions of dollars’ worth of product can be destroyed with a single spark. Even worse is the downtime such an event will cause: a possibly lengthy period of investigation and reconstruction that impacts a storage facility’s ability to deliver product to market and generate revenue.
Last year, Takreer, a storage and refinery subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), completed a thorough lightning protection analysis and began transforming its protection profile for floating roof tank storage. Dozens of tanks, while operating efficiently, had potentially faulty lightning protection systems in place: metal shunt and wire systems that are meant to direct charge in the case of a lightning event but are prone to fall into disrepair over time.
With just under a month to go until the Tank World Congress and Expo, Tank World News gains an exclusive sneak preview of the event which is set to bring two days of expert insight, practical case studies, in-depth discussion, technology launches and networking to Dubai on April 14th & 15th 2014.
With over 85 speakers delivering keynotes, case studies and workshops across the two days its impossible to cover all the highlights but we are honoured to have an introduction from H.E Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, Undersecretary of Ministry of Energy of United Arab Emirates who are also officially endorsing the event. Once H.E Dr. Matar Al Neyadi has opened the Executive Congress, a leading figure within the industry and region as a whole, Dr. Rashid Alleem, Director General Department of Seaports & Customs and Sharjah Free Zones Authority delivers a powerful presentation asking the key question – Sustainability: Fact or Fiction? Next up in the opening session sees high-level insights from industry giants Saudi Aramco and leading European facilities Ports of Zeeland and Amsterdam.