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[post_content] => The Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition, the UK’s leading event for the bulk liquid storage sector, will take place on 27 September this year, once again at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The conference sessions will feature presentations from government, regulators and industry experts on topics of interest for those working in this sector, while the associated exhibition will offer space to more than 60 vendors to show their wares to a large and interested audience.
The event will begin with an introduction by Paul Denmead, recently installed as president of the Tank Storage Association (TSA), followed by a keynote presentation on trade imbalances and the impact on European storage from Giacomo Boati, director of HIS Markit Oil Markets, Midstream and Downstream Consulting. Other topics to be addressed during the conference include cybersecurity and mental health in the workplace, led by Sarabjit Purewal of Health and Safety Executive and independent consultant Jamie Walker, respectively. Both topics will provide a springboard for further discussion.
AROUND THE HALLS
During breaks in the conference, delegates will be able to wander the exhibition hall overlooking the hallowed pitch at the Ricoh, home to both Coventry City FC and Wasps RUFC. Among those hoping to attract buyers will be systems and engineering technology consultancy Frazer-Nash, which will be discussing how it helps the bulk liquids storage sector to develop, enhance and protect its critical assets, systems and processes.
The company offers technical solutions to the problems and challenges facing the sector and aims to deliver safe and effective bulk liquids storage operations for its clients. Frazer-Nash supports companies’ asset management through integrity, subsidence, fitness-for-service assessments, obsolescence management and helping to improve processing efficiency of a terminal’s assets.
With safety a key focus in the tank storage sector, Frazer-Nash's safety, risk and reliability services help to assure design compliance of tanks through code assessments and adference to environmental standards. The company has extensive experience in developing safety cases for clients across safety-critical industries. With more than 800 employees, Frazer-Nash works from a network of nine UK and three Australian locations.
When it comes to safety concerns, working from heights is quite literally an accident waiting to happen. IFC Inflow, a liquid loading equipment and safe tanker access specialist, will preview its fall prevention systems at this year’s TSA exhibition. IFC is a Basildon-based company whose mission is to keep workers safe when accessing road and rail tankers, tank containers and the tops of vehicles used for fluid distribution.
Founded in 1987, IFC began by specialising in plant installations where it installed high-volume liquids transfer equipment. Progressing forward some years, it sensed increased demand for gantries and safety cages that could keep workers from falls while working in hazardous locations like the tops of tankers. What resulted was a wide range of items, designed in the company’s Essex headquarters and installed in more than 30 countries around the world.
“It’s a sad fact that in 2018, workers are still suffering injuries and even death when working on the tops of tankers or in any truck-based activity,” says Kiran Shaw, director of IFC. “We take a lot of pride in knowing that our safe access systems are becoming the standard for companies who don’t want to wait for a fatality before they act.”
According to recent government statistics, 35 workers were killed by falling from a height at work in 2017. This figure is just one less than the 36 that were killed by moving vehicles and, although safety in the UK has generally increased, manufacturing, agriculture and construction are still the most dangerous industries for workers.
A decline in the number of young people applying for jobs across the fuel storage and distribution sector has become more and more prevalent in recent years. Lincolnshire-based Reynolds Training Services (RTS) will use the TSA exhibition to highlight its new apprenticeships for bulk liquids terminal technicians and the associated qualification that accompanies it.
Internships such as the ones offered by RTS are a proven way to entice young people into skilled labour roles such as technicians and engineers. On 27 June this year, RTS hosted TSA’s ‘SHE’ meeting at the CATCH facility in Stallingborough, where its managing director John Reynolds provided an overview of the progress that has been made in relation to development of the apprenticeship for operational personnel in the bulk liquids warehousing sector. The company has laid out a work-based learning guide that includes competences that need to be achieved by anyone being trained for the occupation, with the first cohort planned to start in 2019.
Concrete Canvas Ltd, which is exhibiting at TSA for yet another year, will be previewing its award-winning products Concrete Canvas™ (CC) and Concrete Canvas Hydro™ (CCH), both of which have seen growth in sales in the petrochemical and oil and gas sectors. CCH has become the material of choice for projects at tank storage sites both across the UK and globally.
CC is part of a revolutionary new class of materials called Geosynthetic Cementitious Composite Mats (GCCMs). GCCMs consist of a three-dimensional fibre matrix filled with a specially formulated cement mix and backed with PVC. CCH uses the same innovative material technology, with an added thermally weldable geomembrane backing for full impermeability. CC is primarily used for erosion control applications, while CCH is specifically designed for containment.
Notably, CCH was used for the largest UK bund-lining project to date. A 5mm thick variant of CCH (CCH5) was specified for the project at the SemLogistics Ltd oil storage facility in Milford Haven, west Wales. It involved laying 4,000 m² of the material in bunds surrounding two of the facility’s tanks in separate phases between 2014 and 2016. The flexibility of CC and CCH products mean that they can be used for a variety of uses outside their core applications and across multiple sectors. These include use in sectors such as temporary works, pipe protection, mining vent walls, tunnel lining and cable protection.
INSPECTION IS KEY
Eddyfi Technologies, which recently acquired M2M, will be previewing its Amigo 2 inspection device. The rugged unit takes advantage of TSC alternating current field measurement (ACFM) technology, able to detect cracks with accurate length and depth.
The Amigo 2 is capable of inspecting a wide range of geometrics through thin metallic and non-conductive coatings several millimetres thick. Although primarily used for above-water inspection projects, Amigo can also be used in shallow-water applications and splash zone weld inspection with the use of underwater probes.
The Amigo 2’s ability to detect the presence of small cracks poses a major benefit over competitive devices; locating small defects early means less work is required to fix it in terms of manpower, equipment and time, which translates into a significant cost saving.
Amigo 2 can support a wide variety of single-sensor probes as well as multi-channel array probes. In order to make its products as accessible as possible, these products are available for sale, lease, rent or as part of Eddyfi’s on-site inspection.
HCB will report back on the TSA conference and all the news from the exhibition hall in the November issue. Full details of the event can be found at www.tankstorage.org.uk/conference-exhibition
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