Chopped fibre, a forgotten pearl

15 years after the pilot project with chopped fibre on a tank bottom at the Shell Europoort Terminal, Van der Ende has applied this technique again, to the bottom of a 48.8 diameter tank at the BP Europoort Refinery.
Using this reliable and efficient solution for heavily corroded tank bottoms, which normally are replaced by new tank bottoms, in a short time, the safe service life of the tank can be extended for at least 10 years.

The replacement of a bottom is a costly and time-consuming process. Time that’s deducted from the operational availability of the storage tank.

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The tank at BP went from off-line to on-line in less than 6 weeks, being made suitable once again for non-stop operation for at least 10 years. Replacement of the tank bottom would have certainly involved an off-line situation for a period of six months. Valuable time in which no money is earned.

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In specific cases it may be interesting to opt for operational availability in the medium term
(about 10 years). BP made this strategic decision in a time where cost savings are a choice.

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