Sodium explosion, Birmingham
We have an unmatched history of thorough, spotless cleaning of all storage tank types, whatever material they are made of, in every sector that uses them. These include gas, electric and water utilities, power generation and infrastructure companies, industrial concerns of every description and commercial and military forecourts up and down the country.
Reasons for the cleaning process include a change of stored product, contamination, damage to the tank, decommissioning, transportation or a regular maintenance schedule to extend life. We handle capacities ranging from less than a thousand litres up to the tens of millions.
All operations start with a site visit from our industry leading experts, to discuss your specific industrial tank cleaning requirements and inspect underground, ground level or above ground systems.
Here, every aspect of the job, including challenges such as confined spaces, is assessed and planned to ensure that the best, most cost-effective cleaning route is employed. We work man entry and non-man entry techniques – including gamma jetting, 360 cleaning heads and state of the art robotic systems. They are applied to oil tanks, all alternative fuel tanks, foul tanks and those that store chemicals, water and any other liquid or gas.
Our selection of methods is unmatched and ensures that, no matter how inaccessible the location, nothing is ever missed - with powerful cleaning processes always getting right to the bottom of the tanks. In addition, our fuel polishing specialists can test any fuel, either on-site or at our dedicated laboratory, with a variety of fuel polishing units then deployed to remove any water, free water sediment and microbial contamination.
This has become ever more important recently with the rise of biofuels, which are prone to corruption. Water promotes the growth of bio materials that often clog filters and create tank sludge, commonly known as ‘the diesel bug’. Dormant fuels (such as those stored for back-up power supplies) are also vulnerable to contamination and deterioration and, with this in mind, tank cleaning, sludge separation and oil recovery can be combined in one smooth operation.
We can also check the structural integrity of tanks. Pressure testing and non-destructive testing (NDT) quickly pinpoint corrosion, degradation, weakness, cracking and welding defects, before damage occurs. Following an analysis, we give full recommendations on work needed to resolve any problem, which we can also deliver.
The completeness of our tank cleaning service puts it in a class of its own. Ranging from inspection to uplift of stored contents through fuel polishing to disposal if needed, competitors are unable to match such end to end in-house expertise and the resulting financial and time savings.
As a proud member of the Water Jetting Association, OFTEC and a number of other relevant industry and awarding bodies, our specialist tank cleaners’ depth of knowledge and training is unparalleled. Many have several decades’ experience and their accreditations include the leading qualifications in Confined Space Entry, Water Jetting, Ultra High-Pressure Jetting and Shot Blasting, which prepares surfaces for inspection.
Supporting organisations of every size, a long working relationship with the Environment Agency hallmarks the universal respect and recognition for our team.