Oct 05

Fuel Storage Tanks

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Fuel storage tanks comprise an essential component of large-scale industrial installations in almost every sector, and are equally important in residential establishments in many parts of the country.  Factories, mines, airports and marine ports, large construction sites, and farms for example, are environments in which fuel-driven machinery is in constant use, requiring that large quantities of fuel be constantly available and easily accessible.

Large apartment complexes and commercial buildings in some parts of the country also often store fuel in quite large quantities for winter-time heating purposes.  The owners of private residences, too, must fill storage tanks with heating fuels at the change of season and several times throughout the colder months.

In every one of these instances, steel fuel storage tanks are either the container of choice, or the most efficient and cost-effective. Rocky Mountain Fabrication (RMF) fabricates and installs steel fuel storage tanks of carbon or stainless steel in the full range of sizes, and suitable for storing all general types of fuel, including ethanol and biodiesel. We install specific linings, as necessary, to ensure proper containment of specialty fuels and petrochemicals.

We build bulk fuel storage tanks that adhere to the containment guidelines of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all federal, state, and city or county regulations. Equally particularly, we fabricate all our tanks to comply with the stringent safety specifications that must necessarily obtain when dealing with flammable and highly volatile fluids such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene, jet and aviation fuels, or asphalt and the vast range of petroleum-based fuel products utilised across the industries we serve.

We build above ground fuel storage tanks that are cylindrical and lie horizontally or are positioned vertically, and that, depending on the type and quantity of fuel that will be stored, are either single or double walled, or specially treated to protect against corrosion. At RMF, we have a cadre of experienced engineers and construction personnel who work closely with our customers to design and fabricate the most appropriate, and safe, fuel storage installations. Above ground or underground, compartmentalized or not, single- or double-walled, our fuel storage tanks are a solid investment for our customers.

The engineering and construction quality of the fuel storage tanks we erect are such that they ensure that our customers’ business interests are protected, the potential for loss and inconvenience is averted, and the stored fuel products are always readily and very safely available.

Sep 20

Above Ground Storage Tanks – Part 3

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“Water, water everywhere, and not a drop to drink” is the irony of floods. Floods come on the heels of hurricanes, spring rains, winter storms, or as the result of industrial accidents, worn-out dam structures, or human error. They create difficulties of various kinds, many of which can be alleviated or avoided by the utilization of well-constructed, properly-installed above ground storage tanks.

When floods occur, they affect everything at or below ground level. The waters that flow on the ground are unsafe for any number of reasons, and it’s presence damages property and makes it difficult for people to access and use what property there is, even in order to continue operating a business.

Seepage is a major source of worry that is made only more urgent by flood conditions. Above ground storage tanks (AST’s) are immensely helpful for alleviating all of these difficulties. They are never placed directly upon the ground, but are required, by EPA and other federal and state regulations, to be placed in very particular ways, precisely in order to ensure that they remain minimally affected by environmental conditions, and so that fall-out caused by any circumstances, can be contained and managed fairly easily.

Rocky Mountain Fabrication has designed, fabricated, and installed above ground storage tanks across a range of industries, including those that are most heavily regulated for safety, and require the very highest levels of workmanship. Our tanks are built of the finest grades of steel available. They are coated and processed, as necessary, to ensure the safe containment of specific liquids, and in every case, they are erected with the highest integrity and attention to detail and regulation requirements.

Above ground storage tanks are used for the storage of water and oil, and for chemical and process industry purposes. Their utilization can often continue even in flood conditions, precisely because they are placed above the ground. This can be the case even with bunkered bulk storage containers which are considered to be above ground storage containers by some federal regulatory statutes, even though they are re-enclosed within the ground after construction. Federal statutes monitor these bunkered storage vessels as above ground storage tanks, because they were placed by cutting into the ground and then re-covered in such a way that their placement breaks the natural grade of the surrounding grounds.

Rocky Mountain Fabrication consistently builds above ground storage tanks that can safely weather storms and floods.

Jun 30

Steel Storage Tanks

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Steel storage tanks are among the most widely used types of containers in commerce and across a wide spectrum of industries. They are generally made of stainless steel or carbon steel. Each of these two types of steel possesses unique chemical and physical properties, partly because different elements are used to create the steel alloy. The metals are also handled differently during manufacture, but these diverse processes serve to make each type of steel more suitable for certain uses than for others.

Steel storage tanks are especially suitable for containing more volatile liquids and gases that require storage under conditions of temperature or pressure that are substantially different from the ambient conditions.

Stainless, or “inox” steel, is called that because it does not oxidize or rust easily. It is also referred to as CRES steel (corrosion-resistant steel) and does not stain easily. All these factors make it very suitable for use in harsher environments, and for storing or transporting corrosive chemicals. In addition, the polished finish makes stainless steel storage tanks easier to clean, and therefore very suitable for industries in which sterility is required, or in which the highest standards for general cleanliness are the norm.

Carbon steel accounts for more than 80% of the steel used in the Untied States, and is manufactured in a range of grades, making it somewhat more economical overall for the construction of most general use storage tanks. The heat-treatment or tempering processes that are employed to render carbon steel harder, stronger, and more resistant to impact and stress, also make it very suitable for heavy-duty industrial purposes. Steel storage tanks can range in capacity up to hundreds of thousands of gallons and may be positioned above ground, or be partially or wholly contained underground.

Steel storage tanks may also be used for water, food, and dry product storage. Steel containers utilized for these kinds of storage may be spray-coated or painted with epoxy or other materials approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cathodic protection techniques also serve to further reduce the likelihood of corrosion on the inside of some storage tanks.

Adherence to the range of standards and regulations articulated for the construction of steel storage tanks serves to safeguard safety and security across industries as diverse as agriculture and petroleum.

Jun 22

Above Ground Storage Tanks – Next Phase

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Above ground storage tanks (AST’s) built of steel are at the core of business for Rocky Mountain Fabrication. The company designs, fabricates, and erects tanks of all sizes, with demonstrated expertise, earned through decades of experience and an unwavering attention to quality.

RMF contracts regularly with companies engaged in various areas of mining, manufacturing petroleum products, and processing agricultural produce. The company specializes in field-erecting these bulk storage containers built of steel, and during the three decades that it has been in operation, has placed installations in environments as diverse as Florida and the South Pole.

RMF has built literally thousands of tanks in installations of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries. The company is known for relentlessly putting to work the vast specialist experience it possesses, whether it is fabricating above ground storage tanks from the more general-use carbon and stainless steels, or in other more specialized-use steel alloys, and regardless of whether the installations are small or large, or whether they are being erected in the United States or internationally.

The company has a well-earned reputation as an industry leader in lining and alloy wallpapering for special-use tanks, acid and process storage tanks, and bulk storage containers for fuel and petroleum products, and water.

In full consultation with our clients, RMF ensures that the steels from which the above ground storage tanks are fabricated are the most suitable for the product being stored, and to withstand all conditions of storage including extremes of temperature and pressure, both internal and external to the tanks, and any other remarkable properties of the general external environment. These include silos, thickener tanks, clarifiers, double-walled AST’s, elevated, and with scalloped bottoms or with secondary means of containment where required by industry standards and government regulations.

The company’s dedication to excellence and safety ensure that the all tanks consistently meet the requirements of clients and the standards set by regulatory agencies. They are always in accordance with regulatory requirements such as those set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulation, the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

With our vast stores of knowledge and manpower, RMF is constantly developing more efficient and cost-effective methods of designing, fabricating, and erecting above ground storage tanks, in consultation with and for the express benefit of our clients.

Jun 15

Storage Tanks

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Storage tanks built of carbon steel, stainless steel, clad and nickel alloy materials are a fundamental part of the product offerings of RMF. For more than thirty years, we have been consistently developing expertise in the design, fabrication, and erection of storage tanks and related mechanisms. We install all across the country and in other parts of the globe for clients in a wide range of industries including mining, petrochemicals, fuel, and agriculture.

Our company constructs these fuel storage tanks, acid storage tanks, water storage tanks, and process storage tanks in installments that range from small shop tanks to high capacity roasters. RMF has fabricated and placed as many as seventy-two tanks in a single installation project, consistently meeting industry and regulatory standards, in every case. Projects typical for RMF include storage tanks that meet the requirements and the standards set by the American Petroleum Institute (API), and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).

In addition to general use storage tanks, RMF also has the capacity and expertise to engineer and erect tanks for more specialised uses. These include the types of tanks required by process design companies in industries such as agriculture, refining, and water and waste water management. RMF has earned a reputation with process design companies for supplying quality scalloped bottom elevated tanks, thickener tanks, flotation cells, hydro-separators, clarifier tanks, and other types, that meet the stress requirements and can withstand the harsh environments of the associated processes.

RMF possesses a unique history of experience, collaboration, and focused in-house development of techniques and skills in engineering, fabricating, and erecting storage tanks.  Our collaboration with agencies such as the Nickel Development Institute with which we worked in the 1980’s to help develop welding procedures for alloy lining FGD (flue gas desulfurization) mining systems, partly explains why RMF is one of the most highly-qualified and technically-capable storage tank companies in the country today. As a result, we possess a particular expertise in lining and alloy wallpapering storage tanks for specialized use.  To date, RMF has lined more than 500,000 sq. ft of storage tanks and related structures, utilizing C-276, C-22, C-2000, Alloy G, 317 LM and various other materials and alloys.

Through the groundwork and collaborations that RMF has built up over the years, we have perfected our techniques for engineering, fabricating, and erecting storage tanks, so that we can consistently do so quickly, expertly, and efficiently.

Jun 08

Above Ground Storage Tanks

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Above ground storage tanks (AST’s) are defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as “tanks or other containers that are above ground, partially buried, bunkered, or in a subterranean vault.” Tanks with holding capacities greater than 55 gallons, particularly those that are also used to store oil, are referred to, in regulatory legislation, as “bulk storage” containers, and as such, their construction, use, and disposal after use, are regulated by the EPA in accordance with standing Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulation and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA).

The quality of the materials and construction methods used to erect above ground storage tanks must, of necessity and by regulation, be compatible with the product being stored and the conditions of storage, such as temperature and pressure, both internal and external to the tanks. RMF possesses vast specialist experience in constructing tanks made of the more general-use carbon and stainless steels, and maintains a professional area of expertise in other more specialized-use steel alloys.

The primary use of bulk, or above ground storage tanks, is in the containment of petroleum and fuel material, and in its decades of experience building literally thousands of tanks in installations of all sizes and in various industries, RMF has consistently ensured that the containers it erects are fully in accordance with highest engineering practices. Furthermore, the company is careful to consistently meet the highest standards in the petroleum industry and all others with which it contracts.

Above ground tanks that store fuel and petroleum products are constructed in accordance with American Petroleum Institute (API) regulations, and those built to store water consistently conform to the safe storage standards of the American Water Works Association (AWWA). RMF also builds above ground acid and process storage tanks, and is an industry leader in lining and alloy wallpapering for special-use tanks.

RMF expertise includes extensive experience designing and installing thickener tanks, clarifiers, AST’s with double walls, scalloped bottoms, or elevated, and with secondary means of containment as required by industry standards and government regulations. Secondary means of containment for above ground storage tanks include dikes, pits, or catchment basins capable of holding the entire capacity of the largest single tank and, where applicable, have sufficient freeboard to contain any potential precipitation.

RMF ensures that, in all cases, the installations it erects meet the regulatory and industry requirements for proper in-use management and monitoring.

Jun 01

Steel Storage Tanks

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Steel storage tanks are among the most widely used types of containers in commerce and across a wide spectrum of industries. They are generally made of stainless steel or carbon steel. Each of these two types of steel possesses unique chemical and physical properties, partly because different elements are used to create the steel alloy. The metals are also handled differently during manufacture, but these diverse processes serve to make each type of steel more suitable for certain uses than for others.

Steel storage tanks are especially suitable for containing more volatile liquids and gases that require storage under conditions of temperature or pressure that are substantially different from the ambient conditions.

Stainless, or “inox” steel, is called that because it does not oxidize or rust easily. It is also referred to as CRES steel (corrosion-resistant steel) and does not stain easily. All these factors make it very suitable for use in harsher environments, and for storing or transporting corrosive chemicals. In addition, the polished finish makes stainless steel storage tanks easier to clean, and therefore very suitable for industries in which sterility is required, or in which the highest standards for general cleanliness are the norm.

Carbon steel accounts for more than 80% of the steel used in the Untied States, and is manufactured in a range of grades, making it somewhat more economical overall for the construction of most general use storage tanks. The heat-treatment or tempering processes that are employed to render carbon steel harder, stronger, and more resistant to impact and stress, also make it very suitable for heavy-duty industrial purposes. Steel storage tanks can range in capacity up to hundreds of thousands of gallons and may be positioned above ground, or be partially or wholly contained underground.

Steel storage tanks may also be used for water, food, and dry product storage. Steel containers utilized for these kinds of storage may be spray-coated or painted with epoxy or other materials approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Cathodic protection techniques also serve to further reduce the likelihood of corrosion on the inside of some storage tanks.

Adherence to the range of standards and regulations articulated for the construction of steel storage tanks serves to safeguard safety and security across industries as diverse as agriculture and petroleum.

May 23

Storage Tanks – An Introduction

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Storage tanks are used in just about every industry, to contain liquids in large quantities. These fluids could be as different from each other as oil and water.

Properly constructed above ground storage tanks will meet all the requirements made necessary by the properties of the liquids to be stored in them, and the stipulations set out within the official regulations governing their use generally. They must also meet the requirement demanded by the specific industries in which each tank is being utilized.

Built mostly from materials such as steel, fibreglass, concrete, thermoplastic, or polyethylene, large, industrial capacity, storage tanks are typically manufactured in rounded shapes. Cylindrical or spherical, positioned horizontally or vertically, they may be fully enclosed or covered. Alternatively, they might have a floating or fixed roof, or no cover at all. Floating roofs are those that rise and fall with the level of liquid inside the storage tank, and could be internal (IFR) or external (FR) depending on the flash point values of the contained fluid.

Internal floating roofs are utilized, usually, when low-flash point liquids are being stored, in order to best manage or restrict the build up of gases and pressure inside, mainly as a safety measure. This is necessary because vapors from these kinds of liquids can be highly flammable and could pose a danger because of the risk of ignition. The internal floating roof is itself enclosed within a fixed, usually conical roof, that traps the vapor given off by the liquid. Two examples of low flash-point liquids usually stored in floating roof storage tanks are ethanol and gasoline.

Storage tanks of the external floating roof type are used to contain medium flash-point liquids such as naphtha and kerosene, and are essentially open roof tanks, with a top that floats up and down, and no enclosing second, or outer, roof.

Other important considerations for storage tanks utilizations and manufacture include the environmental conditions that they will be subjected to, and their precise points of placement with regard to neighboring structures and activities. Some Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, for example, require that storage tanks made of metal be coated and rendered resistant to corrosion if they are being placed in direct contact with the earth, and particularly if they will be used to store petroleum products. Containment dykes, or bundings, against seepage or overflow, are also generally an EPA requirement for these types of storage tanks.