Crude oil storage tanks repairing is crucial in the oil extraction industry. Unrefined oil stays in these tanks waiting to be transported or processed into finished products. The integrity of the storage tank is essential to preserve the oil.
The problem is of course maintenance. Things like crude oil tank cleaning may seem like a simple task, but as this is an explosive product in an explosive environment, oil refineries need to use non-sparking tools to do any maintenance work in these areas. The risk of ignition is too high, so it is simply prohibited to use anything that could cause an explosion.
Oil Storage Tank Repair Process Photos
In this example, we want to show you what a collapsed wall in a crude oil tank looks like. It’s something rather unusual but can happen. Performing the repairs requires proper tools that won’t endanger people’s lives as well as asset integrity.
Pneumatic Tools Used for Oil Tank Repair
In this case, this client used a FUJI Air Tools FCD-10X-52, one of the most versatile pneumatic angle grinders in our catalog, ideal for an oil tank repair job. It’s a slow grinder (with a 1,000 RPM motor speed), perfect for surface preparation, weld repairing and even cold cutting with the right cutting disk (A-0502 cutting disc or A-0503 weld seam removal disc).
Every part of this oil tank repair process needs tools that reliably operate without risk of ignition. A bad maintenance job can easily rupture any oil storage container and turn into an oil spill.
This job is a perfect example of how these non-sparking tools keep refineries and chemical plants safe.
At TFT-Pneumatic we are dedicated to provide the best air tools for the toughest jobs. Contact us for more information about how we can help you on your next job.