When storing oil and petroleum products, it is important to understand that their temperature can substantially affect how their properties change. Extreme fluctuations can cause loss of liquid hydrocarbons and some estimates have seen a loss of up to 5% when the product is stored in adverse temperature variations. So how can you best protect your oil and gas product from adverse climates? Well, you can start using fiber-reinforced plastic tanks and storage units!
Based on significant research and analysis of the trade, the primary cause of most temperature fluctuation in oil products was due to the surrounding ambient temperatures permeating the storage tank walls and the subsequent tank’s ability to absorb or emit energy. Maintaining a steady temperature is essential in order to protect the product and producers require the most efficient, long-lasting and economical storage facilities possible. Whether the production is manufactured off or onshore, the oil and gas industry demands products that can stand up to the adverse environments in which oil and natural gas are extracted and stored. If oil is too viscous, it doesn’t produce well and it’s been found that heavy crude oils display a reduction in viscosity by a factor of 10 for every temperature increase of 50 °C or 90 °F. Therefore, storage tanks must be built to withstand such intense temperature situations.
With FRP Mocoat’s understanding of this, we offer double insulated, encapsulated urethane foam storage tanks and structures to help combat the interference of outside temperatures and can be even further insulated for the coldest of climates. We understand the unique needs of the oil and gas industry and our products rise up to the challenge against extreme temperatures and the most corrosive of materials. Find out how we can best support your project with one of our many building applications!