TECH TALK:


 

FUEL CONTAMINATION THE FACTS

The main cause of fuel contamination begins with poor housekeeping and the lack of consistent quality assurance systems at storage facilities.
 
Underground Storage Tanks (UST’s) are consistently subjected to ground water ingress; this ingress is compounded by thousands of water born soil spores and suspended solids (silt).

All storage tanks breathe as their air space (ullage) is dispersed by the introduction of new product or the expansion of air due to ambient temperature variations.

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How does fuel become contaminated / dirty ?

Fuel is a man made product derived from organic deposits. Every oil field presents a unique chemical signature reflecting the origin of that particular field.

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What sort of damage can occur from contamination and dirty fuel ?

The impact of contaminated/dirty fuel is far reaching. Apart from the mechanical damage, consequential losses can be considerable with the net effect likely to leave a large hole in your wallet.
The contaminates in fuel have not changed much over the years. What has changed is your ability to observe and recognise them prior to  purchase, and your ability to recover costs after the incident.

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