12 July 2016 — AFD Petroleum
If your fuel storage tank springs a leak, the cost to fix it can be in the millions. And if you don’t act on the leak right away, you might also be held liable for the cleanup. We designed the Portable Fuel Station (PFS) to stop that problem before it starts.
The features below, which come standard with a PFS, are usually too costly to install on a tank with such small capacity. Most companies don’t want to add these features to a tank that stores less than 30,000 litres. As a result, no other tank on the market is as environmentally friendly as the PFS.
The PFS is approved by the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC). ULC Standards is an accredited independent product safety testing, certification and inspection organization that supports government safety regulations initiatives. The organization focuses on preventing accidents, ensuring public health, and protecting the environment. The ULC seal of approval is stamped on consumer safety products like fire extinguishers, appliances, medical devices, smoke alarms, and other products you use in your home. That stamp is on the PFS, too, which means you can trust the unit to operate safely without putting your employees or work site in danger.
The PFS has several failsafe features to keep the tank from overfilling and spilling fuel on your work site. When the unit reaches 90% capacity during filling, flashing lights and audible alarms activate to tell the tanker operator that the tank’s overfill valve is about to shut down. Like other units, the PFS’s overfill valve will stop fuel from flowing once the tank reaches full capacity. Unlike other units, however, the PFS won’t even start taking fuel if the overfill valve isn’t functional. This tells the operator that there’s a problem before they can start pumping fuel, removing all risk of overfill valve failure.
The PFS is designed with safety breakaway couplings in case the driver pulls away from the tank before returning the fuel nozzle to its holder. The breakaway couplings have a diverted breaking point at a determined break load. At that point, the internal valves automatically close on both sides to avoid spilling. So if there’s an accident, there’s no cleanup, no repairs, no downtime, no expense, and no impact on the environment.
If you have worked with storage tanks before, you might have noticed that single-walled units can easily spring a leak. That’s why many fuel stations need earthworks to control any spillage. But the PFS isn’t like other tanks: it doesn’t need additional setup because its double-walled design doesn’t leak. If either wall is damaged, the other will remain intact and keep fuel from spilling out, making the unit an ideal portable or permanent fixture on any work site.