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OPW Create Bespoke Chamber Bonding Solution for Shell, Reducing Installation Time and Cost

Project Overview

Petro Systems Management (PSM) has upgraded from using steel pipework in their installations to using KPS conductive plastic piping, enabling simple, fast, long lasting installations, especially when used in conjunction with Fibrelite tank sumps and seal kits as pictured here.

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Fibrelite tank sumps bonded to existing tanks using bespoke bonding system

Project Overview

Existing steel tank upstands on this site were not wide enough to facilitate a traditional bolted connection. OPW’s UK engineering team created a bespoke chemical bonding system to attach GRP Fibrelite tank sumps to the existing upstands, eliminating the need for additional work and expensive adaptor plates.

Problem

Shell required a retrofit watertight solution to replace previously installed tank sumps / chambers fitted to existing tank upstands without replacing the tanks. The main problem for this installation was that the old tank upstands were too small for the traditional bolt down tank sumps / chambers.

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Solution

OPW’s Fibrelite team came up with a solution to chemically bond the GRP square chambers onto the old tank upstands.

The OPW Fibrelite site team used an epoxy putty compound to lay onto the tank collar before carefully placing the chamber on top, bonding the chamber to the upstand. Preparation of surfaces before bonding was key.

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OPW’s Fibrelite team came up with a solution to chemically bond the GRP square chambers onto the old tank upstands


Results

Bonding the chambers directly onto existing tank upstands saved Shell time and money on installation while providing a fully watertight chamber system, which will endure year after year.

The site team conducted a vacuum test onsite after the install to ensure water tightness of the chambers.

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Fibrelite tank sump mounted on old tank upstand

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