What petrochemical companies should know about Fuel quality monitoring?

Fuel retailers are running convenience stores and pump to fulfill the requirements of local consumers. They sell a variety of petrochemicals from diesel and petrol to refined gasoline and LPG. Irrespective of the fuel types, these retailers are selling, they are facing multiple challenges on a daily basis while fulfilling the demands of their clients.  Fuel quality maintenance is a major challenge for retailers. Selling best quality fuel is mandatory to maintain the reliable image and earn appreciation from clients.

Quality of fuel plays a critical role to gain returning customers. Government authorities of countries across the world are asking retailers to follow quality standards and procedures to improve fuel quality and significantly reduce the toxic vehicle emission.  As you can see petrochemical companies in UAE are coming up with new products, which are more susceptible to contamination, probably due to enhanced capacity to hold moisture. Besides this water accumulation in storage tanks and transport equipment promotes microbial growth can alter the fuel quality.

Why is fuel quality maintenance essential?

Petrochemical companies, refineries, storage facilities and fuel retailers are handling and storing a considerable quantity of petroleum products could not ignore to follow standard protocols to maintain the quality of fuel. If they do so, their customers will start claiming engine failures and costly repairs, which will eventually destroy brand image in the industry. As a result, they start losing their customers. If retailers ignore checking the fuel quality maintenance and cleaning of the storage facility, they will even notice an increase in facility maintenance expenses. Low-quality fuel blocks filters, pumps and dispensers and eventually slows down the flow and pre-set pumps started running over, which causes environmental pollution. Moreover, un-cleaned petroleum products accelerate corrosion in fuel storage tanks and reduce the lifespan of tank systems.

What alters the quality of fuel in the storage vessel?

Total number of years a steel vessel is being used and lack of cleaning and maintenance are the key factors altering the quality of petrochemicals. Cracked walls, edges and loose caps allow water and other pollutants to enter inside and promote microbial growth inside the vessel. If left untreated, bacteria start decomposing the fuel and alter its chemical and physical characteristics. Besides this, contamination can also occur during delivery and while transferring the liquid from one container to other. Cleaning and maintenance of equipment used in transportation are equally essential to maintain product quality till the end user will receive it. Contaminants always decrease product turnover and even put vendors at the risk of facing obligations like selling the substituted low-quality product.

What are few common signs of contamination?

Understanding the signs of contamination is critically important to get rid of them on time. Underground fuel storage tanks must possess some sort of pollution in the form of water, rust particles and bacterial sediments. You can’t sit and wait for complete decomposition of fuel product. As soon as the system start showing any of the following signs like slower fuel flow from pumps, blocked filters, running over pumps and blockage of automatic tank gauge float; it’s time to empty the vessel followed by deep cleaning and disinfection.

Conclusion: Petrochemical companies in UAE ensure to follow the best practices for the storage and handling of fuel and petrochemicals. They aim to deliver high-quality fuel free from impurities.

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