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Tanks are for the export and blending of petrol B

eele Engineering has supplied the NOFIRNO sealing system for 11 new storage tanks at Hydrocarbon

Hotel, which is being realised in the Amsterdam Western port area. The tanks are for the export and blending of petrol and the storage of petrol components and biofuels. The syndicate Henver (MNO Vervat and Hendriks infra) is performing the civil works for the project. The total capacity of the tank terminal is 140 000 m3. The 11 tanks were built on a foundation of 134

prefab piles and 3,800 so-called high-speed piles (HSPs). It is the first time that HSPs have been used for storage tanks. Steel sheet piling was installed around the tanks, whilst the ground was covered with a liquid-proof mat. This created a safe and reliable receiving area for the petrol components and biofuels in the event of accidental leakage from the tank.

The petrol components and biofuels will be pumped

from a central pumping cellar. The pipes for this pass through the steel sheet piling at 28 points. To seal these effectively, use was made of the NOFIRNO sealing system from Beele Engineering. The choice of this system is explained by Hubert Otten of MNO Vervat: “The sheet piling must ensure that the tank grounds are sealed in the event something goes wrong. With a relatively short construction time and pipework that can suffer from cavitations due to pumping, a sealing system was needed that is quick to install and remains reliable at all times even under the worst possible circumstances. The NOFIRNO system from Beele Engineering was found to meet the criteria and was also the most interesting solution from a price point of view.” The NOFIRNO system contains no metal parts and

is absolutely water-tight. This prevents corrosion to pipework and (invisible) corrosion in the lead-through. The NOFIRNO sealing system ensures a liquid-tight,

gas-tight and fire-proof sealing of cable and pipe lead- throughs. The system has been intensively tested; for example, the system has been successfully exposed to a jet-fire test in accordance with ISO 22899-1:2007 and ISO/CD 22899-2 and the system was successfully tested in accordance with EN1366-3:2004 and approved in accordance with EN13501-2:2003 (NEN 6069). The system retains its mechanical stability for a long

time. The system is also resistant to the effects of the weather, UV, ozone, shocks and vibrations. ●

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Safety of pipeline systems at the heart of conference E

ngineers and developers across Europe have many years’ experience with pipelines, as many pipeline

systems have been in operation for more than 50 years, transporting gas, oil, and water reliably. During this time, the networks have steadily

expanded throughout Europe; consequently the experience in pipe installation has increased, too. European companies lead the way when it comes to

planning, building, operating, maintaining and repairing pipelines. Thanks to this the number of pipe disruptions has

decreased despite many more networks being in place. Basic safety of pipeline systems has played a major role in this. However, more than 2000 defects still occur in European pipeline networks annually. In other words, there’s room for


improvement in order to increase pipeline availability and safety further still. In addition to third party impact, such as damages caused during construction works or farming, flaws in design and corrosion are causes of pipe damage. Experts from all over the world attend this

international Pipeline Technology Conference to learn from one another, with more than half of all participants coming from abroad. This 7th conference in 2012 will again boast top-class speakers from the oil, gas and water sectors, who will be reporting on the latest key projects and developments in the industry and will be introducing new technologies. Here, operators, planners, construction companies,

manufacturers, service providers, public authorities and government departments have the opportunity to gather information about cutting-edge safety, modernization

and expansion strategies. At this conference/exhibition they will have the

chance to exchange experiences between colleagues as regards working methods and other related matters. Other topics at the 7th Pipeline Technology

Conference will cover safeguarding supplies and energy efficiency, environmental protection during construction and operation, as well as “cyber security”, which refers to the threat of attacks targeting computer networks that control system operations. The Pipeline Technology Conference will take place in

the Hannover Congress Centrum from March 28 to March 30, 2012. ●

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