Protective coatings company Jotun (Sandefjord, Norway) is launching TankFast, a new range of tank linings formulated to allow tanks to return back to service quicker than ever before. According to the manufacturer, the linings offer excellent chemical resistance capabilities in the refinery, petrochemical, and chemical industries.
“To optimize earnings our customers, need to ensure tanks are fully operational,” says Miles Buckhurst, global concept director for the company’s hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) business. “Even with spare tanks, storage and transportation flexibility and profit potential are diminished when one or more has to be taken out of service.”
“We have recognized that the industry needs to keep tanks in service, and our answer is TankFast, allowing tanks to return to service faster than ever before while retaining the optimal level of protection,” Buckhurst adds. “We see this a clear win-win for our global customer base within these highly competitive segments–segments where peak efficiency and productivity are absolutely critical to success.”
The system consists of a range of specially tailored products, such as Tankguard SF, allowing for wet-on-wet application, and Tankguard Plus, allowing for up to 50% faster paint application and curing. This results in significantly shorter shutdowns and gets tanks back into service quicker than ever before, according to the company.
“The business case for these products is crystal clear,” says Michelle C. Ystad Eriksen, global marketing manager for the HPI business. “If we consider, for example, a large refinery with a capacity of 400 000 barrels per day–if that has the possibility to return tanks to operation after two days instead of a week, then it can refine an additional 324 million liters of crude oil.”
“It demonstrates that the choice of tank linings isn’t simply a maintenance issue, it’s a core business decision, with real impact on bottom lines,” Eriksen adds. “We’re looking forward to helping our customers realize this potential.”
Source: Jotun, www.jotun.com.