Fuel tank cleaning

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This week at Casey: 10 January 2014

One of the major summer projects for the infrastructure team is essential work on the station fuel storage facility. Much of the work relates to replacing the drain valves on all the fuel tanks and the fuel lines on the station and upgrading the pump sets. With the new work partly completed cleaning of the fuel tanks had become a priority.

Casey has eleven 90000 litre tanks and at the end of the season most of that fuel has been used presenting the perfect opportunity to clean the tanks. Normally one or two tanks are attempted each season but on this occasion the team attempted to clean as many as possible finally ending up with a total of nine out of eleven cleaned over the two days operation.

Cleaning the tanks is not a straight forward operation requiring confined space entry, managing a hazardous environment and working at heights. With every safety box ticked the task proceeded without incident and was a credit to all involved. Getting into a fuel tank and scrubbing it down isn’t for everyone so special thanks go to Dave G who volunteered for the job, Michael B, Dan J, Joe B and Steve M who assisted.

An expeditioner monitors the fuel tank cleaning from above the tank
Fuel tank cleaning

(Photo: Joe Briguglio)

An expeditioners checks a tank level from above with a dip stick
Checking tank levels

(Photo: Lachlan Mason)

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