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Bitumen Storage Facility

Western Australia

OVERVIEW

Our client specialises in the supply, transport and application of bitumen throughout Western Australia. Our client has been part of some of WA’s largest infrastructure developments, such as Northlink.

THE CHALLENGE

Our client approached BON to assist with undertaking a viability study of deconstructing a storage facility located in South Australia, with the intention of transporting it to another premises in Western Australia where it would be reconstructed and adjusted to achieve fit-for-purpose requirements.

Bitumen storage is complex and with stringent safety protocols which must be adhered to . The potential dangers and ongoing ramifications of a spill or overflow represented a significant threat to people. For this reason, designing a system that would adequately mitigate any risks was critical to this project.

THE SOLUTION

This project required the ability to see around corners and prevent possible issues. Bitutek relied on our knowledge to determine the viability of equipment of significant value. This involved reverse engineering the design of a number of systems to meet all requirements.

The safety requirements of this project added further complexity to the design. To overcome this challenge, BON incorporated a VEGA ultrasonic system. VEGA is the leader in non-contact ultrasonic level measurement systems, which was installed on this project to monitor tank volumes and provide optimum safety benchmarks.

Mitigation of excessive loading on Bitutek’s existing electrical installation was essential, so soft starters were utilised to alleviate excessive start uploading. Loading demands were controlled in consideration of peak and off-peak meter rates.

THE OUTCOME

Our client was able to successfully transport the storage facility interstate and get it up and running in the new WA location. Importantly, Bitutek can be confident that the storage facility meets the highest possible safety standards, ensuring its people are protected.

BON continue to service this client to the current day with their ongoing preventative and reactive maintenance needs.

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