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Fuel Terminal Tank Clean Case Study

The Task

In May 2022 a major client of ours contacted us to uplift and transfer over 600,000 litres of kerosene from an 18 million litre storage tank.

Included within this project our team also undertook a man entry tank clean to remove all traces of sludge and contaminates before jet washing, ragging dry and draining back all the associated pipework. All waste was disposed of appropriately via a licensed facility.


Round 18 million litre kerosine tank being cleaned by our LCM Environmental team

Did You Know?

Kerosene is a combustible hydrocarbon fuel oil known by many names, such as Heating oil, boiler oil, kerosine, lamp oil and paraffin – all of which refer to the same product. It’s frequently used for heating, cooking, transportation, and a higher grade of it serves the aviation as jet fuel.


When left unchecked for long periods of time, kerosene can become contaminated with water particles and microbial growth, just like other types of liquid fuel stored in large tanks.


Spoiled kerosene can cause damage to your heating system, which can lead to an increase in expenses due to boiler repairs or replacing your entire system. You will burn less fuel with a cleaner system and massively decrease the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.  

Luckily, our client placed their trust in our years of expertise with maintaining their kerosene tank and ensuring it is kept safely within specification.

Regular tank maintenance is essential at terminal sites due to the sheer volume of product stored. If a storage vessel with tens of thousands of litres fuel is contaminated, it could result in significant financial damages. Our client has always kept on top of their fuel and tank maintenance, and our team is regularly at their disposal when they require our services for fuel or tank environment servicing.

Scope of Works

A 6-day project due to the significant size of the tank, our team arrived on site to perform a site audit and outline the scope of work required.

At this terminal site, due to their significant security and health and safety measures, we obtained a special permit to conduct a case study and take photographs.

Arriving on site, the 18 million litre kerosene tank looked substantial compared to all its surroundings…skyscrapers in the distance suddenly seemed not so tall.

Our team uplifted 600,000 litres of kerosene from a single tank at the fuel terminal via our ADR Rated vacuum tankers and transferred to another tank for safe storage.

All pipework was drained, yielding approximately 15,000 litres of additional kerosene per pipework run. A man entry tank clean was performed on the 36 metres diameter tank, then jet washed, and rag dried.

Whilst our team was on site, they were asked to complete another man entry clean of a smaller gas oil holding tank. Due to the efficiency of our operatives, they were able to not only safely complete the main scope of works ahead of schedule but also undertake this additional task for the client.

The Challenge

The challenge of the job came from the sheer volume of fuel that required transferring, remarkable dimensions of the kerosene tank, the tightened security measures at the fuel terminal and the tight timescale our team had to perform under, as well as the extensive health and safety measures taken to ensure everyone’s wellbeing.

The Outcome

Our client was left with a dry, clean and contaminate free 18 million litre storage tank ready to be re-fuelled. We have scheduled in another tank clean for the additional kerosene tank for later in the summer and will complete this similar job to the same excellent standards.