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CRUDE OIL TANK STORAGE – 60% GREATER PRODUCTIVITY WITH GMA TOUGHBLAST

TAFT, CALIFORNIA, USA

“It was a tough-as-nails millscale, but when we hit it with Garnet — it came off like butter.”

—Arturo, Project Foreman

BACKGROUND

Tasked with blasting a new crude oil tank, our client experienced a myriad of difficulties. The tank alone was 46ft in diameter and 21ft high with extreme milscale on it.

Crude Oil Storage Tanks

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Achieve specified surface cleanliness and roughness standards

  • Increase productivity without increasing labor costs

  • Ability to complete original project deadlines on-time

  • Generate considerable savings in production costs

  • Increase production capacity

  • Reduce abrasive consumption

RESULTS

The client first started off with KleenBlast 36 mesh slag on the underside of the roof. Which is the 46 diameter, and about 3 1/2 feet down the sides – 2,200 sqft. They used 12 – two ton bags of slag. And the blasting took them four days with two blasters.

Next we tested GX2, achieving a 3 ½ mil profile. They did 10 1/2 feet up the side of the tank all the way around out the inside of the tank – 1,500sqft using less than 3 bags. Blasting in one day with two blasters.

Test Metrics
GMA ToughBlast
Slag
Abrasive Used
4,400 lbs
48,000 lbs
Area Blasted
1,500 sqft
2,200 sqft
Hours Blasted
16 hrs
64 hrs
Blasting Production Rate
93.8 ft2/hr
34.4 ft2/hr
Abrasive Consumption
2.8 lbs/ft2
21.8 lbs/ft2

CONCLUSION

By switching to GMA ToughBlast, our client used 10 times less abrasive and achieved 60% greater productivity. Labor in hours blasted was also reduced from four days to one days, without increasing staffing.

“We started off this project using a 35 mesh slag, blasting the underside of the roof and three-and-a-half feet down the sides,” Arturo, the project Foreman said. Blasting this 2,200 square feet roof, this contractor had taken four days with two men, and used 24 ton of slag. It only took my two men one day to blast completely around the tank, 1,500 square feet — using only two ton of abrasive. Needless to say, we ordered Garnet to finish the rest of the tank.”

—Arturo, Project Foreman

EXPERIENCE THE BENEFITS

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HIGH PRODUCTIVITY

Superior cleaning rate against other abrasives.

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COST EFFECTIVE

Lower garnet usage, labor, clean up and disposal cost.

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SAFER TO USE

Meets industry, government and environmental safety standards.

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