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PETROLEUM STORAGE TANK – 80% REDUCED ABRASIVE CONSUMPTION

CATLETTSBURG, KENTUCKY, USA

BACKGROUND

It was standard operating procedure in Catlettsburg to schedule a full month to blast and paint any of the facility’s petroleum tanks. Of course, a full month out of service results in a lot of foregone production and revenue.

The facility owner advised that the contractor was using industry standard blasting equipment and medium slag abrasive. The contractor of hired by the refinery over many years. The refinery maintenance team and the contractor trialed a new blasting process using high performance blasting equipment, air dryers, efficient blast pots, new nozzles and a different abrasive called GMA SpeedBlast.

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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

Surprisingly, the blasting was completed within two days. The contractor used 80% less abrasive then previously used— and subsequently produced less waste. The total job cost ended up being 60% below budget.

Test Metrics
SpeedBlast
Slag
Blasting Time
2 days
2 weeks
Abrasive Used
4 Ton
22 Ton
Job Cost
60% less
Normal cost
Total Downtime
2 weeks
1 month

CONCLUSION

Instead of taking an entire month to refinish the facility’s petroleum tanks, our client could have the tanks up and running in less than two weeks. Overhead costs were extremely reduced.

“Downtime immediately halved — the tank was back online and in use twice as fast.” — Maintenance Manager

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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