Hurricane Season Tips: Flooded Tank Precautions

June 2, 2009 at 2:55 PMRing Power
Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations that should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations Phoenix Products logothat should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

  • Make sure electrical panels are clean and dry.
  • Check pumps, dispensers, emergency shutoff, panel box, etc. for continuity and shorts.
  • Remove any water in dispenser sumps, pans, tank sumps, etc. Sump water should be removed by an authorized state licensed waste hauler and hauled to an appropriate treatment facility.
  • Handle hazardous waste according to the law (fuel contaminated water or water contaminated fuel).
  • Check tank bottoms for debris and water that may have been caused by surface flooding.
  • If tanks shifted and problems are found, repair them according to manufacturer’s instructions and appropriate industry standards such a NFPA 30, NFPA 30A or NFPA 110.
  • Make sure vents and vapor lines have not moved or cracked.
  • Check vents for blockage and proper operation.
  • Inspect dispenser electronics for evidence of water intrusion.  Use dispenser manufacturer dryout procedures prior to energizing dispensers.
  • Check dispenser filters and submersible check-valve screens for plugging with dirt or debris.
  • Notify authorities if necessary.  DO NOT accept new fuel until system integrity is proven.  In the case of Underground Storage Tanks, DO NOT assume everything is okay because water did not flood over tank area; the water table could have risen and caused problems.
  • If you are storing fuel containing ethanol as an oxygenate or if you are using biodiesel, the presence of water can adversely affect the fuel’s efficacy so testing is absolutely necessary and a complete pump out is probable.

Be prepared for hurricane season; let Phoenix Products assist with any tank inspection, tank repair, or tank ‘return to service’ issues you may encounter. Email phoenix.sales@phoenixprods.com

Phoenix Products specializes in the manufacture of generator set enclosures, fuel storage tanks, electrical control panels and insulation blankets for exhaust systems, as well as metal stairs and platforms. Their headquarters reside in Jacksonville, Florida with  offices in Oakdale, California.

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Phoenix Products Shares Fuel Storage Tank Common Sense

April 10, 2009 at 10:52 AMRing Power
Things to keep in mind when choosing an on-site fuel storage tank.

Phoenix Products, a division of Ring Power Corporation, has some advice for businesses that require on-site fuel storage. Because many companies build aboveground fuel storage tanks,
it is a competitive market. With so many options available for on-site fuel storage tanks, how do you choose?

Common sense says that you should obtain the highest rated tank you can afford. When selecting an aboveground storage tank (AST), ask your insurance company for input because they have an interest in minimizing your liability. Then, contact the local authority having jurisdiction (typically the fire marshal). They will not make specific manufacturer recommendations, but can give specific guidance. Always take a good look at the manufacturer. Even though they may offer an extended warranty of 20 or 30 years, that warranty will be worthless if the manufacturer goes out of business before then. And understand: Just because you may be allowed to install a UL142 tank instead of a UL2085 tank, the savings generated from such a decision won’t begin to pay for the cost of a cleanup. And finally, make sure that you obtain all of the proper approvals, and that you prepare and implement a Spill Prevention and Countermeasures (SPCC) plan as required. Failure to prepare an SPCC plan violates federal SPCC regulations (40 CFR Part 112.3[b]) and could cost your business tens of thousands of hard-earned dollars!

Phoenix Products, a division of Ring Power Corporation, is a leading manufacturer of fueling systems for the reciprocating engine power generation industry. Few companies have more experience designing integrated fuel systems and packaging generator sets, whether for standby power, prime power or peak shaving power applications. For more information about Phoenix Products generator set enclosures, fuel tanks and petroleum recycling services, visit www.phoenixprods.com.

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Fuel Tank Cleaning - Refinery Fresh

February 25, 2009 at 10:54 AMRing Power
Diesel fuel tank cleaning

A fuel filtration system can get your existing fuel back to refinery fresh standards while reducing the chances of an emergency power failure. Phoenix Products' Fuel Recycling Service utlizes a fuel cleaning process involving a continuous sweeping motion along the bottom of the fuel tank or diesel tank; circulating fuel through a closed loop sample of cleaned fuel5-stage filtration system. Fuel is run through a closed loop filter circulating system consisting of three 1-micron bag filters, a 0.5-micron canister filter, oil and water separation through coalescing unit and two water absorption filters and return fuel to the tank.

Scheduled fuel maintenance and testing help to reduce or nearly eliminate fuel contamination. Fuel maintenance filtration removes contaminants and water and returns fuel to conditions where it will provide reliability and efficiency for standby generators when called upon in emergency conditions. Fuel maintenance and testing should begin the day of installation and first fill to establish a benchmark guideline for further comparison. Fuel monitoring and testing services are available nationwide from many different companies.

OUR GOAL
To satisfy all state and federal requirements for Emergency Power Systems and to create a successful fuel management program by providing preventative maintenance.
• Inspect/audit of fuel, fuel tank and equipment
• In-tank visual audit & ASTM Clear & Bright test (samples)
• Service all AST, UST, Sub-Base Tanks, Day Tanks
• Service and maintain gauges & tank monitoring equipment
• Third party lab analysis upon request
• Fuel treatment/stabilizer/inhibitor

Phoenix Products' Petroleum Recycling Service Fuel Quality Assurance Program is a comprehensive, progressive program for the prevention of costly equipment failure and is completed with no interruption of system operation. Contact Phoenix Products and talk to a representative on how we can bring confidence in your system with fuel cleaning, fuel filtration, and fuel tank cleaning.

Ring Power Acquires Assets of PGEI

September 16, 2008 at 3:56 PMRing Power

Phoenix Products, a division of Ring Power Corporation, announces the acquisition of the assets of the former Power Generation and Engineering, Inc. (PGEI) located in Oakdale, California.

Bruce Pierce, Phoenix Products manufacturing engineer, will transfer from the Phoenix division headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla. to manage the staff at the existing production facility located at 736 Wakefield Court in Oakdale, California. Phoenix Products will continue to provide the quality products and services that West Coast customers have come to expect, and will leverage the skills and capabilities of the former PGEI employees to ensure this goal.

“PGEI has been a supplier of high quality generator enclosures and fuel systems for many years,” said Robert Lytle, Phoenix Products assistant vice-president and general manager. “This acquisition provides us with an excellent base of operations from which to expand our product and service offerings to satisfy the requirements of West Coast providers and users of emergency power generating systems.”

Ring Power Corporation and the Phoenix Products division will work with all current West Coast customers to meet existing and ongoing project requirements in a timely, cost effective manner, with an eye to developing mutually beneficial business relationships for the future.

 

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