Transportation is an essential part of society, regardless of where you live. As such, fuel storage plays a vital role in ensuring the smooth functioning of this sector. Whether it’s transporting goods or people, the transportation industry is dependent on various types of fuels in order to run efficiently. This includes gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and hydrogen. These fuels are stored in different types of containers and transported in various ways. This ensures that they reach their intended destinations safely and efficiently.
Determining the correct storage options
The storage of fuel for transportation must take into account several factors. This includes the type of fuel, the mode of transportation, and the storage conditions. Each fuel has its unique characteristics, and the storage and transportation requirements vary accordingly. If you are going to be storing fuel on your property for transportation uses, you must consult with professionals in the industry so that your storage choices are appropriate.
Gasoline and diesel
Gasoline and diesel are the most commonly used fuels in transportation. It is a highly flammable liquid that must be stored in containers that are designed to prevent leaks and spills. The containers must also be labeled correctly to indicate the type of fuel inside and the associated risks. Diesel, on the other hand, is a less volatile fuel. It can be stored in containers made of plastic or metal.
Natural gas is another fuel that is gaining popularity in the transportation industry. It is stored in containers made of composite materials or steel. The containers must be able to withstand high pressures and temperatures in order to prevent explosions. Natural gas is typically transported in pipelines. However, it can also be transported in specialized tanker trucks where necessary.
Hydrogen is a clean-burning fuel that is gaining traction in the transportation industry. It is stored in high-pressure tanks made of composite materials or metal. As with natural gas, tanks must be able to withstand high pressures and temperatures, so explosions do not occur. Hydrogen is usually transported in tanker trucks, but it can also be transported in pipelines.
Modes of transportation
The mode of transportation also plays a crucial role in storage. For example, fuel for cars and trucks is typically stored in underground tanks at gas stations. These tanks are designed to prevent leaks and spills and are regularly inspected to ensure their safety. Fuel for airplanes, on the other hand, is stored in large tanks inside the wings of the aircraft. These tanks must be able to withstand the stresses of flight and must be designed to prevent leaks and spills.
Railroads are also a common mode of transportation for fuels. Tanker cars are frequently used to transport gasoline, diesel, and other fuels. These cars are designed to be leak-proof, of course. They also must undergo stringent inspections by licensed officials in the industry. In recent years, there have been concerns about the safety of transporting fuels by rail. The increased use of rail transportation for such substances has led to several high-profile accidents. This includes the derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, in 2013, which killed 47 people.
Pipelines are another mode of transportation for fuels. They are a safe and efficient way to transport large quantities of fuel over long distances. Like other storage or modes or transport, they are designed to be spill-proof. However, pipelines can also pose a risk to the environment and local communities if there is indeed a leak or spill. As such, many communities are opposed to pipelines near their homes or properties. They will likely continue to be controversial.
Storage conditions also play a crucial role in fuel storage for transportation. Fuels must be stored in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated area to prevent the buildup of vapors that can cause explosions. The storage area must also be free of ignition sources, such as open flames or electrical sparks. They must also be a designated distance from homes and businesses.
Fuel quality and storage is regulated by various government agencies, including the Canadian Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) in Canada and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States.
Getting the job done right
At Western Oil Services, we’re fuel handling experts and have been for nearly three-quarters of a century. Our products and services are top-notch, and our customer care is renowned in the industry. We can help you determine your fuel storage needs and assist you in choosing storage options that are appropriate for your industry and your individual needs.
For more details or to schedule a consultation, call us at 604-514-4787.