Whether your tank is a 20,000,000 litre bulk fuel storage tank requiring Ultra High Pressure Water Jetting or a 2,000 litre domestic heating fuel tank we can help out with the cleaning and maintenance works required.
What We Do
Whether your tank is a 20,000,000 litre bulk fuel storage tank or a 2,000 litre domestic heating fuel tank we can help out with the cleaning and maintenance works required. In some cases the tanks, associated pipelines and pumps are cleaned to allow a change of product storage so the new product is not contaminated with previous products or sludges which are left in the tanks. In other cases the tanks are cleaned to allow safe dismantling of the structures, this eliminates the risk of explosion, fire or increasingly in these more environmentally aware times ecological pollution of the surrounding area.
Changes to Red Diesel Regulations - Are you Ready?
At Budget 2020, the government announced it was removing the entitlement to use red diesel and rebated biodiesel from most sectors from April 2022 to help meet its climate change and air quality targets.
This significant change will affect all sectors except for agriculture (as well as horticulture, forestry and fish farming), rail and non-commercial heating.
What does this mean for affected sectors?
If your business operates in one of the many affected sectors (including construction, manufacturing and certain transport and logistics uses), you’ll need to get ready now for the upcoming changes by:
> Planning how you’ll replace your red diesel with an alternative fuel option
> Running down your existing red diesel stock before 1st April 2022 (there will be no grace period thereafter)
> Cleaning your red diesel tank – you’ll need to flush out the tank and supply lines until no trace of marked rebated fuel remains. This will help to ensure compliance and minimise the risk that your new fuel is contaminated with the red diesel marker.
For further information, read our latest news on Red Diesel Reform
Anaerobic Digester Tank Cleaning
Widely used for industrial purposes to produce biogas as a renewable energy source, anaerobic digestion (AD) is the breakdown of organic material by micro-organisms in the absence of oxygen.
Over time, and no matter how advanced your digester is, unwanted material such as dirt, grit, and debris will build-up in the digester tank. This build-up can significantly reduce tank performance and biogas yield. Regular and professional cleaning of your digester tank is required to increase its efficiency and the quantity of energy generated.
At Merkland Tank, we are experienced in the specialist cleaning of AD tanks, using the latest technology. Our professional and highly skilled teams are fully trained for working in high-risk confined spaces and follow the strictest safety protocols at all times to carry out a thorough clean, with minimal downtime.
As with all works, we efficiently remove the waste and dispose of it correctly at approved disposal sites, giving you total peace-of-mind that your waste is being handled both legally and with minimal environmental impact.
Ultra-High Pressure (UHP) Water Jetting
Merkland Tank offers an Ultra-High Pressure (UHP) Water Jetting service with pressure up to 40,000 psi.
Our UHP jetting solutions are ideally suited for the cleaning and removal of coatings, surface preparation and removal of outer stubborn surfaces without damaging the structure itself.
In comparison to High-Pressure (HP) water jetting or other manual methods, UHP significantly reduces cleaning downtime, making it an effective and efficient solution.
Our experienced team of technicians assess each job individually to ensure all works are carried out safely and to the highest of standards. All personnel are fully trained for confined space work and rescue, enabling them to carry out blasting of heat exchanger units, storage tanks, towers, vessel, pipeline and sewers.
Typical Ultra-High Pressure Water Jetting applications:
> Cleaning of tanks, reactors, vessels, pipelines, tubes and sewers
> Removal of concrete, paint and coatings
> Preparation of metal surfaces prior to painting.
Bitumen Tank Cleaning
Merkland Tank are experts in the safe, efficient and environmentally-friendly removal of build-up from bitumen tanks, particularly within the aggregate industry.
Our highly experienced team of specialist technicians use a range of mechanical tools to manually remove build-up of bitumen deposits within the tanks.
This regular tank cleaning maintenance regime can dramatically improve efficiency, as build-up can compromise the storage capacity of the tank.
All our technicians are also fully trained for confined space work and rescue, manual handling procedures and HAVS awareness (hand-arm vibration syndrome).
Confined Space Entry Tank Cleaning Technology
During these challenging times we recognise that we must adopt new ways of working to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 and keep our staff and customers safe at all times. In direct response to the current situation, we are pleased to introduce the use of tank cleaning technology – robots.
These state-of-the-art hydroblasting robots reduce the number of cleaning technicians to be present within the tank during the cleaning process. Once installed, the robot can be remotely controlled by just one operator, safely from the ground, with no need for scaffolding or alternative specialist access equipment.
Powerful magnets attach the robot to the steel surface, allowing it to operate on vertical, horizontal and overhead steel surfaces, while the closed vacuum system extracts all fuel / oil / sludge to keep your site clean and reduce environmental impact.
> Reduces the number of personnel required on site
> Reduces time on site
> Reduces environmental impact
> Removes surface scale and prepares tank to SA2 standard.
To watch our demo video, click here.
Health & Safety
Health and safety is a key priority at Merkland Tank.
Due to the very nature of our business, there can be a number of hazards and risk associated with the work we carry out. We manage these by carrying out a thorough risk assessment of the job, by adhering to current health and safety regulations at all times, and by ensuring our workforce are fully trained in safe working practices.
We aim to eliminate any hazards prior to carrying out any confined space entry and, where configurations allow (usually in smaller diameter tanks with light contamination where the most common method is hot or cold spinning water jet cleaning), we would look to carry out the works without entering the tank.
While carrying out our works we ensure at all times that we employ the correct safety standards for the tank configuration, location and products stored. For example, an apparent ‘simple’ water tank can have inherent risk due to its underground location, creating a difficult safety escape system, or in cases where the tanks have rusting steel visible, there can be a lack of oxygen present.
The more obviously hazardous tanks are those containing volatile fuels, which can require heating to remove product such as Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO). The heating itself creates hazardous gases which have to be vented safely outwith the area of work. Lighter petroleum products such as Aviation Fuel and Petrol involve a high degree of personal protective equipment (PPE) to be worn by our operatives to ensure safe working conditions for them and the rest of our team.