Protoil

tank farm

Protoil is a leading independent storage partner for oils and chemicals. We have a strong customer orientation and provide tailor-made infrastructure. Our focus is on safe, efficient and reliable services in operating our facilities.

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Protoil has been active in tank storage logistics since 2007

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Our vision is to be the preferred partner in energy logistics

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At the tank terminals, Protoil stores and handles nearly 28 different product including crude oil, petroleum products, biofuels, chemicals

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Protoil is not the owner of the goods stored, but merely provides its services in the filed of tank storage logistics

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We are committed to performing all business activities in a safe and efficient manner

INDEPENDENT TANK STORAGE COMPANY

Our clients include private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies, and traders in petroleum products and chemicals.

Chemical Storage

We store chemical products such as methanol, xylene, and styrene are typically stored in smaller tank sizes.

Shipping Terminals

Protoil operates in key locations that are helpful to our customers in South America and around the world.

Oil Storage

Oil products such as crude oil, gasoline, naphtha, diesel, and fuel oil are mainly stored in large-size tanks.

Transport By Truck

With access to a network of fleet partners,we’re positioned to deliver refined products and fuels anywhere in the nation.

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Bulk oil & gas logistics

When it comes to managing the logistics of oil and gas, safety and efficiency are the greatest concerns. We offer comprehensive management concepts and flexible solutions for all kinds of support needed.

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Sustainable solutions

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Competitive pricing

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High quality standards

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Outstanding schedule reliability

terminal and storage

We operate 13 marine terminals in the Caribbean Islands and South America. From Caracas Bay, Port of Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Sint Nicolaas. Bullen Bay located at strategic distribution points for the products we handle and are in close proximity to our customers. Further, the location and composition of our terminals are structured to complement our other businesses and reflect our strategy to provide a broad range of integrated services in the handling and transportation of petroleum products and by-products.

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Terminal and storage assets

We developed these terminal and storage assets by acquiring existing terminal and storage facilities and then customizing and upgrading these facilities as needed to integrate the facilities into their petroleum product and by-product transportation network and to more effectively service customers.

Storage Facilities

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Oil Transportation Terminal

Our expertise extends to oils and chemicals transportation terminals, tank farms and storage facilities. We have expertise designing and building refined product storage and truck loading facilities for selection of clients; and have designed for a variety of products including diesel, gasoline, fuel oil, crude oil, bitumen, additives, and lubricants.

Oil Transportation

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Our Services

Our services include oil and gas processing terminals and trans-loading facilities. We have expertise storing and handling refined oil product, terminals and trans-loading facilities (rail and truck) and have designed for a variety of products:

Oil & Gas Processing Terminals

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Tank farm Terminal Facilities

Inland terminal and tank farm distribution facilities. We provide fully integrated transportation logistics systems that are fit for purpose, and work holistically with both the upstream supply chain as well as the downstream terminal facilities.

Tank Farm Distribution

Transportation & Logistics

Our studies range in complexity from early concept development to detailed feasibility, and are supported by our simulation modelling expertise to optimise the solution to maximise value to the client. 

Tank Farms

Often we develop and operate our business with reputable local, private and state-owned companies, whereby Protoil acts as an operating partner in the joint venture. In developing capital-intensive terminal facilities

Our Values And standards

We believe we can only achieve this by acting according to the Protoil Values and our operational standards. These values and standards embody the behavior that guides our employees in their Everyday work.

LOADING AND UNLOADING PROCESS

Our new handheld applications connect tank terminal operators directly to the terminal management system.
Operations staff can enter information directly into the system while also having access to the most recent information at any time. This makes your loading and unloading processes easier, faster and much safer.

Problem Solving and Decision Making

The storage of oil and gas products is a complex business. At any time, tank storage operators need access to accurate, current information about the facility. Which product will be delivered when by ship or pipeline – and what quantities are leaving the tanks by which mode of transport?
Are the quantities and quality levels right for incoming goods? Are security measures in place, and are safety regulations being followed?

Protoil helps you to achieve operational excellence. We offer the experience, competencies, best-practice processes and solutions for your needs, including:

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Customs and tax handling

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Safety and security measures

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Loading and unloading of oil and chemical products

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All means of transport (ship, truck, railcar, pipeline, tank-to-tank)

health and safety measures

Protoil Tank Farm (PTF) considers the safety and well-being of our employees, clients, and subcontracting partners to be fundamental to our success as a Company. As one of the core values of the Company, the overall Safety objectives, and functions are ultimately established and managed by
the senior management of the Company and consistently implemented across the various sectors.

Protoil Tank Farm is committed to a comprehensive Safety management approach that achieves safe performance through leadership, training, incentives, accountability/measurement, wide-ranging programs, and effective case management. Protoil employs a staff of certified safety professionals that assist operations management with resources, training, planning, implementation, and program management.

In our HSSE Policy, we commit to preventing all accidents, injuries and occupational illness, and to protect the environment. We therefore continually optimize all of our subsidiaries’ activities
with a view to technical, organizational and behavior-based safety and promote a proactive safety culture.

Above-Ground Field-Erected Storage Tanks

Tank Farms - Oil movements

Of course, tank farms must also be safe and environmentally compliant.  It is important to plan feasible movements, line up the piping, and execute the movement without delay or risk of product contamination.  With best practices, the topology of the piping system is precisely known and understood by the tank farm automation system. The status of the piping system, block valves, control valves, and all pumps must be known. Supply chain planning must consider any leaking valves or defective pumps, as well as other simultaneous material movements that could conflict with the lineup path of other movements.

Series of Product Movements

The management of piping flow paths involves booking or reserving pumps, valves, and piping segments for the duration of a movement. Planning a series of product movements can result in many feasible solutions with many simultaneous movement paths. The particular pumps, flowmeters, valves, and pipe segments selected will place limits on the flowrates for feasible paths.  This can be a critical decision that impacts the duration of a movement. 

A Blending Operation

A blending operation, for example, involves lining up multiple rundown tanks to a blend header that flows into a product storage tank.  Selecting a small pump or a small flowmeter for the alkylate blending component might limit the blend rate and extend the time required to fill the product tank. This could impact future oil movements by tying up the needed equipment. This is but one of the many complex situations that can arise for oil movement and storage. Many technology solutions are available for these types of problems. These include the following.

Tank Gauging Systems

Clearly, knowing the inventory in a storage tank farm in real time is a fundamental requirement for effective automation. There are various technologies for level measurement and many will include “strapping tables” used to convert tank level to stored volume using a look-up table. Tanks expand and distort when filled. Temperature compensation is often also needed to ensure accurate volumetric measurements.

Tank gauging options include:

  • Radar/microwave
  • Hydrostatic, D/P head-based level
  • Capacitance
  • Ultrasonic
  • Buoyancy float (servo or tape)
  • Float Inductive
  • Dip tube with gas flow back pressure
  • Level switches (D/P, capacitance, float…)
Tank Information Systems

Tank information systems (TIS) combine tank level/volume information with product quality information that might be computed, measured with analyzers, or determined by periodic sampling with lab analysis.  The TIS could include a graphical user interface and likely provides connectivity to other automation functions.  The TIS provides a useful real-time database to support other tank farm applications.

Oil Tank Storage and Movement

A top-performing oil movement system requires many different functions to work together smoothly.  Compared to typical refinery units, tank farm automation touches more business organizations and requires frequent coordination between the operations group, supply chain and trading group, and refinery scheduling and planning groups.

Installing high-quality (ideally, intelligent) field instrumentation, especially tank gauging, is a good starting point. Since product quality of crude oil impacts refinery operation and finished product quality must meet shipment specifications; high-quality, well-calibrated online and laboratory analyzers are also essential.

Petroleum / Hazardous Liquids Storage Tanks Services

Typical applications include petroleum storage tanks, fuel storage, crude storage, asphalt storage tanks, renewable fuel storage, blending tanks, and storage terminals.

 

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