INDEPENDENT TANK STORAGE COMPANY
Our clients include private and state oil companies, refiners, petrochemical companies, and traders in petroleum products and chemicals.
We store chemical products such as methanol, xylene, and styrene are typically stored in smaller tank sizes.
Protoil operates in key locations that are helpful to our customers in South America and around the world.
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.
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.
High quality standards
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Customs and tax handling
Safety and security measures
Loading and unloading of oil and chemical products
All means of transport (ship, truck, railcar, pipeline, tank-to-tank)
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:
- Hydrostatic, D/P head-based level
- 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.