Maintaining and Cleaning Oil Storage Tanks
Maintaining and Cleaning Oil Storage Tanks
Maintaining and Cleaning Oil Storage Tanks
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maintaining and Cleaning Oil Storage Tanks

Crude oil sludge consists of 67% Oil, 25% Solids, and 8% Water. This thick substance collects at the bottom of oil tanks in refineries and tank farms, and causes several issues, including discharge line blockages and reduced storage capacity. Regular oil tank cleaning and sludge removal are necessary to maximize storage capacity and prevent blockages and accelerated corrosion.


Each cleaning helps you effectively remove sludge and other oil contaminants, such as:

  • Water
  • Sand and Dirt
  • Salts and Scale
  • Waxes
  • Asphaltene and Inorganic Substances

Why Clean Oil Storage Tanks?

  • Repair Leaks
  • Recover Storage Capacity
  • Eliminate Crude Unit Upsets
  • Floating Roof Seal Replacement
  • Coat the Floor
  • Inspection

Traditional Methods for Tank Cleaning

There are two methods used for industrial tank cleaning:

  • Sludge Removal: Shovel or vacuum truck, front end loader, remote mechanical devices, power spray nozzle
  • Hydrocarbon Recovery: Move to another crude tank, mix with crude in vat, belt press, centrifuge, separation tank

Crude Oil Tank Cleaning Benefits

Crude Oil Storage Tank Sludge Cleaning with JPX vs Competitor

Regular cleaning of refinery tanks and oil storage tanks provides several benefits. You will notice an improved equipment capacity and better hydrocarbon recovery, along with less waste. Lower air emissions and a reduced danger of explosive and toxic vapors also create a safer work environment. Additional benefits of crude oil storage tank cleaning with JPX:

  • Reduce Cleaning Time 
  • Reduce Labor Costs
  • Provide Oil-Free Surfaces and Gas-Free environments ready for entry