2003 and On-Going
A number of floating tank roofs at BP Kinneil, Finnart and Dalmeny have been refurbished since 2003 utilizing Chemco’s unique coating solution. This case study will focus on a 4,000m² floating tank roof at BP Kinneil which required a complete refurbishment. This project was carried out by Hertel.
The wintry condition of low temperatures, high humidity and showers made these projects a difficult job for the originally specified 3-coat epoxy paint system. A work package of 24 days had been allowed to complete the project.
Following many other successful applications by the site contractor, Epo-chem™ RL 500PF was put forward as an alternative and accepted by the BP project team. The tank roof was high pressure washed to remove salt deposits and other contaminants, and the areas of heavy corrosion were spot blasted or mechanically prepared down to metal. Spot blasted areas were coated with 1 coat of Epo-chem™ RL 500PF @ 6 mils DFT. Standing water was removed by brush or squeegee and 2 full coats of Epo-chem™ RL 500PF @ 6 mils was applied overall by brush roller or spray.
During the contract, the freshly coated areas experienced many occasions of heavy rain and many puddles of cold water forming within hours of application. The Epo-chem™ RL 500PF was left untouched to cure underwater without the necessity of ANY remedial work and Chemco guarantee was issued, despite the curing condition. This is unique and unheard of in the history of UK tank roof applications. The planned 24 day program was completed in 12 days, offering a huge cost savings as compared to the usual delays due to bad weather. Since the successful completion of this contract, the material has been specified for a number of other tank roofs, tank externals and pipe work in Grangemouth, Dalmeny, Finnart and Kinneil, all with complete success.
- Surface preparation flexibility
- No delays due to adverse weather conditions
- Applicable to wet and rusty surface
- Can be applied in any environmental condition
- Significantly reduced downtime
- Long-term guarantee
- Substantial time and cost savings