2018, Rural Bulk Fuel Facility Upgrade
Integrity was contracted by the joint owners of an extremely remote rural facility to assess the condition of the infrastructure and to assess regulatory compliance with applicable plans and permits in place. Integrity’s final analysis report guided a targeted $475,000 engineering improvement project that repaired four of the six horizontal fuel storage tanks to STI SP001 standards, replacement of all water draw nozzles, piping and pumps, replacement of the dispensing mechanism, and added considerations for safety, building, and fire codes. Integrity partnered with both the design engineering team and the mechanical repair team and gave significant input into the design and repair options considered. All permits and plans were updated to streamline record keeping and reporting requirements and all on-site personnel received quality training in record keeping, annual maintenance requirements, and general housekeeping and inspection checklists.
Integrity’s strong communication skills and network with local, state, and federal regulators ensured that compliance was achieved at this facility with no loss of integrity, no notices of violation, and in partnership with the local community. This project resulted in the extension of the facility life to over 20 years, improved safety for facility personnel and community members utilizing the card lock station, significantly reduced risk exposure for the owners, and increased fuel storage capacity for the community.
Of note in this project was the cost savings for rehabilitating and repairing tanks rather than replacing them, and the use of a phased repair schedule to ensure ullage was available around the limited barge delivery schedule available in this remote location. It is estimated that this approach saved the clients $725,000 by avoiding a complete facility replacement.
2017 - Present, On-going Contracted Inspection Program
Integrity manages a cost effective and efficient annual tank inspection program for a company with multiple facility locations across South East and South Central Alaska. This program manages the inspections for hundreds of field constructed and shop-built tanks. Integrity provides historic inspection auditing, develops an annual inspection plan, and performs all API 653 internal and external inspections, STI SP001 inspections, API 570 piping inspections, and annual cathodic protection system surveys. Because our lead inspector is on-site for all inspections, Integrity also performs NDE services on areas of concern, identifies potential problems early, and partners with local contractors to provide tank, pipeline and containment repairs. This program has resulted in the elimination of late or missed inspections, saved the client money by planning ahead for cost savings, and strengthened the client’s relationships with the State of Alaska and federal regulatory agencies as well written and easy to read reports are delivered on-time year after year.