Do you have a project that requires fuel supply for back-up power?
Read on about how to follow industry best practices for storing fuel in buildings...
What does that mean for your project? It means that continuous power is a reality, whether it be for a critical industries such as healthcare, telecommunications, or data centres, even defence, government or aviation, we have the solution. The SuperVault tank has proven time and time again that it offers undisputed benefits over a fire rated room and going underground, namely:Saves space, construction time, and building cost
Provides cleaner fuel for critical round-the-clock supply
Critical environmental security long-term
Simplicity of specifying, installing and complying
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Let's see some critical installations that have taken place of the SuperVault 4-hour Fire Rated Fuel Tank across Australia, New Zealand & Overseas
Fuelchief supplied a SuperVault Rectangular 2,000L tank to the Australian Corrections Department – Cessnock Prison in NSW. The tank is located inside the services room next to the generator.
Scott Base Antarctica
2001 was the commissioning year for the SuperVault to enter the harsh environment of Antarctica. Several tanks were installed to fuel generators/equipment at the base.
Compliance Certificate For The SuperVault Fire Rated Tank Can Be Downloaded Here
The compliance certificate for the SuperVault tank was issued by the Southwest Research institute where the multi hazard testing was exercised.
The Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is a not-for-profit organisation based in San Antonio Texas who provide independent services to government and industry clients.
They push the boundaries of science and technology; from deep sea to deep space, SwRI multidisciplinary teams tackle the toughest challenges, such as that of multi-hazard testing of our environmentally compliant SuperVault.The SuperVault tank meets the standard for protected tanks certification, this includes SwRI 95-03, SwRI 93-01, SwRI 97-04. An explanation of these is available in the download.
What is Multi Hazard Testing? And Why Is It Important For Above Ground Fuel Tanks?
The fuel tank storage industry is constantly challenged with increasingly stringent fire and impact exposure requirements for above ground storage tanks. At Fuelchief (and our former company Advanced Fuel Tanks), we have collaborated for decades with the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in San Antonio Texas who are a key body in performance testing above ground fuel tanks. As part of this process our 4-hour fire rated SuperVault was put under the spotlight to be scrutinized and see if it lived up to its expectations. These tests are carried out by certified and experienced members of SwRI who document the results of each test. Ongoing; the SuperVault is audited to ensure these compliances are regularly upheld.
Our SuperVault above ground fuel tank compliance is conducted by the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). SwRI is responsible for having developed a performance evaluation procedure for above ground tanks to address the concerns of fire marshals and regulatory authorities across the US and beyond. SwRI procedure 93-01 exposes tanks to high-intensity fires, hose stream tests, ballistics and simulated impact tests. The procedure determines if the above ground fuel storage tank meets the requirements established by the following specifications listed below:
- Uniform Fire Code (UFC) Appendix Standard A-II-F-I
- Underwriters Laboratories (UL2085)
- National Fire Protection Association (NFPA30A) or;
- Underwriters Laboratories of Canada ULC/ORD-C142
Image: The testing facility in San Antonio Texas where the SuperVault fuel tank was exposed to its multi hazard test.
The SuperVault Has Been Multi Hazard Approved To The Highest Global Standards
The test is conducted in testing facility at SwRI. These are discussed briefly below. The result of this test means the SuperVault not only meets health and safety standards, but also fire rated and environmental.
The first step in the multi hazard testing for the SuperVault tank was:
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Hazard Test 2
Hose Stream Test
After the High Intensity Fire Exposure test the tank moves onto stage two which is the Post-Fire Hose Stream Resistance Test. Here the controlled tank was subjected to the cooling, erosive and impact forces of the hose stream.
Hazard Test 3 Projectile Test
Next up is a projectile test which involves 5 x rounds of 150 grain M-2 ball ammunition (823 meters/sec) fired at the test tank.
Hazard Test 4 Battering Ram Test
The final test is the Heavy Vehicle Impact Test, whereby the tank (according to SwRI 93-01 and SwRI 95-03) is to withstand the impact of a 5,443kg battering ram, simulating a vehicle impact at 10mph.
....The Final Test....The Tank Is Subjected To An Additional
2 Hour Fire Test
In this additional test, the tank is then given a fire rating level of 240/240/240 which is in accordance with AS1940. The additional exposure of the tank ensures that it can be re-used after an event (such as earthquake, fire, impact and the like).
The additional exposure of the tank ensure that it can be re-certified and re-used after an event, unlike any other tank in the market that will need to be removed from operation.
Installing the SuperVault.
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Downers Bitumen Plant
As part of the Downers bitumen plant upgrade in Port Whangarei, a 5,000L SuperVault was implemented to replace a non-compliant fuel tank.
Nelson Wastewater Treatment Plant
Due to the compact requirements 2 x SuperVault tanks were constructed to support onsite generators for Nelson City Council.
Spark Data Centre
2 x SuperVault 25,000L fuel tanks were implemented into the brand new Spark data centre in Takanini, New Zealand.
The type and method of building varies from project to project, however in a like for like comparison we estimate savings of up to 25% can be achieve by installing a SuperVault tank vs a fire rated room or underground tank. These savings are increased if you consider the time and cost saving to the builder, the reduced ongoing maintenance and servicing costs, and the potential to save square meters for the client to divert into revenue such as a car park. Sound financial reasons to opt for the SuperVault in your project. Check out our whitepaper for review of this.
Fuelchief aim to make it as easy as possible. We work with all stakeholders including developers, tenants, consultants, architects, contractors, and installers to outline the best size and solution. We have sizing tools, CAD files and specification templates to save time when you are specifying Supervault into your project or premise.
Yes the SuperVault can be and offers distinct advantages in an outside installation. It is protected with a +15 year 3 coat paint system, and carries a 30 year manufacturer’s warranty. The advantages are twofold: firstly, it reduces the hazardous zone required around the fuel storage by half (allowing closer placement to buildings and public places), and secondly, it carries a multi-hazard certification including an impact rating, allowing it to be installed cost effectively without the requirement for expensive armco barriers.
A Grade A office building is one that ‘overwhelmingly meets the stated criteria’ of the publication A Guide To Office Building Quality released by The Property Council of Australia (PCA). Under this guide, a PCA Grade A office building requires 12 hours of back-up power supply. Our SuperVault tanks offer critical benefits when it comes to the design and ongoing maintenance in an innovative building project.
In comparison to any other fuel tank, relocating a Supervault is a no-brainer. An underground tank would need de-gassing, filled with an inert substance and certifying as ‘out of service’, while the SuperVault can be easily be decommissioned and set up elsewhere due to its certification and multi-hazard rating. What makes it even more attractive is that a SuperVault does not require an expensive demolition of the fire-rated room that would normally surround a standard aboveground tank.
AS1170 is the Standard relating to seismic and wind loadings on buildings and structures. It is in 5 parts and outlines the design requirements and loadings on Structures due to actions of wind, snow & ice, earthquakes in Australia, and earthquakes in New Zealand. In Australia, the wind loadings apply to regions susceptible to cyclones etc. The hazard zones for earthquakes will also apply and come into force in some areas. In relation to fuel tanks, Engineers will consider the way they are fixed to their foundations under certain loads, and this is especially important when they are part of a bigger system such as a burner or critical back-up generator. The Standard applies an ‘Importance Level’ rating from IL1 to IL5 depending on the hazard factor of the location, and the type of structure, e.g. hospitals.