Out of sight, out of mind. When was the last time that you either thought about the cleanliness of your fuel storage tank or better yet looked inside it? Most people don’t. However, your storage tank(s) is a large investment. The equipment that runs off of the fuel in those tanks is an even larger investment.
To be sure that your fuel is of highest quality when you need it most, trust Fuel Quality Division. We recommend quarterly fuel testing for facilities that store fuel onsite – especially if the fuel is not routinely used such as in generator applications.
Equipment runs best on clean fuel that meets or exceeds required specifications. Most fuel that comes from a pipeline or port supplied terminal is certified to meet certain specifications when it leaves the terminal. However, meeting specifications does not mean that it does not contain levels of contaminants. After fuel leaves the terminal, fuel is transferred into trucks, private bulk plans, back into trucks, and then finally to your tank. Each of these transfers creates the opportunity for potential exposure to additional contamination.
As fuel sits in storage tanks or generator tanks, its quality can diminish over time. Just like many products, fuel has a shelf-life. Condensation, mold, sediment, and other things can accumulate inside storage tanks. Our Fuel Quality Division will identify any problems with the fuel, treat fuel with an additive or stabilizer, and ensure long-term fuel quality. The fact of the matter is that contaminants can enter your tank from a variety of sources. Certain levels of contaminants are accepted from pipelines, refineries, and distributors. However, over time, these small levels of contaminants can lead to big problems – including mold growth.
Call us today to learn how a routine tank cleaning and maintenance program can keep your system like new and prevent a major costly problem.
Why Is It Important?
- Optimize and Maintain Fuel Quality
- Keep Emergency Generators in Peak Condition
- Reduce Engine Maintenance Cost and Increase Fuel Mileage
According to the US Energy Information Administration, the national average retail price of highway diesel fuel was $4.127/gallon on 4/16/12. We all need the most from our fuel, and fuel economy is more important than ever. It is crucial for long term fuel storage and generators for mission-critical environments to maintain fuel quality.
Diesel fuel is naturally unstable. Over time it will form sediments, larger fuel particles, and accumulate water. The quality of your fuel begins to deteriorate in as little as 6 months.
Got a generator?
Clogged filters, smoke and damage to injection systems are often symptoms of less than optimal fuel quality causing engines to be unreliable, smoke, lose power, and ultimately FAIL.
Fuel Maintenance is an important part of periodic generator maintenance programs—just like changing the oil and ensuring the batteries are charged.
- Do you have a “Fuel Maintenance Program” in place?
- Can you afford a clogged filter shutting down your generator?
- When did you last test your fuel or check the tank for water and sediments?
Where do I start?
We offer a multi-tiered approach. There is not one single solution that fits every situation. So Foster Fuels will develop a practical, custom solution for each customer’s needs.
At Foster Fuels, we log millions of miles a year. The fuel quality program is working for us, and we want to share our methods with you!
Some of our Solutions:
- Routine Fuel Sampling
- Chemical Additives
- Polishing and/or Filtering
- Microbial Testing & Treatment
- Vacuum Truck Bottom Removal