The Scope of the Project
The client: Repsol Italy
The scope of the project was to remove all residuals and sludge from the underground fuel storage tanks while keeping the gas station partially operational. Furthermore, the customer, highly focused on safety, requested to reduce the risk for technicians by using our remote underground storage tank cleaning robot TCR® 15. The requested result was to provide a safe and environmentally friendly procedure to reach degreased and clean tank surfaces.
This request was the pilot project for the underground tank washing robot TCR® 15 and as every first project, several new difficulties could come up. Furthermore, it was for the customers importance to keep the gas station partially operational so the organization and planning was of utmost importance to execute this task hassle-free while keeping the project completion time as low as possible.
Together with the client Wolftank Adisa technicians developed a detailed tank operation plan with a time schedule witch they focused on. Therefore, the technicians could focus on the final result. Giving the fact that the TCR® 15 is completely ATEX Zone 0 certified and has a mounted camera connected to a remote display, the operators were able to follow the fuel tank washing process live within a safe area and if necessary, immediately optimize the cleaning process.
The standard tank cleaning robot with his spraying nozzles and rotating arm removed any sludge from the tank wall with up to 200 bar water pressure. The installed suction unit, connected to a standard tank cleaning truck, immediately removed the loosen sludge from the bottom of the fuel tank, all fully remotely and within one single process.
Since the Wolftank Adisa technicians were trained properly, all 5 fuel tanks were successfully degreased at a glance. In the end more than ready to get to get operational again. The customer and technicians were satisfied with the pilot project outcome: Remote cleaned underground fuel storage with no man entry and maximum safety.
The pilot project was a big success for Wolftank Adisa and their innovative underground fuel tank cleaning robot TCR® 15.