The Changing Gas Station Industry: Wolftank Adisa’s Response

The changes the gas station industry face in times of new alternative fuels, aging assets, and aggressive fuel corrosive, require innovative solutions to preserve the asset values. Wolftank Adisa is focused on providing solutions to rehabilitate underground storage tanks, pipes, and sumps effectively. Recent approaches allow making such technologies accessible in any country without interrupting the stations’ operation while making a sustainable investment.

Over the last decades, fuels for mobility did not significantly change and consisted more or less in diesel and gasoline. Recent tendencies led to two new main challenges:

  • New energy sources, such as electric energy, Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) and Hydrogen
  • Bio-additives or biofuels

Both are resources which existing storage tanks need to be prepared for in order that gas stations stay competitive. While the increasing demand for alternative fuels is forcing the gas station industry to adapt or rehabilitate their current underground storage tanks, many of them are continuing to age. Underground storage tank upgrades with Wolftank Adisa technologies allow preserving the assets long-term value while being suitable for alternative fuels.

Rehabilitate instead of rebuild in times of decreasing fuel consumption

The increasing demand of alternative fuels and improving engine technologies lead to an overall decrease in diesel and gasoline consumption. Storage space, however, is necessary also for alternative fuels and so the demand to preserve the tanks, sumps, and pipes against aging and corrosion keeps unchanged.

Statistic of European LNG imports from the last 10 years
Statistic of European Biofuel consumpton in the last 10 years

While in the past one of the main reasons for a tank substitution was the demand to increase the storage capacity of gas stations, nowadays due to the changing market, increasing the storage capacity is no longer in focus. Slowly but surely, retail networks of every scale require to amplify their traditional fuel sale business to the demand for alternative fuels, such as LNG or Hydrogen.

Furthermore, legal regulations for biofuel additions such as Methanol and Ethanol require high performance lining systems, which are able to sustain aggressive storage liquids and provide long-term protection.

Applied EPOFLEX 6N Lining System in Underground Storage Tank
Applied EPOFLEX® 6N on Underground Tank Surface

Wolftank Adisa’s product portfolio includes various lining systems suitable for those new demands and allows to preserve the existing assets while keeping them profitable over time. The constant effort in research, development and process-optimization, make Wolftank Adisa technologies not only accessible for big retail nets, but also for small-scale networks with a significantly lower budget. With the challenge in mind to make biofuel or alternative energy storage accessible to even smaller retail nets, Wolftank Adisa plays a significant role in the global tank rehabilitation and retrofitting of fossil and alternative fuel storage.

Underground storage tanks ready for long term sales

Adisa Gas Station Industry Key Values

Modern, alternative fuels behave more corrosive to steel and fibreglass tanks than traditional fuels. Tank and sump lining technologies, as well as a simple local hole repair executed in time, prevent heavy corrosion and preserve tanks against future corrosive damage.

However, storing alternative fuels and avoiding small investments, such as repairing a local crack with the Wolftank Adisa Hole Repair Kit or rehabilitating storage tanks with the DOPA® technology, can lead to spills or in worst case even to a complete shutdown of the business operation. Within shortest time, the damage of a gas stations’ business can drastically increase from a few liters less sold to no sales at all. Undoubtedly affecting the financial turnover, but also the whole surrounding environment and lead into even higher costs and potential legal consequences.  

The widespread availability of such high-performance technologies is of big advantage for the whole gas station industry. Moreover, also playing an important role in maintaining our planet earth in a natural healthy state, avoiding every type of soil contamination in the underground storage business segment in the best possible way.

In case a soil contamination already occurred or is even just suspected, the global and highly specialized network of the Wolftank-Adisa Group (Wolftank-Adisa Group Website) which Wolftank Adisa is part of, possess market-leading possibilities and technologies to analyze and completely restore the healthy state of the surrounding area. Afterwards, Wolftank Adisa linings, coatings or sump sealings make sure such soil contamination is not happening again. Linings, such as EPOFLEX® 6N or EPOFLEX®3 are suitable for a broad variety of aggressive storage liquids. EPOFLEX® 6N even for pure Ethanol, while EPOFLEX® 3 is best-performing for Methanol storage (read more about it here).

Feel free to get in contact with Wolftank Adisa anytime for further information.

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