Why condemn your damaged underground tank when fiberglass technology can bring it back to life or even make it better than a new tank?
Since its introduction in the 1960s, fiberglass underground tanks have rapidly grown in popularity. It was becoming clear that rusting steel tanks were leaking and creating serious environmental damage. Therefore, the initial focus of fiberglass manufacturers was to design storage vessels that weren’t vulnerable to the effects of external corrosion. Throughout the 1980s, major oil companies abroad and other large fuel marketers quickly began to realize the benefits of fiberglass over steel underground tanks.
Today the preference for fiberglass modified tanks reaches across all segments of the market and includes those who install and own underground storage tanks.
Further, the recognized benefits of fiberglass extend well beyond external corrosion protection. Today, with a greater industry-wide understanding of the increased regulatory burden and risks associated with storage tanks, tank buyers are much more educated and sophisticated in their product selection.
Benefits of fiberglass underground storage tanks
Corrosion Resistance – External corrosion protection will always be a concern, but, with the widespread use of ethanol-blended gasoline (E10, E15, E85), biodiesel fuels and ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD), the focus has shifted to internal corrosion protection. These new biofuels are creating increasing incidents of aggressive microbial-induced corrosion (MIC) of metal components in fueling systems. Fiberglass tanks are not vulnerable to internal corrosion caused by MIC. Neither do they tolerate rust externally due to corrosive soil environments.
Fuel Compatibility – In addition to creating corrosive conditions in tanks, new ethanol-blended fuels today also raise questions regarding compatibility of the stored fuel with tank materials. Kindoju's double-wall fiberglass coated tanks are not only warranted for the full range of ethanol-blended gasoline, they are also UL-tested and UL-listed as compatible with 0-100 percent ethanol storage. This is a very clear and distinct difference from steel storage tanks.
Track Record – With over hundreds of leak-tanks repairs though out West Africa during the last two decades, fiberglass coated tanks have an outstanding record of both protecting the environment and minimizing tank owners’ risk.
The great majority of new underground tanks installed today for North America's largest fuel retailers and commercial fleet facilities are fiberglass tanks. After exploring their options and evaluating years of product performance, these tank owners overwhelmingly continue to choose fiberglass.