Fuel Temperature Compensation Matters

The use of diesel-powered equipment in ports is widespread and mainly due to efficiency, performance, and reliability. Moving millions of containers through port terminals requires the consumption of millions of litres of diesel. Terminals typically mitigate cost components, improve asset and process efficiency through analytics. This means accurately monitoring, analysing, and managing fuel usage and consumption data.

To improve storage integrity, usage efficiency and prevent misuse, constant fuel monitoring should be automated. Fuel temperature plays a key role. Fuel losses are partially due to temperature variations. Unless you are applying temperature compensation practices, you will have reported losses. If the delivery, storage, and dispensing volumes differ due to temperature variances, accurate fuel management data will be compromised. Diesel fuel contracts or expands approximately 0.85ml for every degree change in temperature. On a delivery of 20,000 litres every degree in variation will account for 17 litres. 5 million litres of fuel delivered over a year at an average 15°C will shrink to 4,969,685 litres if stored in tanks at an average 10°C. For the port operator, that means 30,315 litres of fuel were delivered yet were not available for use. Simply put, automatic temperature compensation (ATC) is required for accurate fuel management.

Automated fuel management provides real-time visibility of all fuel from storage to usage, including how it is used by all vehicles and equipment. The Ressource Solutions PetroMan fuel management system’s functionality includes stock control, bulk rates, decanting, storage, filtration, tank gauging, security, dispensing, reporting, transaction management, and maintenance scheduling. The modular system is suitable for all port applications.

PetroMan’s automatic tank gauging (ATG) solution includes ATC which allows tighter control of all tank inventories, and it allows balancing book versus physical inventories more accurately. Customers that utilize the PetroMan automated fuel management system have complete, and accurate, visibility of all on-site fuel, which increases equipment and vehicle usage optimisation and reduces running costs.

Ressource Solutions have offices in Namibia, South Africa, and Mauritius, as well as representation in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zambia, DRC, Kenya, and Malaysia & Australia. With a growing footprint in Africa Ressource Solutions is the preferred fuel management partner for numerous regional and global brands.

Ressource Solutions has made it their purpose to develop world-class hydrocarbon management systems that are both cost-effective and user-friendly. As an OEM Ressource Solutions markets its unique fuel management solutions under the PetroMan® brand, providing meticulous, real-time, measuring, and reporting that allows clients to intricately control hydrocarbon quality and usage. Ressource Solutions continually develops and implements robust and up-to-date hardware and software platforms and has supplied FMS solutions to the mining sector, across Africa, since the 1990s.

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