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Continuous structural condition tank integrity monitoring of Above Ground Storage Tanks, aka “SafeAST, no entry: no empty.”

Continuous structural condition tank integrity monitoring of Above Ground Storage Tanks, aka “SafeAST, no entry: no empty.”

Objective

The purpose of this action is to assist the €2.8bn European and global liquid storage and distribution industry in reducing the costs involved in ensuring that leaks do not occur from 500,000 above ground storage tanks (ASTs), thus avoiding avoid damage to the environment and the loss of revenue from the unscheduled outages of leaking tanks, currently estimated at €132m. At its core is the exploitation of Plant Integrity’s proven non-invasive storage tank floor monitoring technology capable of detecting defects as small as 25mm.

Plant Integrity’s SafeAST system provides continuous structural condition monitoring of ASTs, detecting any corrosion hotspots in the internal tank floor without the need to empty the tank and manually inspect the welds. Plant Integrity provides this continuous monitoring by integrating its long range ultrasonic testing (LRUT) with sophisticated sensors and systems in order to detect defects in the annular ring and bottom plates.

The principal aim of this action is to provide final pre-launch confirmation of performance data to demonstrate the capability of SafeAST in detecting time-dependent degradation of the AST tank floor. The secondary aim is to provide a package of comprehensive launch material (including validated Technical Reports, supportive marketing material, final hardware specification and software sign-off) to aid a successful launch.

The five-strong SafeAST consortium comprises the Tüpras oil and gas company which operates tank farms, research and academic organisations, plus client-facing industrial product development consultancies. Its Vision is to create a highly profitable, sustainable company (cash positive in 2 years, turnover €24m in four years) capable of delivering both hardware and services worth €80k pa to the AST condition monitoring sector (t/o €800m in Europe alone) and for its core technology to be recognised as the global primary on-line monitoring method in the world’s 7600 live plants.
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Coordinator

PLANT INTEGRITY LTD

Address

Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6gp Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 451 423

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BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 740 720

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE LIMITED - INNOTECUK

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 365 102,50

Turkiye Petrol Rafinerileri Anonim Sirketi

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 243 614

INNORA PROIGMENA TECHNOLOGIKA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES AE

Greece

AINOOUCHAOU PLIROFORIKI AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 400 355

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691497

  • Start date

    1 December 2015

  • End date

    30 November 2017

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.

H2020-EU.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 827 141,25

  • EU contribution

    € 2 201 214,50

Coordinated by:

PLANT INTEGRITY LTD

United Kingdom