Experiencing These Challenges? Here's why.
As water inevitably enters fuel storage tanks, it serves as a breeding ground for microorganisms. Hydrocarbon from the fuel can serve as a food source and as the population grows, this adversely impacts fuel quality. Proactive fuel quality monitoring has traditionally been challenging due to the slow feedback by traditional microbiological tests. By reducing test turn-around time from days or weeks to mere minutes, field technicians are able to address and validate fuel treatment/conditioning solutions immediately while onsite.
The mechanisms of corrosion are not always well understood, but microbially influenced corrosion is undeniably a significant contributor. Elevated growth within fuel delivery lines inevitably result in biofilm formation. Once a biofilm community has become established, microorganisms within the community degrade pipes and tanks to compromise their integrity. If left unchecked for long enough, pipe and/or tank failure is inevitable. A rigorous control program supported by effective monitoring tools such as 2nd Generation ATP monitoring enable superior control to prevent biofilm formation and reduce the risk of MIC.
Among the negative impacts of biological growth in Underground Storage Tanks (UST) is the premature fouling of delivery lines as well as filter plugging. This reduced flow means that fuel flows more slowly and customers are left waiting. A monitoring program to detect the onset of biological growth to trigger fuel conditioning means that fuel lines are kept clean and dispenser flow rates can be maximized. The benefits of this are directly related to profitability considering that more fuel can be sold in a shorter period of time.
Traditional microbiological methods for fuel products tend to be time-consuming to acquire results, may not be effective to quantify the overall risk, or both. Rather than spending several days to acquire data that is critical to maintaining fuel quality, LuminUltra’s products can serve as the ideal tool to provide rapid feedback and guide mitigation activities on-site and on-the-spot.
How can 2nd Generation ATP® monitoring help to mitigate these challenges?
Early detection using LuminUltra’s 2nd Generation ATP monitoring test kits can be achieved for any liquid hydrocarbon where culture methods have traditionally been used. Having an accurate measurement of total microbial content in less than 5 minutes will enable operators and field service technicians to improve operational cost efficiency by having complete and quantitative results in near real-time. Identify, treat and test efficacy of treatment and application of biocide dosing and equipment cleaning during the same visit without needing to worry about phase separation.
Considering that the consequences of microbiological contamination in the fuel industry can be disastrous, having access to a direct and real-time indication of the biological threat has tremendous value. By reducing test turn-around time from days or weeks to mere minutes, field technicians are able to address and validate solutions immediately while onsite. Through the ability to optimize chemical treatment in order to achieve optimal biological control as well as preventing more serious problems, users realize an immediate return on investment and enhanced efficiency overall.
How can you realize immediate cost savings?
LuminUltra’s solutions are able to help you to achieve greater accuracy and substantial savings on turn-around time for your microbiological testing. By reducing this time lag from days or weeks to mere minutes, your team is able to address and validate solutions immediately while on-site.
Considering that 2nd Generation ATP monitoring provides overall contamination level information in 5 minutes, the feedback that it provides is all the information needed to direct appropriate corrective action in most cases. This reduces overall testing costs by determining up front if more specific tests are needed or if the overall risk is low, meaning that the potential savings on total testing costs (assume $100/taxonomic profile) are tremendous.
In addition to improved revenue generation, the expected life of underground storage tanks and fuel filters can be extended through regular monitoring and treatment to mitigate microbial growth.
What is the return on investment?
Fuel retailers using LuminUltra’s solution will consistently achieve greater dispenser flow rates during their peak business hours and consequently generate greater operating revenues. Customers typically achieve a return on investment within just 80 peak business hours per dispenser. You will consistently achieve these benefits by measuring the total volume of fuel dispensed per month after using LuminUltra’s solutions and comparing to prior statistics.
Economic Analysis: Microbiological Control in Fuels
This document outlines the costs associated with uncontrolled microbiological growth in fuel tanks and the opportunities that 2nd Generation ATP monitoring provides to service technicians to overcome this problem.
Recommended Test Kit
Quench-Gone Organic Modified (QGO-M™)
Using a single analysis, Quench–Gone Organic Modified (QGO-M) provides a rapid and interference–free determination of total microbiological concentration in any filterable organic fluid or organic-water mixture. Use this test kit to quantify total bioburden in organics–laden samples for rapid assessment of contamination and in conjunction with additional analyses for a complete process microbiological profile.
The QGO-M test kit is designed for testing Low-Solids Organic and/or Water Mixtures:
- Oilfield Applications
- Fuel & Associated Water
- Metalworking Fluids & Lubricants
- Oily Brines
They are the only ATP test kit manufacturer that has developed a family of test kits – each optimized for a range of applications. They are also the only ATP test kit manufacturer with an ATP method that differentiates bacteria from fungi. They are undoubtedly head and shoulders above other ATP test kit manufacturers.