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Fuel Treatment in Storage

Liquid fuels have in their composition a part of free carbon and hydrogen molecules to agglomerate after production, besides retaining water by condensation.

The combination of agglomeration and sedimentation processes of asphaltenes, gums, paraffin, other sediments and biomass produced by bacteria, fungi and algae leads to the deposition of “sludge” at the bottom of storage tanks;

The sludge thus consists of solid and semi-solid impurities of different types, which accumulate along the mechanical systems, from storage to filters, affecting supply, reducing useful storage capacity, causing corrosion and clogging and damage to plants and equipment. 

In storage, sludge removal is a costly process that requires lengthy operational downtime, as well as difficulties in disposing of the resulting materials and the possibility of environmental consequences.

However, fuels can be stabilized after distillation by using additives to disperse the larger agglomerations and increase the smaller particles, bringing the products closer to optimum specifications.

The physical effect ecoStorm promotes the separation of the molecules adhering to the substrate of the storage tanks (walls and bottoms), subsequently disintegrating and dispersing the existing molecules.

The surfactant properties of the product create a protective film around the aromatic hydrocarbon molecules, promoting the reduction of the surface/interfacial tension, preventing agglomeration and dissolving the existing sludge.

Common Problems in Fuel Storage

Advantages of the regular use of ecoStorm in storage:

  • Prevents the agglomeration of asphaltenes, gums, paraffin, other sediments and biomass produced by bacteria, fungi and algae;
  • Avoids the sedimentation of “sludge” on the walls and bottoms of storage tanks, as well as on the filters and mechanical systems of the installations;
  • It increases the fuel useful phase, by segmenting the hydrocarbons of larger chain into smaller elements, going from waste to usable fuel;
  • It is hydrophobic, allowing for the optimal removal of water cuts present in the fuel, avoiding corrosion of storage structures and transportation systems;
  • It is biocidal, preventing the development of bacteria and fungi possibly existing in fuel/water mixtures;
  • Prevents fuel oxidation;
  • It significantly reduces the high costs of waste cleaning in storage, which require lengthy operational stoppages, in addition to the difficulties in disposing of the resulting materials and the consequent possibility of environmental consequences.

Less Sludge

Less Maintenance Costs

Less Waste

More Combustible Volume


Initial approach to a reservoir with a severe case of sludge

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