Turkey’s energy demands have increased rapidly with its expanding economy over the past few years. Continuously improving transport infrastructure and increasing vehicle ownership ratios also increased fuel demand by 6% in 2013 alone.
Safe and effective transportation and storage of this potentially hazardous liquid is vital to protect the environment. Fuel spills from underground pipelines and storage tanks at retail sites may contaminate the soil and if the leak reaches groundwater level the pollution can quickly spread to nearby communities, needing costly remediation activities. A fuel leak is also a safety risk which may cause explosions and fires.
In 2007, Royal HaskoningDHV was commissioned by BP Petrolleri A.Ş. to deliver a fuel ‘wet stock’ monitoring service to identify any fuel leaks within 9lt/day accuracy capability in Turkey. This programme was extended to cover BP retail site network across the country in 2010, and is the only wet stock monitoring service in Turkey that covers a whole retail site dealer network.
Gürkan Özbek, Royal HaskoningDHV’s project manager explains: “Wet stock monitoring uses Statistical Inventory Reconciliation (SIR), or statistical analysis, on tank stock, sales and delivery data to identify fuel tanks which contain higher or lower levels than expected. They can then be investigated to find the reason for this variance, which could be through leaking tanks, lines or fill pipes, or it could be meter errors or even theft.”
The Energy Market Regulatory Authority (EMRA) requires fuel retail sites to reconcile their inventories and make data available via site automation systems. Royal HaskoningDHV teamed up with Fairbanks, a global leader specialized in wet stock monitoring and management services, to provide enhanced SIR monitoring, with much tighter limits than EMRA requirements, to over 620 BP retail sites.
Gürkan continues: “One of the main advantages of our service is that the sites are monitored daily by our dedicated team of analysts rather than just relying on automated data. This means we can verify the data first and identify the cause of any gains or losses more ffectively. We then recommend appropriate actions such as tests on individual tanks, pumps or lines, or checking CCTV if theft is suspected, and ensure the problem is resolved before we close the investigation.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s dedicated team of experienced analysts has enabled BP retail site network to ensure consistent monitoring, which in return minimises environmental exposure and contributes to improve the dealer’s business. Today, both BP Turkey and BP dealers are actively supporting the project.
The project has been so successful that BP renewed the service contract with Royal HaskoningDHV for another three years in February 2014.