Well-oiled teamwork by skilled field crews resulted in the successful construction the largest stainless steel tank in North America. Designed by TIW’s in-house engineering team, measuring an astounding 45.72 metres wide by 11.887 metres high, the column supported cone roof stainless steel tank was made entirely of 304/304L material to precise API 650 specs. Completion required 5,089 direct Boilermaker work-hours. During the entire duration of the project, there were no safety incidents reported – not so much as a single call for first aid.
TIW was subcontracted to engineer, supply, fabricate and field erect five (5), 272-ft diameter, 500,000 barrel oil storage tanks. This expansion and similar projects are planned between six to eight months in advance to ensure all details are carefully organized and professionally managed. Working at a record-setting pace, we completed the project within 10 months, from the day we received the first foundation in February to the day we hydrotested the last tank in December. To meet the aggressive timeline, we ran two shifts of workers starting in July.
TIW served as the primary tank contractor on this 19-tank, $600 million project that expanded our client’s Contract Storage facility in order to meet customer demand, allowing it to hold 12.5 MMbl, which equates to five full days of Canada’s total crude oil production. Each tank stood between three and four storeys high, with 250 feet across-range in capacity (250,000 to 530,000 barrels, or bbl, apiece). Eighteen vessels were used for crude storage, while one was used for diluent. We supplied steel in rolled sections that were assembled in the field, with construction taking place on six tanks at a time.