February 2019

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Refining: Extend the life of storage tanks with a novel single-coat epoxy coating

In the oil and gas industry, time is money.

Toews, B., Sherwin-Williams

In the oil and gas industry, time is money. Asset owners want to secure the most time—or life—out of any asset to help reduce its total cost of ownership. That often means protecting assets with high-performance coatings that offer long service lives. When the asset is an aboveground steel storage tank for fuel products, owners are looking for interior tank linings that offer decades of service, with 30-yr lifespans as the new target goal. The three-decade mark for a tank lining was the industry target in the 1980s, when tank owners understood they could achieve this milestone with properly installed vinyl ester laminate coating systems. When health and safety concerns ended the use of such

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