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Skyriders makes short work of storage tank maintenance project

September 2019 News

Rope access made quick work of a major tank inspection and cleaning project for a large South African petrochemical producer when Skyriders Access Specialists deployed a team to the tank, which measures 46 m in diameter and stands 15 m high.

Completed in 18 days in May, the project formed part of the petrochemical producer’s ongoing maintenance cycle, which sees its storage tanks emptied, cleaned and inspected, where after any necessary maintenance is carried out. In this instance, the tank in question was shut down for statutory inspection and maintenance, according to Skyriders marketing manager Mike Zinn.

Rope access was the ideal solution, as it allowed technicians with confined space experience to move along the roof beams and girders in order to clean the beams themselves, as well as the sidewalls, as quickly and as safely as possible. “The storage tank was found to be in good condition, so fortunately not much work beyond the cleaning itself was required,” explains Zinn.

Skyriders’ safety department provided a risk assessment and detailed methodology for the project. “We understand the dangers inherent in the petrochemical industry and plan carefully around these, from the correct personal protective equipment to the expertise of our highly trained staff,” concludes Zinn.

For more information contact Mike Zinn, Skyriders, +27 11 312 1418, mike@ropeaccess.co.za, www.ropeaccess.co.za





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