In its landmark 2016 study report, the EPA recommended that all tank owners/operators filter their fuel for water and sediment, either before it is added to the tank (not feasible for most) or after it’s been added and circulated in the storage tank with existing fuel. Indeed, one of the findings of their nationwide field study was that the water and particulate content of a stored fuel was highly correlated with corrosion damage happening in its storage tank.
As part of its complete Hybrid Solution, Bell Fuel & Tank Services incorporates high quality fuel filtration to remove water, asphaltenes, sediment and other precursors of fuel instability. For fuel that is darkened or simply in danger of crossing the instability threshold, this is an essential step in the process. It’s also one that cannot be accomplished by mere chemical treatment alone. Chemical treatments and additives are important tools for preventing the deleterious processes that degrade fuel quality. But they can’t really do anything about the sediment dropout once it’s in process.
High quality fuel filtration involving multiple size filters is a key step in the process Bell FTS uses to return fuel to useable condition and, just as importantly, ensure that stored fuel stays in peak condition for the maximum period of time. And, of course, the diagnostic testing (including next-generation microbial detection) incorporated by the Bell FTS program gives stored fuel users the piece of mind that the filtration and other mechanical fuel remediation has done its job to return their fuel to optimal condition.