Pacific National Bulk Fuel Tank Inspection & Maintenance


The Fuel and Tank Management division of OPEC specialises in the installation, maintenance and management of bulk fuelling infrastructure (BFI), including Aboveground Petroleum Storage Systems (APSS) and Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS). It is OPEC’s role to ensure that the services provided enable the BFI to perform at optimum levels.

Pacific National (PN) engaged OPEC to undertake a 10 yearly inspection and maintenance contract across three specific sites. The 10 yearly regime was conducted in accordance with AS1940, API653 and other associated sub-standards to enable Pacific National to maintain their dangerous goods compliance license.

Scope of Project

PN engaged OPEC to undertake a 10 yearly inspection and maintenance contract across three sites: 1. Port Waratah Hunter Bulk Terminal (PWHBT): Oct 2012 – June 2013 2. Kooragang Island: May 2012 – Oct 2013 3. Port Kembla Inner Harbour: December 2011 – May2012 OPEC was engaged to initially prepare a detailed strategy and program for undertaking repairs, conducting modifications and testing both the plant and equipment. It was OPEC’s role to document the current type and arrangement of the tanking, piping, ancillary plant and equipment in order to produce a comprehensive analysis of the BFI. OPEC then presented drawings and documents to update the Pacific National asset registers. The APSS was taken offline to conduct an internal inspection, cleaning and testing of the tankage, plant and equipment. The hydrostatic testing of Pipelines, along with the removal, testing and reinstallation of tank valves, vents and other accessories were imperative to the process of both inspection and maintenance. OPEC was responsible for a number of necessary safety procedures that ranged from the installation of emergency safety equipment, remediation of plant and equipment and reinstatement of surface protection to the tanks and pipe work. Corrosion treatment and the removal of redundant pipe work were carried out in order to safely remove the unnecessary and dangerous elements that failed to meet standards. Both internal and external repairs were conducted on the bulk tanks in accordance with API653. OPEC managed the commissioning process of the APSS in accordance with the quality standards required by OPEC’s ISO9001 accreditation, thus completing a comprehensive inspection and test plan (ITP) regime which accompanied a detailed 10 yearly report covering all aspects within the client’s scope of works. OPEC disposed of all contract waste and waste minerals in accordance with applicable state regulations whilst providing PN with all relevant waste tracking documentation.


As a result, OPEC thoroughly investigated, cleaned, tested, repaired and commissioned PN’s BFI to successfully satisfy the scope of works. The contract was completed safely (without incident), on time and within budget. In doing so, OPEC achieved PN’s project requirement to maintain their dangerous goods compliance license, and is dedicated to the imperative 10 yearly project.