Service and Maintenance

Planned Maintenance is an investment in the mechanical well-being of expensive equipment, creating longer lifecycles, more availability and resulting in less downtime.

Planned Maintenance, quite simply, adds up to an enhanced Return On Investment.

The Maintenance division of the Petrolink Group undertakes a range of contracted services to clients with dedicated fuel facilities.

Fuel Systems maintenance

All underground petroleum storage systems must have a Maintenance Schedule as part of the site Environment Protection Plan. Petrolink’s fully qualified technicians have the ability and expertise to maintain complete fuel systems. One of our core skills is providing programmed maintenance schedules for customers over a diverse range of applications including fuel systems for the Department of Defence, Public Transport, Commercial Transport, Maritime, Mining and Manufacturing.
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Planned Maintenance Programs are monitored on a daily basis, assuring clients a high level of assistance. Petrolink’s technicians are fully trained and available to provide quality service in the safest way possible.

To ensure that service levels are never compromised by the non-availability of spare parts (parts no longer manufactured or excessive lag times in the delivery of the part), Petrolink carries a dedicated range of spare parts for the contracts it holds. This aspect of Petrolink’s operation is a key to maintaining the functionality of facilities, especially in an emergency situation.

At any given time, Petrolink stocks include (but not limited to):
  • Delivery nozzles - Hoses, hose fittings – Camlocks
  • Isolating valves – Fluid controls,
  • High level sensors (not normally carried too expensive to stock the variety)
  • Spill containment (including overfill protection and dry connect fittings).
Petrolink supplies, repairs and refurbishes a wide range of flow control valves and actuators through its associate company, Valvelink Pty Ltd. Additionally, Petrolink has long-standing partnerships with specialist suppliers of fuel equipment enabling most replacement parts to be produced within 24 hours of request.

Programmed maintenance of fuel facilities is critical to their operation – `No Fuel …. No Go!’

Inspection & Testing

Petrolink Engineering’s qualified engineers and technicians are experienced in the discipline of site investigations and inspections. Preparation of industry compliant reports on the current condition of a fuel installation are usually accompanied with recommendations for upgrades, continuous improvements and additions to ensure site compliance with all relevant Standards.

As a component of service and maintenance, Petrolink’s trained technicians are qualified to undertake industry-compliancy tests and tank inspections:

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Above-ground tanks

Qualified and accredited API 653 Above ground Tank Inspectors are available to undertake mandatory periodic tank inspections as required in accordance with relevant Standards. Inspection of above-ground storage tanks include thickness testing to ensure all surfaces have the required minimum wall thickness (see Tank Integrity testing below).

Underground tanks

Underground tanks are regularly cleaned and inspected internally to identify any faults and remove residual sludge and other un-desirable matter to ensure continuing cleanliness of the product stored.

  • Steel tanks are inspected for signs of corrosion and other issues which could compromise the life expectancy of the tank.
  • Fibreglass tanks are inspected for signs of de-lamination which could compromise the life expectancy of the tank.

Inspection of under-ground tanks include vacuum testing of tank and pipelines to ensure the integrity of the tank has not been compromised (see Tank Integrity testing below).

A report is prepared following any tank inspection which include all results from the investigation and any recommendation for repair and improvements to prevent any further degradation of the tank and the risk of contamination to the environment.

Tank Integrity Testing

Petrolink is able to conduct Tank Integrity Testing . This involves a team of trained industry professionals addressing matters such as;

Thickness testing of tank shells, floors and roofs to ensure the material thickness is still above the minimum required as per industry standards. This enables the technician to calculate remaining life expectancy: ensuring the tank is safe to use at least until next mandatory tank inspection. Thickness testing of tanks is usually conducted as part of Above-ground Tank Inspections (see above).

The integrity of underground tanks is tested using a highly-specialised vacuum testing system and methodology. A specific computer software programme analyses the results which are incorporated into a report.

Pipeline Integrity Testing

Hydrostatic testing of pipelines includes pressure testing of the pipelines using either water or the product in the pipelines if mixing the product with water is unacceptable.

Pneumatic testing of new pipelines if hydrostatic testing with water could pose problems if all water cannot successfully be removed following the testing. Mixed hydrostatic and pneumatic testing with nitrogen if the product in the pipelines cannot be removed for the testing.

All pipeline integrity testing is conducted in accordance with relevant Australian Standards.

Fuel Bowser Calibration

Petrolink Engineering technicians are trained and certified to undertake mandatory fuel bowser calibrations to meet standards in accordance with the National Measurement Institute (NMI). This service us usually undertaken as a component of a legislated fuel maintenance program.

Calibration of fuel bowsers and delivery systems is essential for accuracy, cost control and inventory management.

All works in compliance with and to relevant Australian Standards and Regulations (AS 1940, AS 4897, AS 4037, NMI, API 2000, API 653 and more.)

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