Concrete Canvas® bund lining for Elinoil Hellenic Petroleum Company
Concrete Canvas® (CC) was specified as a bund lining solution at a petroleum tank farm in Athens, Greece, owned by Elin Oil Hellenic Petroleum Company SA (Elin Oil).
The client required a bund lining solution which would provide weathering and erosion protection, effective weed suppression and eliminate the risk of fires.
CC was specified to provide an all-in-one bund lining solution as per the client’s requirements. The flexible material was installed in continuous lengths from the crest of the bund slope, along the width of the bund floor for logistical efficiency and to prevent material wastage.
Improving terminal safety and efficiency
Shotcrete was originally considered for this application, however, the health and safety risks associated with a shotcrete installation, such as rebound and potential damage to the sensitive infrastructure on the site, meant an alternative was sought. CC can be installed without having to consider these risks; no post-installation clean-up operation would be required, resulting in further cost savings for the client and any sensitive infrastructure was easily accommodated, with CC cut to fit around pipes and other complex areas using basic hand tools.
Access restrictions meant limited vehicles could be used and transported on-site. CC was delivered to this project site in bulk rolls and deployed using a single crane positioned at the crest of the bund for a safer installation. Vehicle movements to- and on-site were also drastically reduced.
CC for maintenance
Temperatures in Athens often reach 48°C during the summer, increasing the risk of fires starting on the heavily vegetated bunds. This was a serious risk and could be incredibly dangerous in the event of a leak from one of the tanks as the liquids stored on the site are highly flammable. Not only does CC provide the much-needed fire protection solution, but CC’s weed suppression properties will also mitigate any future costly periodic maintenance on the bund and around pipe tracks, where maintenance works are time-consuming, costly and potentially dangerous.