It is one thing to transport bulk fluids to site. But when it comes to the access and storage, that comes with a whole other set of challenges.
It is fair to say that not all tanks and storage units are made equal; and companies throughout the fluid supply, distribution and storage sector are seeking out new technologies to underpin safe and accessible storage.
Australian Mining Review spoke to Mammoth Equipment’s Wayne Wallis about his organisation’s commitment to providing safe and effective solutions in the delivery and storage of its trademarked AdBlue tanks.
Mammoth has 11 locations throughout the country, strategically located to best service the mining sector, and at the heart of the business is bulk handling. The company’s motivation behind the provision of bulk fluid tanks is simple.
“Obviously, we want to be a one-stop-shop for bulk fluid solutions,” Wayne said.
“Our primary business is in supplying bulk AdBlue. So, we supply them with a storage tank and then we customise that depending on what the customer’s handling and onsite needs are.”
It is made locally in Australia and New Zealand and is essential for the correct operation of an advanced pollution control technology installed in the Selective Catalytic Reduction or SCR exhaust systems.
Wayne said the main benefit was that, unlike diesel, AdBlue was a clear, non-toxic liquid that is safe to handle and does not damage the environment.
“We are an ISO22241 accredited AdBlue supplier, and a global licensee of Verband der Automobilindustrie.e.V (VDA),” he said.
Wayne said that through a combination of smart logistics management and communication, Mammoth was able to ensure customers’ AdBlue levels were optimised at all times.
Mammoth has the largest manufacturing, supply and distribution chain of AdBlue in the southern hemisphere: 11 plants, and 20 distribution locations across Australia and New Zealand.
The primary application for the AdBlue was for the use of diesel equipment.
“A lot of the load and haul equipment – such as front-end loaders and underground loaders, the underground dump trucks – are using the AdBlue more now because of the awareness around emission control and air quality, especially underground,” he said.
“The AdBlue which acts as a carrier for ammonia (NH3) reacts with the NOx gas to form nitrogen, water and oxygen.
“It reacts at a certain temperature and works with the catalyst on the Selective Catalyst reduction system, and it converts the harmful exhaust gases.”
Packaging and Tanks
EcoBlue has a range of packaging options for AdBlue which range from a 10l container, through to a 210l drum and then a 1000l intermediate bulk container. Mammoth’s tank solutions are manufactured in house.
The idea is to offer simplistic and affordable tanks solutions, Wayne said.
They are developed alongside specialist suppliers such as A-Flo and Polymaster and through these companies Mammoth can offer professional, cost effective solutions for their customers.
“Our standard and bespoke tank configurations are offered with various commercial advantages as well,” Wayne said.
“That means customers can purchase outright, take on buy-back contracts and use CPL Extra for loan over an agreed term.”
The heavy-duty constructed tanks are built to protect and maintain the AdBlue fluid at the desired temperature in all weather conditions.
They are available as either Unbunded or Bunded Depot or Terminal Tanks, or Slimline Depot or Terminal Tanks.
Mammoth has also developed a heavy duty, stainless steel Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC), which come in 1000l, 1500l and 2000l capacities.
These can be transported on either a truck or a front-end loader style of vehicle to underground fuel farms and workshops.
“We do bunded and unbunded, and anything from a basic storage tank right through to a bulk, absolute terminal. However, because the product was not classified as Dangerous Goods (DG), the tank didn’t necessarily have to be a bunded tank,” Wayne said.
Solar-powered tanks were another offering developed by Mammoth, which enabled tanks located “in the middle of nowhere” with no access to power, to be operational as needed.
From pump kits to fluid monitors, EcoBlue has also developed a range of AdBlue accessories.
Wayne said these could be fitted and adapted to suit the customer and specific site needs and they covered a wide range of applications to ensure efficiency and productivity.
He said when the customer bought the storage tank, the Mammoth team then worked to customise the tank and its fit-out according to how it will be used onsite.
Wayne said that onsite, the tanks could be filled either on the surface or underground using dispensing nozzles with a flow rate of from 30l a minute up to 130l a minute.
He said the use of dry break functionality on the nozzle, prevented contamination and spillage.
“We are all about making it as hassle-free and easy as possible for the company, which is why when we dispense the product, we can also supply the tank, we can supply the nozzles and monitors, and that could be anything from a standard to a dry break nozzle,” he said.
“We can also supply high hose masts, which are are typically 3.0-5.8m high that make it easier to manoeuvre the hose and prevent it from being run over or damaged.
“These also enable the hose to be extended to the other side of a vehicle, which might not be closest to the tank and the vehicle can be filled without any damage.”
Additionally, the tanks can also be fitted with fast-fill systems for filling service trucks as well as supply some modules for service trucks configurations.
Wayne said the company also supplied hose reels and retractable hoses as well as fleet management systems.
“We also monitor the tank levels for the customer, to save them the inconvenience of having to manage it, as well as guaranteeing the continuity of supply,” Wayne said.
“We manage this through a telemetry device, which we use to determine the levels and schedule our deliveries based on their levels.”
Wayne said as well as monitoring the tank levels, systems and devices were available which could be deployed to vehicles to monitor the use of the product by each vehicle by connecting monitoring to individual fleet identification numbers.
Mammoth has worked within the bulk handling space – and closely addressed customer needs – across the full gamut of supply, transport, and storage requirements.
It has also taken a strong handle on providing thermal solutions such as thermal covers, dual skin pipe, ceramic coatings, fire sleeves, and heated thermal covers.
With a focus on emission reduction and solution development in the equipment and industrial solutions, and emission reduction technologies space, Mammoth has carved for itself a niche in the development of site-ready, hardy gear which is tailored specifically for its clients and each particular application.
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