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Tanknology Inc. partnered with the Diesel Fuel Quality Council to collect diesel samples as part of a nationwide fuel quality study, the company announced.

The council is part of the Virginia-based Fuels Institute.

Tanknology’s scope of work for the fuel quality study uses its existing technicians to extract fuel samples. Tanknology technicians are using ASTM procedures to collect samples from nearly 200 geographically diverse fueling sites.

Nozzle samples will be tested for nonmicrobial physical and chemical properties, and tank samples will be tested for microbial contamination and water. In-tank samples will be drawn from the tank bottom and middle of the tank. 

The study has two goals: first, to understand the quality of diesel fuel coming out of the nozzle by evaluating fuel properties that affect engine operations; and second, to understand the quality of fuel sitting in storage tanks by evaluating properties that contribute to corrosion and product contamination. 

Sample collection began in April and will continue throughout May.

Tanknology Inc. is the world's largest provider of environmental compliance testing, inspection services, corrosion prevention and fuel quality solutions. The company services more than 85,000 petroleum fueling and storage facilities annually. Tanknology offers more than 30 compliance-related service offerings and holds 22 patents for leak detection and tank monitoring technology. Internationally, Tanknology licensees span more than 20 countries, providing services to the largest petroleum operators in the world.