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November 10, 2014 | Vol. 64, No. 22

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PEI’s Recommended Practices for the Design and Installation of Fueling Systems for Emergency Generators, Stationary Diesel Engines and Oil Burner Systems (PEI/RP1400-14) is now available from the Institute.

While the rules contained in 40 CFR 280 regulate underground storage tank (UST) systems associated with emergency power (except for Subpart D requirements regarding release detection, which were deferred), until now standard and consistent engineering practices have not been fully developed for the design and installation of these fueling systems. Recognizing the critical need for viable guidelines/practices, the PEI Board of Directors formed a committee in 2012 to write recommended practices for these systems. PEI/RP1400-14 is the result of that committee’s work.

The practices in this document are limited to the design and installation of shop-fabricated tanks, piping and auxiliary equipment for oil burners and stationary systems providing fuel to diesel-powered pumps and generators for primary, standby and emergency use. These recommended practices address systems that operate on distillate fuels, such as diesel or #2 fuel oil. Systems using gasoline, natural gas, compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas and/or other products are not included in this document.

These recommended practices may be applied to aboveground storage tanks, USTs, day tanks and/or sub-base (belly) tanks, piping, and all associated auxiliary equipment in the fueling system. Maintenance and operational items are mentioned only if they relate to the initial tank installation system. Since the committee could not confirm what EPA would require in its yet-to-be-finalized rules on equipment inspection, RP1400 provides that specific, ongoing or periodic inspections should follow industry codes and/or accepted inspection and maintenance practices and procedures.

PEI Publishes RP For Emergency Generators

DEF Update

Two Diesel Fuel Reports



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RP1400 includes many chapters common to most PEI recommended practices covering definitions, tank placement and installation, piping and components, electrical, testing, and documentation and training. Other chapters address subject matter unique to emergency generators. For instance, the chapter on pump and controls recognizes there is no “one-size-fits-all” design for systems that supply fuel to an emergency generator or fuel supplied burner. Since design considerations can include sizing of the tank, how much redundancy the user needs, which alarms the user needs to see, and external controls, each is extensively described in the document. Although currently not required by EPA, selection and installation of release detection equipment is also covered.

Another chapter in RP1400 that you will not find in other PEI recommended practices concerns the fuel to be stored, since the design of the fueling system can affect fuel quality.

Recommended Practices for the Design and Installation of Fueling Equipment for Emergency Generators, Stationary Diesel Engines and Oil Burner Systems (PEI/RP1400) can be purchased from www.pei.org/rp1400. The price for the 31-page book or PDF is $40 for PEI members; $95 for nonmembers.     

Over the last four years, the United States has seen an extremely smooth launch of its diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) initiative. While the infrastructure is firmly established, the market for DEF and equipment used to store, meter and dispense it is growing rapidly. That’s the gist of what we heard from the podium and the attendees at Integer Research’s 7th Diesel Exhaust Forum USA 2014, held recently in the Chicago area. Here are some of the takeaways from the conference.

  • The DEF market in North America is forecast by Integer Research to reach 1 billion gallons by 2019, up from a projected 359 million gallons in 2014.

  • Supply to the off-highway sector is experiencing the biggest growth today, and the heavy-duty vehicle sector is growing steadily as trucks are replaced with newer models that require DEF.

  • Significant growth is expected to shift from the large fleets to the small and medium size fleets, the majority of which appear to be seeking turn-key DEF replenishment solutions.

  • PEI distributors are not completely comfortable with selling equipment to the DEF market and continue to under serve those customers.

  • Experts estimate that only 50 percent of the independent truck stop and travel plaza operators dispense DEF at the island. That number is expected to increase to the 80 to 90 percent range in 2015. According to the truck stop operators we talked with, the industry has reached the point where the independents that don’t provide DEF at the pump are losing diesel volume.

  • Expect steady growth for DEF equipment in the emergency generator market.

  • Although only 100,000 cars in North America utilize SCR technology at the present time, all five panelists participating in the equipment portion of the Integer program anticipate DEF appearing on some convenience store dispensing islands by 2020. Integer expects 1.8 million passenger vehicles on the road in North America by 2025 in its base case scenario. 

  • The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a non-governmental standard-setting body based in Geneva, Switzerland, that establishes the quality specifications of DEF (ISO 22241). The same standard also recommends material that is compatible with DEF for tanks, containers, piping, dispensers and associated equipment. The ISO technical committee responsible for the DEF standard is expected to meet in Spring 2015 to begin updating its standard.

The first 30 PEI members who register for the 2015 University of Innovative Distribution (UID), March 8-11, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana, will receive a $500 scholarship from PEI—essentially a 50 percent discount off the regular $995 registration fee.

UID is the premier education event for manufacturers, distributors and others in the industrial distribution community. Attendees design their own experience by selecting from classes on inventory control, leadership, productivity and profitability, branch management, sales, marketing, and negotiation skills, among many others. Participants also earn credit toward the Professional Certificate of Industrial Distribution awarded by Purdue University.

Click here to learn more about UID and how to claim your $500 scholarship. If you have additional questions, contact Sarah West at swest@pei.org or 918-236-3968.

Tanknology Inc.
, Austin, Texas, has created a new operating unit focused on aboveground storage tank inspections and assessments, underground storage tank monthly/periodic inspections and operator training; and compliance management services. The new Inspection Services Division is led by Brian Derge. His management team includes Jason Bloch (UST inspections); Ed Deichmiller (AST inspections); and Geoff Brock (account management).
Petroleos de Venezuela S.A.
, the state oil company of Venezuela, is no longer seeking to sell its U.S. refining and marketing company, CITGO Petroleum. The announcement was made by Finance Minister Roldolfo Marco, according to local media reports.
“China has a million cars burning methanol on the road and wants to expand that number.”—William Tucker, Real Clear Politics.
Town Star Holding LLC, an affiliate of Junonia Capital LLC of Fort Myers, Florida, has purchased 16 convenience stores from TimeSaver Food Stores Co., Port St. Lucie, Florida.

On October 29, the Fuels Institute released a 32-page report, ”An Assessment of the Diesel Fuel Market: Demand, Supply, Trade and Key Drivers,” which analyzed domestic diesel fuel demand, production capacity, international demand and trade balances, as well as the various programs and requirements that might affect overall diesel demand. The report was produced for the Fuels Institute by PIRA Energy Group. On the following day, the Institute released a companion report evaluating consumer perceptions relative to diesel fuel and diesel-powered cars. The report is entitled, “Consumers and Diesel: Potential Conflict Between Fuel Economy and Cost.” Both reports are available for download at www.fuelsinstitute.org.

William R. “Will” Ayers
, of Cim-Tek Filtration, died October 25 at the age of 62. Will’s career as an inventor and engineer spanned more than 40 years. He was the former president of Central Illinois Manufacturing Company in Bement, Illinois, and was instrumental in the development of several key products/patents, such as Hydrosorb and Alcohol Monitor filters. Survivors include his step-mother, Helen Ayers; three brothers, James, Stephen and Robert; and a sister, Betty Comerford. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Ken Brown
, sales coordinator at R. C. Ford Associates, Cincinnati, Ohio, has retired after 40 years in the industry. Ken began his career as a sales assistant with Fashion, Inc. in 1974. He became sales coordinator for R. C. Ford, Fashion’s representative in the Midwest, in 1988. Angie Colon (angie@rcford.com) assumed Ken’s responsibilities November 1.

California distributor
. Magnetron USA, 2226 West 232nd Street, Torrance, California 90501, has applied for distributor division membership. Ninan Johnson is president of the firm, which was established in 1997. The company represents CentralIL, HuskyCorp, IRPCOinc, LdqCntrols and Tuthill. Sponsored for PEI membership by Shaun Gravistin, LqdCntrols, Lake Bluff, IL. www.magnetronusa.com   
Security products manufacturer. Petro Defense, 6830 Vista Lago Loop, Suite 302, Zephyrhills, Florida 33542, has applied for manufacturer division membership. Jesse Lee is president of the firm, which was established in 2013. The company manufactures security products for fueling stations and convenience stores which are sold through distributors. Sponsored for PEI membership by Richard Morahan, LockAmer, Corona, CA. www.petrodefense.com
Connecticut consulting engineer. Alfred Benesch & Company, 90 National Drive, Glastonbury, Connecticut 06033, has applied for affiliate division membership. Mark Smith is senior project manager for the firm, which was established in 1946. The company provides retail petroleum site development and renovation services including feasibility studies, permitting traffic engineering and convenience store design. Sponsored for PEI membership by Michael Voas, LaMountain, Oxford, MA. www.benesch.com
Vietnam equipment provider. Vinamco Import & Export Petroleum Equipments JSC, 83 Street 22, Binh Phu, Ward 11, Dist. 6, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam 70000, has applied for affiliate division membership. Tran Thi Le Thuy is vice manager for the firm, which was established in 2004. The company specializes in selling petroleum equipment, such as petrochemical pump and flow meters, dispensers and fuel management systems. Sponsored for PEI membership by Dan Murray, TotlContSys, Fort Wayne, IN. www.vinamco-corp.com
South Carolina installation and repair firm. King Fuel LLC, 1160 Volunteer Drive, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732, has applied for service and construction division membership. Andrew King is owner of the firm, which was established in 2013. King Fuel installs, repairs and upgrades service station equipment. Sponsored for PEI membership by Ken Neeley, ESCO, Tampa, FL.


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