essential component for operation of equipment, as the fuel itself is a perishable asset.
What we find is that on many sites this critical system is somewhat out of sight and can be easily overlooked. Left uncontrolled it can lead to failure of transfer pumps and equipment, degradation and failure of storage tanks, degradation and loss of the fuel, premature blocking of filters and ultimately failure of the generator itself or internal damage.
The potential impact can be dire however, a simple regime of maintenance and monitoring can greatly assist to identify and rectify anomalies before they become an expensive failure.
At Power Generator Systems, we recommend a few key ‘upkeep’ activities to ensure the integrity of fuel systems.
1. Tank Integrity Testing – although a well installed fuel tank whether it be installed above or underground should be built to anticipate soil changes, ground movement, expansion and contraction, it is still widely recognised that both tank and line testing is important on an annual basis. Just as any back-up system needs scheduled testing to ensure it can operate when needed, your fuel tank and lines should be tested for integrity and provided with certification for EPA requirements.
2. Fuel Polishing – after as little as 12 months, diesel fuel can deteriorate, and moisture from condensation or other sources can enter the system, along with it the build-up of microbiological growth. A filtration and polishing system can be permanently installed to automatically agitate and
process fuel regularly or a portable system can be utilised typically on an annual basis to maintain the quality and functionality of your fuel reserves.
3. Fuel Analysis – typically undertaken on a six or twelve-month basis, this is an inexpensive way to monitor the quality of your fuel reserves. Samples are typically taken during normal routine servicing and sent away for laboratory analysis and reporting. Information will assess the total quality of the fuel and the effectiveness of the filtration and polishing system allowing adjustments as required.
4. Inspection and Operation – regular review of your fuel transfer pumps and automated valving and flow control devices, is of course important. Best practice aims to ensure preparedness, so your fuel systems are ready to operate, and fuel levels are maintained, when called upon.
common for contamination to enter the fuel supply, then migrate into emergency generators causing operational issues, equipment damage and failures.
At a fraction of even the cost of replacing your fuel, we find that a ‘Testing and Polishing’ process helps to ensure your underground fuel system is prepared to support your site when required with truly reliable back-up power.
Regardless of whether you have a PGS installed Fuel System or one installed by another provider, contact us today to discuss and schedule a Test and Maintenance plan 08 8349 7854.