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Fuel Sampling & Testing

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Fuel Hygiene

Road diesel & gasoil now contain a percentage of bio-fuel (up to 7%). This provides an ideal breeding ground for diesel/gasoil bugs.

 

Equipment failure can be down to bugs in these modern fuels. Problems with contaminated fuel inside storage tanks can cause pumps & vehicle filters to block, & in severe cases, vehicles can stop working causing downtime & hefty repair bills.

 

These issues are caused by microbial contamination (often known as diesel bugs which are micro-organisms that grow on water present in fuel). This problem has been known but contained for years until the age of the latest fuels.

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Fuel Testing For Microbes:

 

Testing for microbial contamination in diesel & gasoil gives people storing fuel a warning so that they may prevent microbial contamination reaching dangerous levels. This would will cause problems to the fuel & equipment therefore testing before it happens prevents vehicle & equipment downtime & expensive repair bills.

 

Our test measures the total quantity of microbiological activity through a single analysis within minutes. The test report gives you a traffic light warning sequence:

 

Green = Low contamination, no preventive action is required < 10pg/ml

Amber = Medium contamination, preventative action is required 10 < 100pg/ml

Red = High contamination, preventive/remedial action is required > 100 pg/ml

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fuel sampling & testing

A few simple tips for maintaining fuel hygiene include:

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  • Regularly check for the presence of water.

  • Inspect your tank, checking for points of water ingress.

  • Bottom out your tank to remove any free water & sludge.

  • Have your fuel tested regularly for microbes.

  • Fit a fuel conditioner to your suction or vehicle fuel lines.

  • Fit a water & particle filter to your storage tank (fit to delivery side of pumps).

  • Use tank dryers in fuel stores & vehicle tanks when not in use.

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