There are many misconceptions about Diesel bladders and the risks involved in deploying this product commercially.
FTS Flexitank-Systems originally comes from the BTR-SARMCOL/ Dunlop Industrial Products stable, based in Howick. The diesel Bladder Tanks concept dates to the Nineteen Sixties for military applications and rapid deployment more than 60 years ago. Traditionally they have served many purposes the world over for Human Aid relief, ecological interventions and research in areas ranging from deserts to the Antarctic in the most extreme meteorological condition.
Because of the advancement in technology for the Diesel Bladder Tanks and other Bladder tank applications-, the initial nitrile rubber tanks which were heavy, cumbersome, expensive and not very chemically resistance, these nitrile rubber tanks have been replaced by more modern lighter and chemically resistant materials which are much easier to handle and work with. These technological advancements have made the Fuel Bladder Tanks even more safe and economical then the were ever before.
Today Fuel or diesel Bladder Tanks are used-, not only in the military and human aid like the United-Nations, they are used in the commercial, mining and other sectors as an economical and practical solution for Liquid Fuel transport and storage. The concept of Fuel or diesel bladder tanks has evolved into a complete logistical solution for companies in the commercial logistics and operational space.
What adds to the new deployment and application of the Fuel or Diesel Bladder Tanks is the fact that empty, they are small, lighter and easy to transport, which makes it the ideal solution into Africa where transport and logistics are expensive, it also allows for the trucking of a solid load one way and a liquid fuel on the return trip. This may cause savings up to 40% on transport costs, by having an additional option for a backload critical in the commercial success of any transport or logistics operation, especially on the African continent.
Transportable fuel or diesel bladder tanks can be of strategic importance for the mining, agriculture and other industries where a transporter of Mined Resources or harvested produce, who transports grain, Soy, Iron-ore, Coal, Manganese or other commodities many miles to port but has no backload to speak of, even more so in side-, or back-tippers. In the Australian outback, Brazil and Africa there are often long distance transport requirements and bladders are often the best solution for the back haul.
The deployment of Fuel Bladder Tanks on the ground, whether secured in a container or stand alone, can create very large storage solutions for liquids within a few weeks while the building of ridged solid tanks may take months or years of planning building and erecting these structures. Additionally, as already referred to above, the transport for example 2 x 500 000 Liter empty tank creating a million liter storage depot can be effected with a few weeks and last for at least five to ten years, the life of an economical cycle of a mine.
For mining of coal or farming and specifically sugar/molasses, the cost of logistics and Fuel Bladder tanks to be deployed will be part of the costing and will in a large part determine the economical viability of a farming or mining operation.
Fuel bladder tanks really are the modern, efficient and most economical way to handle liquids in the fast changing environment we live in
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