A crane was used to lift the new

Vanderhoof Co-op installs new petroleum bulk plant

Vanderhoof Co-op is in the process of installing a new bulk petroleum plant to keep up with an increasing fuel demand.

Vanderhoof Co-op is in the process of installing a new bulk petroleum plant to keep up with an increasing fuel demand.

Last week, 20 new petroleum storage tanks were put into place at the Co-op bulk plant site on Highway 16, to the west of town.

The new tanks, which hold 148,000 litres of petroleum, will replace the 12 93,000 litre tanks already at the site.

The larger tanks will create a 165 per cent increase in storage capacity at the plant.

The next few weeks will see the installation of piping, monitoring systems and other requirements for the use of the new tanks. Painting and decaling of the tanks with then occur with the Co-op identification. The tanks are planned to be in use by July this year.

“The new tanks will provide just short of three million litres of storage,” said Allan Bieganski, Operations Manager at Vanderhoof Co-op.

“It’s a result of our demand growth in the petroleum department that we’re going through,” he said.

Last year total litres from the bulk plant location in Vanderhoof grew by 15 per cent. Bieganski says he is projecting similar increases for the upcoming years.

“The 2011 increased growth is due to strong winter cut and increased mining activity in the area – trends that should continue into the coming years,” he said.

The increased storage will also ensure there is enough petroleum at the plant to buffer potential delays in fuel being transported in.

“We cannot risk having ‘just in time’ inventory,” said Bieganski.

He added that potential delays to incoming fuel, could be caused by bad winter road conditions, and other logistical problems that can occur from time to time with the trucking in of the fuel. He added that another potential delay could be caused if refineries have production problems due to breakdowns or temporary shutdown. In order to reduce the effects of these potential problems, the larger tanks will be kept full during peak selling periods of the year.

“This new tank set-up will give us 14 days of storage during these peak selling seasons,” said Bieganski.

The new tank system will also provide increased safety for the fuel truckers, as it will allow the drivers to bottom load the tanks, as opposed to the current system, where they are filled from an above platform.

The current 12-tank bulk plant won’t be removed until the spring of 2012, when the cardlock at the site will also be expanded, with more lanes and more dispensers.

An overhead canopy will also be installed.

The two-stage bulk plant expansion is estimated to be costing over $5.2 million.

Just Posted

Elderly woman struck and killed by train in Vanderhoof

At approximately 4:30 pm June 21, 2018, an elderly woman was struck… Continue reading

District of Vanderhoof contracts YMCA for aquatic centre

Announcement brings mixed reaction from community

Community and collaboration drive Binche Fishing Derby

Family time, forward thinking and positive initiatives to be highlighted

Nechako Valley Exhibition holding regional talent competition

Solo vocalists and instrumentalists wanted

Audit finds Canfor did not comply with bridge maintenance legislation

Per a news release issued by the Forest Practices board, an independent… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

In a matter of hours, women in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to drive

Change was announced as a royal decree in 2017 by Crown Prince Mohammen bin Salman

Feds announce measures to protect endangered whale species

Canada’s Whale Initiative is part of the federal government’s $1.5 billion Ocean Protection Plan

COC session vote approves Calgary as potential host for 2026 Olympics

Scott Hutcheson, chair of Calgary’s Olympic bid corporation — called vote a positive step forward

B.C. man wins job he was denied after saying he had depression

Transport Canada has been order to give Chris Hughes a high-level job and nearly $500,000

B.C. soldier shot down a century ago to be honoured

Norman Stuart Harper, of Kamloops, was killed on a bombing mission over Lahr, Germany, in 1918

Trump sends letter to Trudeau calling for increase in NATO defence spending

The letter comes as tensions between Canada and the United States have risen to a dramatic high

Most Read