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Melones for Liquid Terminal

Tarsco/ATEC Steel – Process, Piping, Electrical and Controls – 2012

Location: Melones Island, Panama

Matrix PDM Engineering, along with an international tank supplier/construction company provided process, piping, electrical and controls, and civil and structural engineering design services for a new bunkering tank farm facility on Melones Island, located five miles off the coast of Panama. Additional services provided included construction engineering support and major equipment procurement.

Tanks included: (6) 150 ft. diameter x 70 ft. high heavy fuel oil tanks and (6) 100 ft. diameter x 60 ft. high heavy fuel oil tanks, (2) 75 ft. diameter x 60 ft. high heavy fuel oil tanks and diesel fuel tanks, and (4) 3,500 bbl/hr blended product transfer pumps and two, 1,500 bbl/hr diesel fuel transfer pumps.

Scope of Work

  • 16 total tanks with 2.1 million barrel total capacity and total construction cost of approximately $50 million
  • Two diesel driven fire water pumps provided with fresh water jockey pump
  • Mass flow metering system for diesel to fuel oil blending suitable for simultaneous loadout to four barge docks
  • Diesel driven and electric powered air compressor/receivers
  • Oil/water separator provided along with all auxiliary water removal pumps
  • 130-degree hot oil boiler systems for heavy fuel oil heating
  • Self-contained sewage treatment system with lift systems
  • Four barge loading and two ship unloading hydraulic operated dock cranes
  • Emergency shut down valves at dock, shore, and tanks
  • PLC programming and control systems
  • Freshwater cistern system with pumping station
  • Designed the infrastructure facilities on the island for approximately 20 operations personnel

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