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Pittsburgh Corning has supplied more than 5,000m2 of Foamglas for Rubis Terminal storage tanks in Rotterdam.

Rubis Terminal specialises in bulk-storage and blending in the petrochemical and energy sectors.

Its Rotterdam terminal receives, stores and turns around large quantities of hydrocarbons within short periods.

Their storage tanks are not heated but instead rely on good insulation to ensure that the hydrocarbons are still warm and fluid enough to be pumped out.

In 2008, the total storage capacity was 82,000m.

Since then, a second phase has increased the capacity to 130,000m.

The Rubis tanks are not heated but are fully insulated and installed with 100mm of Foamglas HLB 1000 as tank-base insulation.

The Foamglas HLB tank base insulation plays a role in conditioning tank contents and reducing energy losses.

Typical energy savings can be up to 70 per cent or more.

The Foamglas HLB is bedded onto the concrete foundations with cold-bitumen adhesive.

An asphalt-sand layer on the Foamglas acts as a levelling and pressure-distribution layer on which the storage tanks are built.

Foamglas HLB 1000 has an average compressive strength of 100 tonnes/m without deformation.

The whole system is tested under the water pressure from 13,000m water taken from the harbour, which is pumped from one tank to the next.

Foamglas insulation is engineered for extreme temperature applications, from extremely hot temperatures from 480C to cryogenic cold applications reaching -268C.

Foamglas insulation is a lightweight, rigid material composed of millions of completely sealed glass cells, providing long-lasting performance and requiring little or no maintenance.

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