Good morning Bill,
It’s with real pleasure that I put “pen to paper” with this latest piece of good news from AXI Australia.
Pneumark Automation have been working with the AXI team in the USA for the last 12 months on providing Perth Airport in Western Australia with a “state-of-the-art” AXI International model FPS-MX-F fuel polishing system for the new standby diesel generator fuel tank at the recently completed T2 domestic terminal. Perth airport is one of the busiest airports in the Southern hemisphere, providing flight facilities to the enormous “fly-in, fly-out” crews of the Western Australia oil, gas & mining industries and had as such, rapidly outgrown the old domestic terminal.
The successful contractor on this project was Genaust Power & Water, based in Dudley Park, South Australia. A leading supplier in Australia of standby power generation systems, Genaust Power & Water personnel have a combined industry experience of over 90 years, with trained staff covering diesel engines, tank design and electrical systems. The tank side of the contract was a 7000 litre horizontal above-ground cylinder tank with a “fuel scrubber” installed to ensure optimum fuel quality at all times. Genaust provided a custom version of the AXI International FPS-MX-F fuel polishing system which incorporated a custom auto-drain system with a secondary pump discharging detected waste fluids to an external waste tank.
What made this project such a success, from my point of view, was Genaust’s attention to detail. I was really impressed with the quality of their work and am pleased to list the factors which Genaust included in their design build, installation and commissioning work. These were:
1. A double skin tank, with the interior skin being stainless steel. This will ensure virtually zero rust formation in the fuel over the next 30 to 50 years.
2. A 7.5 degree slope on the tank towards a low point where the suction line of the FPS-MX-F-SP inlet is positioned. This is the absolute best we can ask for Bill.
3. A cowl on the end of the tank which houses all the fuel polishing and transfer systems, providing protection from the vagaries of the Australian climate.
4. A weather-proof stainless steel enclosure within the above cowl encompassing (a) the control systems, being the SFC-50 and custom Auto-Drain control boxes, (b) the FPS-MX-F fuel polishing system and (c) the custom built Auto-Drain system which AXI International designed to upgrade this FPS system.
5. Oversize suction & return lines. There was no skimping on this job Bill. Just as I wanted.
6. The suction line went to within 10mm of the tank bottom. Need I say more…
7. During the commissioning at their premises, every tool, fitting and electrical component was immediately made available. What an absolute pleasure.
So, with true conviction, I say “Well done Genaust”. You did it right ! A new era in fuel quality management has been well and truly launched in Australia!
Photographs attached are:
1. Peter Holt of Pneumark Automation Pty Ltd handing over the commissioned AXI model FPS-MX-F fuel polishing system to Martin Oates, Technical Director of Genaust Power & Water, Dudley Park, South Australia..
2. 7000 litre above ground fuel storage tank – Genaust Power & Water. Note the slope of the tank, enabling contaminants to be concentrated at FPS unit suction pipe intake.
3. Peter Holt, Technical Director, Pneumark Automation, Australian representatives for AXI International , showing Mr Martin Oates of Genaust Power & Water the alarm system incorporated into the FPS-MX-F fuel polishing system supplied for Perth Airport.
Kind regards to you all Bill,
Pneumark Automation Pty Ltd