Biofuel Refinery

Supporting Biofuels

Designed to replace “fossil fuels” gasoline, diesel fuel and coal, Biofuels are made mostly from plants that have just been harvested.

The main types of Biofuel are shown in the table below along with their equivalent Fossil Fuel and the key differences.

 

 

Global Biofuels production rose by 2.6% in 2016, although well below the 10 year average of 14.1% this was faster than in 2015 (0.4%) although the chart below shows the demand for Biofuels will continue to grow worldwide over the next 30 years

 

Demand for biodiesel will see faster growth, particularly in the Asia/Pacific region, Central and South America, and the Africa/Mideast region.

In many cases, rising biodiesel demand in developing countries will establish consumption mandates that will be intended to reduce dependence on imported petroleum products.

 

Key Facts

  • Most gasoline and diesel fuels in North America and Europe are blended with biofuel.
  • Bio diesel accounts for about 3% of the German market and 0.15% of the U.S. market.
  • About 25 billion gallons of ethanol and 1 billion gallons of biodiesel are produced annually.
  • Bioethanol is more popular in the Americas while biodiesel is more popular in Europe.
  • The U.S. and Brazil produce 87% of the world’s fuel ethanol.
  • Ethanol is added to gasoline to improve octane and reduce emissions.
  • Biodiesel is added to petroleum-based diesel to reduce emissions and improve engine life.

 

How we can help

We have numerous products that support the Biofuel Industry including…..

 

Loading Arms

If you load or unload rail or road tankers our Top & Bottom Loading Arms are perfect for you and are available in a variety of styles to meet any of your requirements.

  • Variable ReachFixed Reach
  • A Frame
  • Long Range
  • Triple Range

They are generally made in Stainless Steel and come with a range of seals. However, both more and less exotic materials are also available on request.

Available in sizes from 1″ to 6″ and in right or left-hand configuration.

Optional Extras

  • Vapour recovery
  • API Couplers
  • NDT Tests
  • Micro switches
  • Locking devices and overfill sensor
  • Stand posts are available on request to allow you to position your arm wherever your requirement dictates.
  • Pneumatics

ATEX and PED Certification is also available

 

Swivel joints

Our extensive range of quality Swivels come in many styles and allow your pipe or hose to rotate smoothly cancelling out the threat of torque and torsion causing damage.

  • Available in Aluminium, Carbon & Stainless Steel
  • Sizes from 1″ to 72”

 

Couplings

  • Offering quick, safe and dry connections
  • Simply push and turn to connect, then turn and pull to disconnect.
  • Compatible with Todo and Avery Hardoll under the STANAG 3756 agreement.

Dry Disconnect COuplings

Perfect for connecting to:

  • Hose
  • Road and Rail Tankers
  • IBC’s
  • Tanks
  • Drum Filling Equipment
  • Pipework
  • Ships
  • Loading Arms

 

Access Stairs

  • We offer a range of equipment to provide your workers with a safe working environment.
  • Designed and engineered to your requirement, we will work with you with the aim of eliminating the hazard of falling from height, one of the most common injuries in a work place.
  • Reliable and easy to operate, making them perfect for any situation.

If you are involved in the Biofuel Industry and would like to discuss your needs further, then get in touch with Mike and Guy on 01763 248650 or sales@ewfm.co.uk

Gin and Whisky sales keep going up!

With the Gin and Whisky distilling industry experiencing continued growth year on year, 53 new distilleries opening in the UK in 2016.   At EWFM we have seen greater demand for our equipment from our ever growing customer base.

Figures from the Food & Drink Federation show Whisky and Gin as being in the top 10 products exported in the UK during H1 2017.

Whisky

As the biggest food and drink export in the UK (at over £4 billion in 2016) a thriving whisky market is crucial for the UK.

Scotch whisky is in high demand all around the world as the map below shows which has led to new distilleries opening across the UK. In Scotland alone at least 30 have opened over the last few years.

The map below shows Scotch Whisky exports (markets valued over £1mn)

 

And 2016 was the first time ever that single malt exports exceeded £1bn…

Gin

The growing popularity of gin has led to an increase in the demand for it and has seen more gin distilleries starting up.   Over the last six years, the number of gin distilleries in the UK has risen by over 50%.

 

By the end of 2015, there were 233 licensed UK producers.

In 2016, dubbed the ‘Year of Gin’ by the Wine and Spirit Trade Association , UK sales of gin broke the £1 billion sales mark for the first time, with exports having increased by over 33% in the past 5 years.

  • British gin is now sold in 139 Countries worldwide
  • UK export of gin to USA has risen by over 500% in the last decade
  • 28 G&Ts are consumed each year for every person of drinking age

 

How we can help

We have been supporting the Gin and Whisky Distilling Industry over the last decade and have supplied some of the UK’s largest distilleries with our knowledge, expertise and products. The two main ways we do this are:-

 

Engineered Delivery Nozzle

  • Designed for filling a wide variety of fluids into storage containers such as IBCs, drums and casks
  • Choose between a Manual Dispensing Nozzle or an Automatic Nozzle.
  • Available in sizes 0.5”, 1”, 1.5” and 2”
  • Generally supplied in Stainless Steel (other materials available upon request)
  • FDA Seals

Engineered Delivery Nozzles

Drum Filling Head

  • Used for filling drums, IBCs, totes, barrels and casks.
  • Available in sizes 0.5”, 1”, 1.5” and 2”
  • FDA Seals
  • It is generally supplied with one product port and one vapour port.
  • Materials available include Stainless Steel (other materials available upon request)
  • Automatic Level Sensor and fitted with an Endress & Hauser tuning fork overfill level sensor to provide a signal for liquid shut-off when wired to your system/pump.

Engineered Drum Filling Head

If you would like more information on how we can support your Distillery then get in touch with Mike and Guy on 01763 248650 or sales@ewfm.co.uk to discuss your needs further.

Safety Access Systems

Keep your site safe with our Safety Access Systems

At EWFM we have been helping our customers to keep their site safe by supplying Safety Access Systems for many years to various Industries including:-

……………and to countries all over the world

Keeping your workers and delivery drivers safe is crucial to any business and we at EWFM can offer our standard range of safe access products to support you.  We can also offer you the design and fabrication of your own bespoke system allowing us to cater for any request.

 

What we can offer

 

Folding Stairs

  • For helping with the loading and maintenance of top loading road and rail tankers
  • If your workers need access to heights they are designed to provide them with a safe working environment
  • Supplied with handrails that run from the top fixed step to the last moving step and manufactured in mild steel
  • Comply to the latest ATEX Directives
  • Available in either manual or pneumatic operated options

Pneumatic Step Unit Illustration                                                                                                                 Manual Step unit with cage illustration

Optional safety cages are also available to provide further protection from accidental falls during operation.

 

Folding Platforms

  • Providing safe access for your operator when moving between the gantry and the top of the tanker when there is little or no variation in tanker height
  • Also known as Bridging Access Platforms, they bridge the gap between a loading bay and a tanker when loading and unloading goods
  • Manufactured in mild steel and coated in hot dipped galvanised
  • Provides protection from harsh environmental elements is therefore making it suitable for chemical and corrosive conditions
  • Platforms are available in a variety of widths allowing us to meet most user requirements
  • A manual foot lock secures the platform in position

Gantry Stands

  • Fully customisable, our Gantry Stands are created to suit your operations, or a newly specially engineered access system can be designed
  • This allows your operators a safe handrail enclosed area at the required height whilst allowing access to tanks, trucks and platforms
  • For access from ground level to Gantry platform we can offer you Ladder & Stair Way Kits
  • They come flat-packed and pre-drilled for on-site assembly
  • For the safety of the operator pneumatics, hydraulics and electrics can be incorporated, depending on the operation of the system

 

Fail-safe features can also be incorporated into your engineered Gantry, including:-

  • Interlocks
  • Speed Controls
  • Automatic Locking Devices
  • Tilt Features
  • Folding Features

If you are unsure how to solve your safety issue, you are planning a new setup, or refurbishment of your existing system then get in touch with Mike and Guy on 01763 248650 or sales@ewfm.co.uk to discuss your needs further.

Oil refinery

Helping your Oil Refinery

What is an Oil refinery?

An Oil refinery is an industrial plant that refines crude oil into petroleum products such as diesel, gasoline and heating oils. Oil refineries essentially serve as the second stage in the production process following the actual extraction by oil rigs.

Oil refineries are typically large complexes with extensive piping running throughout, carrying streams of fluids between processing units. There is also usually an oil depot (tank farm) at or near an oil refinery for the storage of incoming crude oil feedstock as well as bulk liquid products.

 

Demand

Today, the global demand for petroleum products per barrel breaks down roughly as follows:

  • 40% for light distillates (fuel)
  • 40% for middle distillates (fuel oil, diesel)
  • 20% for heavy distillates (wax, asphalt)

For 2016, the IEA Oil Market Report had forecast a worldwide average demand of nearly 96 million barrels of oil and liquid fuels per day – that works out to more than 35 billion barrels a year.

 

The Downturn

As many in the oil sector know in 2015 the price per barrel dropped significantly affecting thousands of companies worldwide.  Industry wide the knock-on effect was that many large projects were postponed or cancelled.  The reasons cited, among other factors were:

  • Oversupply
  • Declining Demand
  • A Strong US Dollar
  • The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)

In turn this caused many companies in the chain severe problems with many going into liquidation.

On the other front, like us at EWFM the downturn caused many companies to diversify and expand into other areas. At EWFM we now supply to the Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Food and Drink industries.

 

On the up?

It now however looks like the price of oil is on the up.  We have already noticed an increase in projects and EWFM are here ready to help worldwide.

How can we help?


Loading arms

EWFM supply the whole range of road and rail loading arms. Be it for Hydrocarbons, Chemicals or Bitumen we have a loading arms suitable for almost everything.

Check out our Loading Arms and Unloading Arms page for more information

 

Swivel Joints

EWFM, we believe, offer one of the largest range of Swivel Joints. Sizes from ½” up to 72” in standard and engineered designs. Challenge us with your requirement.

Check out our Swivel Joints page for more information

 

Couplings

EWFM are a master distributor for the standard range of Mann-tek couplings. The couplings are compatible with TODO, Avery Hardoll etc under the Stanag 3756 agreement. These are offered at very competitive prices and are perfect for connecting to your road or rail tankers.  Where these are not suitable we also offer a range of engineered and API couplings.

Check out our Couplings page for more information.

 

Breakaway Couplings

Stop drive away incidents at your refinery! It is always a worry that the truck or train will drive away prior to disconnection of a loading arm.  Install one of our standard breakaways and reduce the risk of damage to your equipment, gantry and potentially personnel.

Check out our Breakaway Couplings page for more information.

 

Floating Suction Units

Most refineries have a tank farm. Ensure you draw out the purist fuel with EWFM’s floating suction units. Available in sizes from 2” up to 36” in various materials.  Send us your next requirement.

Check out our Storage tank equipment page for more information.

 

 

 

Should you have a requirement or are interested in hearing more of what EWFM has to offer, please contact us now via:

Email – sales@Ewfm.co.uk

Telephone – +44 (0) 1763 248650

 

LNG and LPG Transfer

EWFM supporting LNG and LPG transfer

LNG – Liquefied Natural Gas

Is Natural Gas in a liquefied state. This is achieved by reducing the temperature of the gas down to about −163 °C (−260 °F).  This makes the LNG easier to store and transport as the volume is greatly reduced.  Specially designed cryogenic road tankers and ships are used to transport LNG.

Primarily LNG is used to simplify the transport of natural gas from its source to its destination where it is returned to a gas and pushed into the natural gas pipeline infrastructure. LNG is also used in vehicles, particularly large trucks, and ships. LNG as a shipping fuel can help significantly reduce the environmental impacts of maritime transport due to less air polluting emissions. Maritime transport is increasingly being seen as a good alternative to land-based transport due to the world’s long coastlines and large number of coastal ports.

Clearly the market is growing, the number of ports offering LNG bunkering facilities is growing, and the number of LNG powered ships is growing. Also oil companies are adding this media to their portfolios.

 

LPG – Liquefied Petroleum Gas

Is a mixture of gaseous hydrocarbons produced from natural gas and oil extraction and from oil refining. This flammable gas is also known as propane or butane. It is used as fuel in vehicles, heating appliances and cooking equipment.

Mainly supplied in cylinders it has a wide range of uses in many markets such as domestic, hospitality, agricultural, sailing, fishing and construction. It can serve as fuel for water heating, central heating and cooking and is a particularly efficient and cost effective way to heat homes not on the grid.


Let’s take a look at a few products that EWFM can offer to this market:

 

Loading Arms

Specifically for LPG, EWFM supply the Triple Range Bottom Loading Arm – Model 2503-BC-LPG which has five swivel joints giving it full vertical and horizontal rotation. It has a safety breakaway coupling which prevents spillage and a spring balance system for ease of movement. Available in Carbon Steel, Low Temperature Steel and Stainless Steel in sizes 2”x1½”, 2”x2”, 3”x2” and 3”x3”.

Swivel Joints

EWFM supply the whole range of cryogenic swivel joints.  Be it a standard Swivel joint with low temperature seals or a large bore engineered swivel joint with nitrogen purges.  Send us your requirements and we will recommend a solution.

Cryogenic Couplings

The EWFM Cryogenic Couplings have been designed to operate at temperatures of -163°C and -196°C where safety, ease of use and reliability are paramount. The Cryogenic Coupling is made up of two parts – a Hose Unit and a Tank Unit. Operation is a single action using a straight forward tuning motion to connect the couplings and open the flow path. They are in available in Stainless Steel in sizes 1” to 8”.

Breakaway Couplings

Safety Breakaway Couplings have been successfully used to prevent pull-away accidents in the petroleum, chemical and LPG industries all over the world. The Cryogenic version can work at -200°C and EWFM can supply either and Industrial or Marine version. They are in available in Stainless Steel in sizes 1” to 10”.

  • Industrial Cryogenic Breakaway coupling is typically installed on to a loading arm or hose assembly where at least one side is attached to a fixed point.
  • Marine Cryogenic Breakaway coupling is designed to only release by inline pull only and is used between two lengths of hose.

 

Should you have a similar requirement or are interested in hearing more of what EWFM has to offer, please contact us now via:

Email –  sales@Ewfm.co.uk

Telephone – +44 (0) 1763 248650

EWFM Supporting Subsea Oil and Gas

EWFM Supporting Subsea Oil and Gas

At EWFM we have been supporting the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry in the UK and Worldwide for over 20 years. Our range of products include swivel joints, rotary unions, couplings and hoses, they are all engineered and designed to your individual requirements

One of the highlights of our previously completed jobs include working with Petrobras and Oil States to supply 10” & 18” Deep Sea Swivels at 3000m below sea level for pipe laying in the South Atlantic – (at the time of supply 18” were the largest ever manufactured)

They were designed for use with

  • Both oil and gas.
  • External and internal working pressure of 5000psi
  • Supplied for J or S pipeline lay
  • Designed for removing the torque in the pipeline lay
  • They were activated with an ROV

 

We also actively supply hose reel swivels for offshore applications working on major ships worldwide catering for various Medias including many hydrocarbons, chemicals and gases

Many of these projects require high standards of certification.  We have worked closely with the likes of DNV, Lloyds, SGS, CCS and Bureau Veritas to provide various third party witness tests.  As standard we also provide 3.1 Material Certification, however 3.2 has been offered where required

We have completed various other tests and certification requirements – challenge us with yours!

With the demand for natural gas set to double over the coming years and with predictions of continued rises in the price of oil over the next decade.  We at EWFM can work with you through the jobs that you are completing with our experience and knowledge helping to support you with your future projects

We pride ourselves on the quality and longevity on all of our products

If you would like to know more about how we are supporting the Subsea Oil and Gas Industry our products or ways in which we can support your work then please contact Mike or Guy on +44 1763 248670 or at sales@ewfm.co.uk to discuss your needs further

64 Swivel Joints

EWFM supply 64 Swivel Joints to Tetra Pak

EWFM are very excited to be able to share our project with Tetra Pak.  Last year we were contacted with a request to supply 32 Swivel Joints for saturated steam and 32 Swivel Joints for water.  The Swivel Joints were to be used to update the articulating arms which were leaking and causing maintenance and safety issues.

Guy, working closely with the customer, ensured they were quoted the most cost effective, yet high quality solution. Due to temperatures reaching up to 185˚C the Swivels needed to have special high temperature Viton seals.  Our 5” Carbon Steel 2175 Swivel Joint in style 20 and 30 configurations was the chosen and ordered design.  With 2 sets of ball bearings and easy seal replacement it offered the perfect solution to allow the articulated pipework to move freely when the saturated steam was passing through.

As you can see these Swivels were supplied painted in a light Grey (RAL 7001).  Tetra Pak were so happy with this paint finish that they contacted us for advice on painting the rest of the arm to this specification.

The picture below shows these Swivels in situ:-

We also supplied 2.5” Stainless Steel 2175 Swivel Joints for water.  These Swivels helped support two arms that ran in parallel either side to the steam arms.  The water was used to cool the steam further along the process.  These Swivels were supplied in style 30 configuration.

This picture shows a close-up of these Swivels:-

The Swivels were manufactured, delivered within 12 working weeks and supplied with maintenance instructions and 3.1 material certification.

After several months of use Tetra Pak confirmed that the Swivels are working very well and they are very satisfied.  That’s another happy Customer for EWFM!

Should you have a similar requirement or are interested in hearing more of what EWFM has to offer, please contact us now via:

Email –  sales@Ewfm.co.uk

Telephone – +44 (0) 1763 248650

Compact Swivels

Compact Swivels are perfect for fitting into a tight spot.  The design offers lightweight construction with combination bearings.  We believe this Swivel is the most compact design on the market.  Although commonly designed around the industry standard ASME 150lb flange dimensions, on request, it is also possible to re-drill to match other flange faces.  High and low temperature modifications are also available on request.

 

The ­Compact Swivel Joint can be specified where a very low stack height is required.  Please note the minimal standard nut clearance between the flanges.

 

If a higher load capacity is required please take a look at our Engineered Swivel Joints or send us an enquiry with your requirements.  For minimal load requirements our Swivel Joint 2004 and 3996 Series may fit the bill with their basic low profile design.

 

Materials
  • Carbon Steel
  • Stainless Steel 316L

 

Sizes (inches)
  • 2”, 3”, 4”, 5”, 6”, 8”, 10”, 12”

ANSI 150lb flanges (others are also available on request)

 

Seal Materials
  • Nitrile
  • Flourocarbon
  • PTFE

 

Take a look at our Swivel Joints page for the comprehensive range available.

 

For more information on our Compact Swivel Joints, contact us direct by:

EWFM Hose

Composite Hose

Composite Hose is used in the Petrochemical, Marine, and Industrial markets. EWFM supply Hose Assemblies for loading arm applications and aircraft refuelling.

Fluids that composite hose can be used for include petroleum, chemicals, aggressive acids, and biofuels.  EWFM also supply vapour hose for hydrocarbon products and cryogenic hose for liquid gas transfer.

Hose can be supplied in Standard, Heavy Duty and Biofuel versions and in a wide range of sizes.

 

High Standards

  • The standard EN ISO 1825-2011 covers rubber hoses and hose assemblies for aircraft ground fuelling and defueling.
  • Hose meeting this standard can be used within a temperature range -30C to +65C.
  • The maximum working pressure including pressure surges is limited to 20bar (2.0 MPa).
  • The smooth bore of the hose increases efficiency.
  • Markings are available showing factory cure date, the grade and standard numbers, the NATO Stock Number, and the manufacturer.

 

The Length we will go to

Is only limited to your specification, you just have to enquire.

 

Couplings

A wide range of couplings and accessories are also available and include TTMA, Camlock, fixed or swivel fittings, additionally EWFM also supply API 4” couplers for loading arm applications.

 

Accessories

If you are looking for your hose to stand out and be easily recognisable, you may also be interested in ­Colour Coded Hose and Pipe Covers.

Bottom Loading Arms

Bottom Loading Arms – For Road and Rail Tankers

EWFM supply a range of Bottom Loading Arms for the safe transfer of liquid and gases to tank trucks and rail cars.  Bottom loading arms are specifically designed for filling from bottom, rear, or side connections.

 

Our Bottom loading arms come in various models and configurations.  The most common, the model 740/750, consists of a fixed reach boom with a flexible hose working as the drop pipe (this can be rigid on request).  More often than not our bottom loading arms are equipped with an API or Dry disconnect coupling for quick and easy connection to the tanker.  All our loading arms consist of swivel joints and balancing spring cylinders that allow the arms to manoeuvre smoothly, assisting the operator.  Long reach and variable reach configurations are available on request where the distance to the tanker may be greater than standard.

 

Most importantly all our arms are made to order.  Drawings for approval are made prior to manufacture to ensure the customer is getting the right arm for the job.

 

Advantages
  • Safety – access platforms not required
  • Speed – as several compartments can be filled simultaneously

 

Mounting/Fixing

Loading arms can be mounted on a stand post or via a plate to an existing wall.  If you have a fixing already in place please send us drawings and we will quote for suitable arms.

 

Special Applications

EWFM can supply bottom loading arms for the following applications:

  • Hydrocarbon
  • Chemical
  • LPG
  • Hot Products – heated/jacketed
  • Food

 

Accessories

There are also a numerous accessories which can be fitted to the bottom loading arm to make it more effective and ergonomic:

  • API Coupler Locking Device
  • API Coupler Proximity Switch
  • Colour Coded Hose and Pipe Covers
  • Hose Assemblies
  • Loading Arm Support Units
  • Pneumatic Control System
  • Sight Glass
  • Loading Arm Signal Switches

 

For more information or to send us an enquiry please contact us by: