Fuel Quality Testing
Effective Fuel Management
In 1981, Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS), former DNVPS, introduced the concept of Fuel Quality Testing (FQT) to help power generation and ship operators address the problems of deteriorating fuel quality and escalating prices.
Fuel quality unfortunately has not improved today and is in fact showing signs of further decline. Although this is largely due to increased secondary oil refining activities, there is also a rising incidence of fuels contaminated with industrial wastes, causing severe damage to engines and machinery.
Unpredictable fuel quality calls for greater attention to the fuel delivered to the plants operator ‘s site. Fuel analysis has become a necessity, especially since many suppliers cannot guarantee the final quality of their products as they move along the fuel supply chain.
Recommended practices to obtain maximum benefits from the FQT program:
- Increase fuel quality awareness of staff
- Order against carefully crafted specifications or recognized international standards
- Keep a five-day reserve of tested fuel
- Practice correct sampling procedures
- Ensure proper documentation
- Segregate incoming fuel
- Minimize commingling, pump remaining fuel into one tank
- Use buffer stock of tested fuel only
- Avoid taking risks, test all samples
- If use of defective fuel is unavoidable notify underwriters & supplier immediately
- Contact VPS for technical assistance on fuel handling in order to minimize damages
- Keep proper records of all fuel deliveries and test results. This may be needed in a dispute
- Test every fuel delivery sample, as testing is cheaper than repair costs