Monday, April 15, 2019

Shell Malaysia Officially Opens New Storage Tank and New Loading Bay at Wesports, Port Klang

Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd have been busy. Aside from recently making two of their Shell Select Stations into eco-friendly buildings that fall under the Green Building Index (GBI) they recently launched a new cutting-edge fuel storage tank and an additional loading bay at Westports over in Port Klang. The new storage tank was constructed to boost the company's capability to meet the growing demand for Shell fuels in the Central region of Peninsular Malaysia.

The new tank is the tenth storage tank owned by Shell at the terminal located at Westports. The new storage facility  was constructed under Phase 4 of the Shell Westports Terminal Expansion Plan. It has a total volume of 10 million litres and has been constructed using the jack-up method. 

According to Shell Malaysia, the construction method differs from the traditional bottom-up process as here, the top section of the tank including the roof is constructed first before being lifted with hydraulics. Think of it as large jacks which you use for your cars, but here, these jacks hold up the roof and the builders then attach the top part of the storage tank walls and slowly build their way down, assembly is basically done top down. 

Once finished, the hydraulic jacks are removed and the new walls hold up the roof and everything else. This minimises the use of scaffolding, the need for workers to work at height and enabled construction to proceed safely and get completed ahead of schedule, despite space restrictions and ongoing activities in the vicinity.

Aside from the new storage tank, the expansion plan also included a new loading bay with six loading arms configured to dispense three important Shell fuel products. These are Shell's Fuelsave 95, V-Power 97 and Fuelsave Euro 5 Diesel and they can be dispensed to the fuel tankers at a rate of 1,800 litres a minute. This increases the efficiency of loading processes for road tankers. The tankers now can be fully loaded in just 25 minutes, which significantly reduces the congestion at the Klang Valley Distribution Terminal (KVDT) and the speed also gets the tanker prime movers out to the Shell stations faster.

According to Datuk lain, Shell has been fuelling Malaysia’s progress for the past 128 years and will continue to invest in strengthening its presence in the country by offering not just top-quality products, but also efficient services that meet the needs of consumers and businesses.

The launch of the new facilities at Shell Wesports marked the successful completion of Phase 4 of the Shell Westports Terminal Expansion Plan which is proof of the close co-operation and high safety standards adopted by the teams from Shell Malaysia, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, the project consultants and contractors.

The new facilities were officially launched by Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia and Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, Group Managing Director of Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd. 

L to R Suresh Nair, Supply Operations Manager – Malaysia & Indonesia, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Eddie Lee, Chief Executive Officer, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Shairan Huzaini Husain, Managing Director, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd, Datuk Iain Lo, Chairman, Shell Malaysia, Datuk Ruben Emir Gnanalingam, Group Managing Director, Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd & Kevin Ranatunga, Facilities Manager, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd

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