Managing the risks of fuel contamination should be high on the radar for any business, but especially those reliant on fuel for critical power and business resilience.
It only takes a small about of contamination to jeopardise your back-up power and with an average minute of downtime costing an estimated £5224 for critical facilities such as Data Centres and banks, it’s essential that an effective fuel management strategy is in place.
Ensuring awareness of the signs of fuel contamination coupled an effective preventative fuel management plan can help reduce these risks and even prevent contamination entirely.
What is fuel contamination?
Contamination in fuel is typically caused by a foreign body, such as water entering the fuel, or due to stagnant fuel naturally degrading and damaging molecules.
Water is the most common and arguably the most damaging contaminate to find in your fuel tank as it promotes microbial growth along with numerous contamination chain reactions. Whether it’s free moving, emulsified or dissolved water, this contaminate can cause long term damage that’s detrimental to any backup generators or standby power systems.
When microbial growth forms it often settles at the bottom of the tank forming a layer of sludge that will collect in pipe works, block filters and eventually damage the tank.
The effects of fuel contamination can quickly multiply, reducing stability and over time render the fuel useless, impacting efficiency, cost and reliability. However, identifying contamination at an early stage will ensure that you can resolve the issue as quickly and easily as possible.
How do you spot potential fuel contamination?
Making sure your business is aware of the symptoms is the first step to prevention. WP’s engineers have compiled their top signs to look out for:
How do you prevent fuel contamination?
Our engineers at WP have compiled their top 5 tips on preventing fuel contamination:
Imposing preventative measures to reduce the risk of contamination is key, unfortunately many businesses wait until reactive services are required and with this comes substantial expense. Without a monitored, quality fuel supply and management plan, the risk of power outages, blackouts and other loss of power, dramatically increases.