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June 23, 2009

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Hazardous substances- Chemical storage

Sheffield-based designer and manufacturer of fencing Betafence recently turned to Denios to provide solutions for storage of hazardous chemicals.

Mike Southworth, of Betafence, explains: “For some of our main chemicals the usage figures are really dramatic, such as some 6000 litres of hydrochloric acid per day on three galvanising lines. Zinc ammonium chloride is also much in evidence – as a pre-treatment flux prior to the molten-zinc galvanising process, with each flux bath containing around 5000 litres. We also use numerous other liquids, such as mineral oil, sulphuric acid and alkaline neutraliser, but in slightly smaller volumes.”

Denios says its solution is based on 12 heavy-gauge plastic Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) of 1000-litre capacity, fitted with robust steel cages, of which three are situated adjacent to the production lines, with different contents and assisted by delivery platforms. Spare IBCs are located outside within two large storage units, which guarantee safe storage. Heavy-duty, PPG 26-compliant sumps prevent water pollution in the event of a spill, and a naturally vented environment, adds Denios.  

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