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Fuel Polishing

ChemKleen Environmental Solutions provides advanced, on-site fuel polishing services that returns your weathered, degraded or otherwise contaminated fuels back to specifications similar or equivalent to newly manufactured or fresh product.

Benefits include: 

  • increased equipment run-time & reliability
  • reduced operation & maintenance costs
  • improved combustion performance & lower emissions
  • extend equipment and tank life
  • fire code compliance
  • CSA guidelines compliance
  • pre and post-treatment fuel analysis verifies fuel quality, provides confidence, & demonstrates due diligence
  • cleaned and certified tanks may result in lower insurance rates
  • reduces the need to buy replacement fluids
  • saves costly disposal fees and conserves resources
  • it’s efficient, cost effective and smart

Every litre of contaminated diesel, gasoline, fuel oil or jet fuel you reclaim using the ChemKleen Processing System is a litre you don’t need to buy and a litre you don’t need to dispose of.

We offer a full range of fuel polishing services that are professionally scoped to meet your specific needs. Our systems and equipment are fully mobile and allow us to service small to very large systems. We can service remote locations by plane, helicopter, ship, or barge, often with no interruption to equipment operations.

ChemKleen’s fuel polishing process utilizes separation, coalescing and filtration processes to remove water, sediment, non-combustible particulate matter and microbial contamination to levels consistent with standards such as ISO and ASTM, all while preserving key characteristics such as BTU value, lubricity, cetane or octane rating, and cold-flow properties.

It is important to note that improper filtration may strip fuels (particularly diesel, kerosene, home heating oils, and some jet fuels) of their natural properties and additives that provide the fuel with key properties such as lubricity and BTU value. ChemKleen’s process’ and trained technicians ensure that key components and additives are not stripped from the fuel, preserving key characteristics.

Cleaning fuel or other fluids without cleaning the storage tank, can leave behind a layer of microbial growth on the tank walls and bottom. This is why, while reclaiming the fluid, ChemKleen also employs the use of proprietary nozzles to remove microbial growth from the storage tank’s walls and bottom. We utilize purpose-built nozzles for gentle rinsing to removal of the toughest residues; we have a tank cleaning solution for tanks up to 30m (100’) in diameter.

Upon completion of fluid polishing and tank cleaning, biocide, fuel stabilizer and fuel conditioner can be added, and full fuel polishing documentation will be provided.

Why is fuel polishing needed? 

All industrial fluids (gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, lube oil, glycols etc.) can become contaminated and degrade over time. Even when delivered, stored and transferred with great care, these fluids can accumulate water (through condensation, entry through open vents, etc.) and dirt (airborne particles), which will accelerate the natural degradation of the fluid and result in free and dissolved water, emulsions, microbes, rust, and sludge in your systems.

Diesel fuel is especially susceptible to degradation. Under normal storage conditions, diesel fuel will remain in a usable condition for between six and twelve months, depending on ambient temperature. Additionally, if your diesel fuel has been stored for longer than a few months, there is a strong likelihood of contamination. Read more about this in our Blog post.

This degradation and contamination will impact equipment efficiency, reliability and longevity.

Signs of diesel contamination and degradation include:

  • clogged fuel lines and fuel filters
  • damaged fuel injection pumps
  • injector tip failure
  • frozen water in fuel lines or filters
  • gelling of fuel
  • poor combustion performance
  • poor quality emissions
  • lube oil contamination

In addition to being a good operational practice, fuel polishing can also ensure compliance with regulatory requirements regarding fuel quality, and storage.

Whenever you rely on your diesel engine’s operation, the risk of failure and the resultant loss is far too costly to ignore.