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Cost Saving, Risk Free Fuel Test Solution for Offshore Oil Company


A major oil company, that depended 100% on a fleet of backup generators, found that the auxiliary power systems were failing because the fuel system was clogged up with contamination known as ‘Diesel Bug’. A huge cost was incurred, and safety of life could have been put at risk.

It directed its supplier to find a testing system that would accurately identify the health of the fuel tank in each generator but could be done on the rig without having to be flown off, at great cost, to a laboratory.

The Solution

FUELSTAT® testing kits offered the solution. It allowed all tanks to be tested on site in minutes for microbial contamination, and by any personnel without any scientific training.

FUELSTAT® gives easy to interpret results (Green/Amber/Red traffic light system) in 15 minutes and using cutting edge Immunoassay antibody technology it cannot be cross contaminated meaning sterile laboratory conditions are not required, or any additional costly equipment.

The Outcome

By instigating a three monthly testing regime, both the supplier and the oil company operating the rig are now certain that they have the correct analysis of the state of the generator tanks and have a proactive plan in place to ensure the generators fire up when required.

The fact that all maintenance and repairs can be done, with knowledge from the tests, on a planned basis prior to any serious contamination spreading, also reduces cost and risk.

The competitive price of FUELSTAT® against the huge costs of shut down and the possibility of compromise to the safety of life represents great value for the company.