Brazil's Petrobras has purchased a radar system for 1,000 tanks-believed to be the largest single tank-gauging upgrade project in the world.
The company will install 1,000 Saab TankRadar Rex radar tank gauges with custody-transfer accuracy.
The complete system consists of level and temperature measurements with temperature displays. Also included are full-inventory software packages for net volume and custody-transfer calculations and a complete communication system with control-room inventory management connected to the plants' host computers.
The inventory-management system provides levels, temperatures, density, volume, and weight.
Half of the ordered radar tank gauges, or 500 gauges, will be delivered this year, and the rest within 3 years. Four Petrobras refineries, in Canoas, in Minas Gerais, and two in Sao Paulo, will immediately equip their tanks with the radar transmitters.
Custody-transfer accuracy, reliability, and increased environmental protection offered by the fail-safe TankRadar system were factors in Petrobras' decision for the planned upgrade.
Saab's representative Fluxo Servicos de Petroleo Ltd. will carry out the installation.