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Rail Logistics

If you’re business is rail logistics, speed and reliability are critical. Having the right fuel storage and transfer equipment can make all the difference to keeping your service both time and cost efficient and ensuring you meet critical delivery deadlines.
Australia’s rail freight network moves billions of tonnes of freight every year over more than 36,000km of track. With those kinds of figures, even a small improvement in fuel efficiency can have a big impact on profit and business performance. Knowing you can refuel diesel locomotives quickly and efficiently with quality fuel you can rely on means fewer breakdowns, reduced downtime and increased accountability to keep track of your diesel.

Fuel Supply, Storage and Security

Top 3 Benefits to a F.E.S. TANK


Quality fuel on site and on demand (24 hrs / 7 days / 365 year)


Safe storage of fuel and hydrocarbons in challenging locations.Mobile drag and drop Installation with plug and play commissioning. Fast and Simple


Robust tank construction with live fuel management monitoring ensuring 24/7 security access

Fuel costs for rail freight operators

When you’re in the rail freight industry, fuel is your major expense. Losing fuel through leaks or theft can have a serious impact on your bottom line and on workplace and environmental safety. Making the most of your fuel spend is a priority. The cost of keeping one diesel locomotive idle is about $1700 an hour, so ensuring your fuel transfer and management systems are the best available to do the job as quickly as possible can potentially save you a six figure sum each year.

Common problems caused by poor fuel quality in diesel locomotives

New common rail diesel engines are achieving even better efficiency and performance, but it’s important to remember they also require better quality fuel.

Diesel fuel contaminants can cause serious and costly problems for diesel locomotives, affecting engine components with issues like clogged intake valves, premature wear and tear on engine components, reduced air flow and reduced engine power and performance.

At best the result is reduced engine performance and poorer fuel efficiency. At worst it could mean expensive repairs, breakdowns and expensive missed deadlines.

Unscheduled stops for maintenance or repairs can severely impact every part of your supply chain – particularly when travelling across remote areas. The best way to ensure a diesel engine’s premium performance is to ensure a clean and reliable fuel supply.

If you need replacement parts, it can mean weeks out of action for critical equipment. That’s why it’s essential to treat your fuel as the huge investment it is.

Particulate contamination, water and diesel bugs are all common problems that affect fuel quality and cause critical issues for transport operators.

Diesel bugs grow best in the interface between water and fuel and can spread rapidly, spreading particulates in the fuel and generating corrosive by-products that can cause severe damage to tanks and engines.

Contaminated Fuel

Other operational issues caused by contaminated fuel:
  • Poor starting or failure to start
  • Reduced availability of operational equipment
  • Poor or rough idle, reducing efficiency
  • Increased consumption
  • Excessive smoke and emissions

FES self-bunded fuel tanks help rail logistics operations take control of fuel quality with a range of flexible, secure and easy-to-maintain bulk fuel storage and fuel management solutions.

Underground fuel tanks - the challenges

Underground Petroleum Storage Systems (UPSS) are a traditional bulk fuel storage solution, but ageing infrastructure can represent a serious issue.

Older underground tanks have the potential to leak, leading to expensive clean-up bills and damage to the environment. Replacement and maintenance is also a major exercise representing a serious investment.

UPSS Regulations require owners and operators to regularly check for leaks in the fuel tanks and pipes used to store and handle petroleum products. They also need to meet minimum standards in their day-to-day environmental management of these storage systems.

The FES Grande range of self-bunded fuel storage tanks

FES self-bunded diesel storage tanks are a premium above-ground fuel storage solution for rail yards and rail freight operations. Our FES Grande range comes in sizes up to 110,000 litres and provides a flexible and easy to maintain alternative to traditional underground fuel storage.

Designed for harsh operating environments with minimal site preparation, their double-walled steel construction eliminates the need for traditional concrete bund walls, site works or containment areas.

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Fuel Management Solutions

A complete fuel management solution for rail freight operators

Our solutions for the rail freight industry include:

  • Water-finding paste to help you check fuel regularly and drain off water, keeping fuel stable and increasing storage life
  • Biocide for diesel fuel to prevent the growth of diesel bugs and keep your fuel and your vehicles safe
  • Fuel management systems to monitor storage levels, fuel usage and fuel efficiency
  • A full range of fuel storage options including our unbeatable, fully certified self-bunded design and drop tanks designed for easy access and maintenance

Ask the experts at FES today about the right solution for your situation.

Get in touch now to find out more about solutions to suit your business.


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