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Reduce remote site fuel hauling costs by 50 per cent. Video

Award-winning new aviation tank reduces fuel hauling costs by nearly 50 per cent. Watch it's performance and stability during testing using a Caravan aircraft.

With many commercial operations located in remote areas with little infrastructure, fuel supply becomes a critical commodity. For the past few decades, the most common solution was to fly bulk fuel in using drums that were never designed for aircraft interiors. Once the fuel was offloaded into storage containers, the same aircraft then departed with empty drums as its 'non-paying' cargo.

Understandably, this empty return flight doubled the actual cost of fuel delivery simply because the aircraft could not be utilized for any other cargo. Fortunately, that's all changed with the launch of a new award-winning product, the Bulk Aviation Transport Tank (BATT).

Using the BATT, once the fuel is offloaded, the tank is simply folded or rolled up for storage. This advantage cuts the cost of fuel delivery by almost 50% and speeds up operations by allowing the aircraft to carry cargo, such as core samples, out on the return flight.

Building the BATT

As the world's first collapsible, double-walled, baffled aviation tank, the BATT took a number of months to develop and was first deployed in 2010 for use by South America's Columbian law enforcement. Manufactured by SEI Industries Ltd., BATTs are made from two main components: a heavy duty, abrasion-resistant outer tank (with a built-in strapping system that also serves as secondary containment) and a baffled inner tank.

Although, in the past, only fuel drums were allowed to transport fuel without special permits, today, SEI Industries is proud to be the first company to receive a Transportation of Dangerous Goods Equivalency Certificate (SA 10638) from Transport Canada allowing the BATT to be used without special permits for the transportation of fuels. The company is also pursuing FAA and ICAO approval for the BATT.

The BATT comes in a range of sizes to fit various aircraft. Currently, the DC-3 (1150 USG), MIL-17 (1150 USG), Cessna Caravan (475 USG), AN26 (1800 USG), AN32 (1800 USG) and Twin Otter (630 USG) models are available. Future sizes will accommodate the DC-6, Bell 412 and Hercules aircraft.

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