Why does fuel need polishing?
Over any given period of time, fuels in storage can develop pools of sludge, sediment and water caused by microbial contamination. This fuel contamination, also known as ‘fuel bugs’ or ‘diesel bugs’, builds up over time in stored fuels if they aren’t tested and treated on a regular basis, as these microbes multiply and grow.
Left untreated, the levels of contamination worsen to the point where damage to machinery, pumps and engines is likely due to fuel starvation, clogged or blocked filters, waxy deposits and water in the fuel.
Removing fuel contaminants through polishing
Fuel polishing is the technical cleaning process used to remove or filter microbial contamination from oil and hydrocarbon fuel in storage. It is essentially the removal of water, sediment and microbial contamination from such fuels as diesel, red diesel and biodiesel. RJ tanks Ltd provide the services of fuel sampling to detect contamination and fuel polishing to remove the contaminants.