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In a 20,000 square feet foot print, what is the optimum utilisation

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In a 20,000 square feet foot print, what is the optimum utilisation of this area for an oil product tank farm terminal?

How much material can I carry in this area with all the accessories associated?

I am looking at a highly secure design, the geological topogrophy of the location is arabian gulf desert near sea port.

I just need a rough estimate so I understand the types of costs associated and how a private owner would charge for the use.

Florian_Berkley :

Hello, welcome.

Are you thinking of it seriously?


If yes, I would recommend you to look for a consultant or a consulting company, specialized in the area related to oil product tank farms / business.


A rough estimation may actually turn out to be a fake friend:

-The estimation can be or much too high or much too low, therefore leading to a wrong strategical decision.


--> Therefore, in order to maximise your chances of succes, you can hire a consultant / company specialized in the field.


Maybe a good tip would be to make friends / connections that are working or related to this area, if it is not already the case, in order to get informed before to take action.



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Customer: replied 3 years ago.
Dear Sir,

Thanks for your reply,

Rest assured I have enough friends and am working on the subject,
I thought the service of this website is to cut through the unesessery and get right through to the answer Im looking for.
An oil tank is not a complicated peice of technology and I wanted to know how this industry uses this. I'm looking at it from a rent basis, hence the technicalities of finance was my main goal.

Dear Sir,

I found 3 cases of tank oil farms, with same area (20,000 sqm)


I couldn't find in the desert, but these are in Africa (Nigeria).



"Farm tank is for sale in Calabar. Area covered is 20,000 sq m, 6 tanks in all with capacity of 5,000,000 liters each total 30,000,000 liters. Asking price 4 Billion naira"



"Land size approx = 20,000 square meters
6 tanks of various capacities,
pump house, loading arm, gantry, gen.
6 loading arms.

All tanks Equal 30,910,000 litres.



"The tank farm has 6nos tanks of 5000MT each with a storage of 28,000,000 liters capacity and has administrative block, loading gantry, pump house, fire hydrant etc

(...) The land size is 20,000sq meters."



--> for these 3 examples, the total capacity range between 28,000,000 to 30,910,000 litres.
--> They have all 6 tanks with same or various capacities.

So you have now a rough approximation of your maximal capacity: 30,000,000 litres.

If you want to estimate for a specific design, then just pick a design and consider you can have 6 tanks. Then you can calculate the maximal capacity: (6 time capacity-of-one-tank).

If you have more questions, you can just ask me directly and I'll be glad to answer.
Just add "For Florian" at the beginning of your question



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Hello Sir,

The last week I helped you with finding for an oil tank farm capacity.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me.

Best regards
Customer: replied 3 years ago.
What is usually the buisness model of a tank farm from a private investors point if view?
Do they charge rent of use based on time, do they charge based on a percentage of material cost or both?

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