The Logistics Company is filling up

This autumn, personnel from the 11th Logistics Company will undergo training to enable them to execute their role in Nordic Battlegroup. Sometimes new abilities are the result of new equipment.

Bulk Fuel Installation
Bulk Fuel Installation
A rubber tank can hold 30m3. The yellow cable ensures that the same voltage is present throughout the plant, which prevents static electricity buildup. Photo: Karl O Andersson/Swedish Armed Forces
Bulk Fuel Installation
Rubber Tank filled to one-third. Photo: Karl O Andersson/Swedish Armed Forces

BFI FO (Bulk Fuel Installation intended for vehicular fuel) is just such a new piece of equipment that increases the Company's ability to store greater amounts of fuel. This system consists of a pump for filling up or emptying fuel tankers and other fuel-carrying vehicles, rubber tanks to store the fuel and peripheral equipment for filling tanks or refuelling equipment.

“The fuel is stored and looked after in the tanks until it is needed by the units we support. We then fill up smaller pieces of refuelling equipment such as tank containers or vehicle-mounted refuelling gear which the Company's transport platoon collects and distributes to the unit that needs the fuel. Of course, it's also possible to come here and fill up refuelling equipment”, says the Fuel Group's commander, Albin Hammarvall.

Some groundwork is required when setting up a BFI in order to ensure the correct gradient for the rubber tanks and embankments have to be built to prevent the fuel from flowing out if the rubber tank is ruptured.

“The embankments also serve as protect the tanks from fire, small arms fire and shrapnel. This requires machinery, which is provided by the Handling Group”, says Hammarvall.

Water as the enemy

The system also includes a filter water separator, which ensures the fuel is free from particles and water.

“Water is heavier that diesel and at the boundary between the diesel and water stages there are favourable conditions for bacterial growth", Albin Hammarvall tells us.

“Water is the greatest enemy when it comes to ensuring the quality of the fuel. It is most important thing that we do to maintain a high fuel quality is to drain water created through condensation in the tanks”, he says.