Friday, May 4, 2012

Oil Field Storage Tanks

When working on oil fields, one of the largest concerns is the storage of fracking fluids, hydrocarbons, process water, production water, and necessary fuels. Knowing these concerns and bulk liquid storage requirements, one of the reasons we began offering collapsible tanks is to help save customers space and money!

Collapsible Tanks for Oil Fields

flexible frac tankWhen used for oil fields, the Collapsible Frac Tank will typically feature a larger capacity of at least 20,000 gallons. While this is not a requirement, locations usually require large amounts of water or fuel and are looking for as few tanks as possible to store this liquid.

Depending on your application, tanks may be made from different fabric thicknesses and materials to meet the demands of your location.

Common sizes we see being used for these tanks include:

  • 20,000 gallons
  • 50,000 gallons
  • 70, 000 gallons
  • 90,000 gallons
  • 100,000 gallons
  • 200,000 gallons

However, collapsible tanks can be in any size between 1 and 250,000 gallons so don't hesitate to ask for specific sizing requirements.

What can a Collapsible Tank for Oil Fields Store?

Oil field tanks, especially in the larger capacities, will usually feature a thicker fabric for storing several gallons of liquid in the same tank. Some of the most common applications we see these tanks being used for includes:

flexible frac tank
  • Brine Water Storage
  • Fracking Fluids
  • Fuel (Diesel)
  • Temporary Water with Hydrocarbons
  • Process Water Storage

When compared to standard steel models, the collapsible tank has several inherent advantages that are especially useful in an oilfield storage setting. These advantages will include:

  • Better Heat Retention: This can be a huge cost advantages for cold areas. When compared to steel, collapsible tanks have a 50% better heat retention.

  • Large Capacities: One of the most obvious advantages of these tanks is their increased storage capacity. While a standard frac tank can only store at most 600 BBL, one of our largest collapsible units (210,000 gallons) will be able to store up to 5000 BBL.

  • Shipping Savings: Collapsible in natural, these oil field storage tanks can be folded up or rolled up when shipped to your location. This can save you huge amounts in shipping and transportation costs. 

Overall, whether you're looking for a fuel tank, water storage tank, frac tank or liquid storage option, this is one oil field storage tank you will want to consider. View All Collapsible Pillow Tanks.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Collapsible Water Containers

When learning about our collapsible tanks, one of the most frequent questions we find customers asking is whether or not the tanks can be transported. In general, most of our collapsible tanks are not designed for transportation while they are full. However, when empty the collapsible tank is extremely flexible and is often folded or rolled up for movement to a new location.

That being said, we do offer a couple of uniquely designed collapsible tanks that can be used for transportation when they are full.

Portable Water Containers

The portable water bag is a favorite for emergency water storage and has often been used for storage around homes or industrial locations until their time of need. Portable water bags are designed specifically for transportation and can be built in capacities up to five gallons (5 gal.).

collapsible water containersAs seen in the picture to the right, the bag has the following design:

  • Built In Handle 
  • Flat Bottom and Self Supporting
  • Ball Valve Fitting 
  • Cap
  • Foldable when Empty

These tanks are perfect for emergency storage and have been used with water conditioners to store drinking water for up to 5 years.

When not in use, bags can be laid flat and even folded for easy storage in containers, trunks, under seats, or in various other small storage locations.

Pick Up Truck Tanks

pickup truck tanksFor transportation, we also offer a collapsible pickup truck tank. These tanks are styled very similar to our standard pillow tanks, but are typically only made in capacities up to 250 gallons.

These tanks have become a favorite for water hauling, emergency water transportation, as well as various drinking water and gray water applications, especially around agricultural areas. In order to successfully keep these tanks in place, various harnesses and baffles may also be used to help with tank stabilization.

As with all our collapsible tanks, these units will feature a fitting that allows them to be hooked up to hoses, pumps, and other water transportation units.

Friday, March 23, 2012

World Water Day 2012

World Water Day is a globally celebrated day focused on bringing attention to water needs and problems around the world. This year, the theme for world water day is "Water and Food Security".

This theme brings to light the problem of water scarcity and large water needs around the globe when growing food and other agricultural products. As our world strives to secure enough food to feed a growing population, the need for water security also increases.

Water is necessary not only to sustain the lives, but also to grow plants, feed livestock, and perform daily activities. As our need for food increases, the need for water is doubly increased as water is needed for both daily consumption and maintaining our food supply.

World Water Day brings to focus the need to preserve our water, limit the amount of food and water wasting, and find new and innovative ways to supply water in agricultural areas, as well as all areas of use. For more information, check out the World Water Day PDF.

World Water Day History

The first World Water Day occurred in 1993 as a way to internationally celebrate fresh water. Every year since then, the day offered a new theme for the year. Themes from past years have included water scarcity, water quality, and water for the future. View All Past World Water Day Themes.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Water Storage Tank Cleaning

Anytime you are storing water, a major concern for many customers is how to keep the water clean during storage. Depending on how long you are looking to store this water, this can include a variety of methods including tank colors, added solutions, and sanitizing.

Tank Exteriors

plastic water tanksDuring water storage, growth of water borne algae can be problem, especially if your tank is being stored in an outdoor location. To handle the problem of outdoor storage or storage of tanks in areas particularly prone to light exposure, the first option to consider is using a tank with a darker exterior.

This method is often seen during the storage of water in plastic tanks. Since these tanks are commonly made from a poly material such as polyethylene, they are simply replaced with a black or dark green polyethylene alternative. This gives the tank the same FDA approval, while also blocking light from entering the tank and causing growth.

Tank Interiors

As a general standard, you should always make sure that the container you use to store your water is food-grade and approved for the storage of potable water. Containers of this type will usually include an FDA approval for the storage of drinking water and other food grade materials. In some cases, drinking water storage tanks will also contain an NSF 61 approval. NSF International in an independent organization committed to the public safety and storage of drinking water materials.

Long Term Water Storage

portable water bagsIf you are planning on using a tank for long-term drinking water storage, it is often advised that some type of softener or water preserver be placed within the tank. These solutions can be found in various camping, RV or general and online stores and include elements that help to kill bacteria and mold to keep your water clean.

Most long term water storage preservers are designed to help you successfully store water for up to five years (5 years).

Sanitizing and Cleaning your Tank

Tanks can also be cleaned and washed out using a chlorine sanitizing solution. It is typically recommended that your chlorine solution is not more than 5%. More information on cleaning and caring for your tank can be found on the How to Clean a Water Tank page.

Water Storage Tank Options

pillow tank A water storage tank can come in many different styles, fabrics and configurations. Choosing the best tank for your application can depend on multiple factors including your storage location, the liquid you need to store, the amount of water you need to store, and available storage space.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Flexible Water Storage Solutions

As the need to safely store water increases, many people are looking for alternate or flexible ways to contain, store, and reuse water. While popular choices tend to include the plastic (polyethylene tank) or the fiberglass storage unit, there is a growing demand for tanks that offer increased flexibility and mobility around a location. This has led many of our customers to ask, is there a flexible water storage solution?

The Collapsible Pillow Tank

One of the most flexible water storage solutions available on the market today is the Collapsible Tank. Known by many different names, this tank has been called the collapsible tank, bladder tank, pillow tank, flexible tank and even a water blivet. Regardless of its name, these tanks have provided many with increased flexibility and storage ability.

What is a Pillow Tank?

As its name suggests, a pillow tank is a tank that features a design similar to that of a pillow. When empty, this tank will lie completely flat and can even be folded up for easy transportation. As it is filled with water, its sides will slowly rise until a pillow shape is formed. These tanks typically feature a low profile for storage in tight spaces or locations. 

The pillow tank is constructed from multiple fabric materials depending on the liquid you need to store. It is most commonly built with polyurethane, polymer alloy or E PVC coated materials. 


The advantages of the collapsible tank are numerous and can include:

  • Reduced Shipping Costs (can be folded or rolled up)
  • Wide Storage Capacities (1 to 250,000 gallons)
  • Low Profile (fits under decks and in basements)
  • Economical
  • Easy Setup (folded for faster transportation)
  • Flexible Exterior (can fit in existing old or leaking cisterns)

So whether you are looking for rain water collection, drinking water storage, or non drinking water storage for utilities, this tank is a flexible way to get the storage you need.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Welcome to the Portable Tank Group Blog!

Welcome to the Portable Tank Group Blog! Here you will find additional product information and applications for various products that are offered through our company. Our goal is to provide you with more information on the uses for these tanks, as well as examples of how other customers or companies may be using these items. 

What is Portable Tank Group?

Portable Tank Group is a liquid storage company with the goal of providing customers with a wide range of storage solutions. Our goal is to offer a versatile product range that allows us to work with customers to find the best option for their storage needs. Liquids have included items such as drinking water, process water, production water, frac fluids, chemicals, and even fuel.

What Types of Tanks does Portable Tank Group Offer?

Our product variety for these tanks is wide, allowing  customers to choose between fabrics or tank styles to find the option that will work best in their location. Tank options include:

  • Collapsible Pillow Tanks
  • Polyethylene Tanks (Plastic Tanks)
  • Water Trailers
  • Fiberglass Tanks
  • Steel Tanks

Helping to equip customers for a complete storage process, we also offer several secondary containment products including containment tanks and spill berms. 

What can I Expect to Find in this Blog?

This blog is dedicated to providing you with additional information and applications for the tanks offered by our company. This blog can show you new applications for a tank, additional information for a particular storage unit, or unique projects where different tanks have been used.