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Design A Rail Car Loading System In Romania

System to safely transfer fuel & oil from one type/size of rail tanker to another

Client: TVM
Industry: Rail
Site: Lasi, Romania


Bucharest based company TVM provides services for the loading and unloading of rail car based goods in Romania. They wanted to provide a system to safely transfer fuel and oil from one type/size of rail tanker to another (transhipping) at a new railway border station in Lasi, Romania.

Lasi is a small city in eastern Romania, near the border with Moldova. Working closely with our Romanian partner Compressor Pump Industrial SRL, IFC Inflow designed and provided a rail car loading complete package of equipment satisfying the clients’ requirements. The main factors for the project included a fast and simple unloading/loading system, high accuracy metering, an easy to install gantry and total system suitability for a very cold climate.

IFC’s Solution

The project was split into three parts – Safe access gantry, Rail tanker bottom unloading and rail tanker top loading.

Safe access gantry – The gantry was designed to bridge the gap between the two sets of tracks and fit on to the rail platform. A working platform and 2 sets of folding stairs and safety cages were also supplied to ensure optimum operator safety.

Rail tanker bottom unloading – A special pumping skid was designed to fit under the gantry between the rail cars. The design allowed bottom discharge from the rail tankers connecting to a high-speed transfer pump enabling the total unloading of a full rail tanker in 45 minutes at flow rates up to 55m3hr or 900 l/min. A special control system was fitted to prevent pump dry running. A high accuracy 150mm/6” meter was fitted at the discharge of the skid prior to feeding the top-loading system.

Rail tanker top loading – A 100mm/4inch top loading arm with vapour cone and overfill prevention probe was provided for the receiving tanker. This was fitted to the gantry allowing for quick and easy filing.

Compressor Pump Industrial installed a fire fighting deluge system that encompassed the whole loading area.

Project Outcome

Successful installation and commissioning took place in the middle of winter, when temperatures dropped as low as -25°C. Our partner’s Compressor Pump Industrial provide continued support for the system.

“Both our companies worked well together to provide the best solution for TVM” – Marian Prodan, Director – Compressor Pump Industrial SRL

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