Atmospheric Tanks Support Biofuel Processing OperationSanimax, a rendering and renewing process company, formed a partnership with Apache Stainless Equipment Corp. for custom stainless steel vessel manufacturing to support their growing production of B100 biodiesel fuel.

 The Sanimax facility in DeForest, Wis., only processes renewable biodiesel fuel. Apache supported the company's need for increased capacity by supplying one atmospheric stainless tank and three pressure vessels within the past month.

The most recent tank supplied by Beaver Dam, Wis.-based Apache was used for fuel storage. The tank was constructed from stainless steel with exterior insulation and aluminum cladding. The tank increased storage capacity for Sanimax by 30,000 gal. The 132" dia., 45' high and 19,000 lb atmospheric tank was API 650 rated. Apache provided in-house insulation and aluminum cladding of the tank, which was shipped via Apache truck. A video of the tank installation is posted online here.

Apache provides the biofuel industry with specialized tanks such as distillation columns, evaporators, ASME and API-650 vessels, custom mix tanks and storage tanks. Another facility in Plover, Wis., produces carbon steel tanks and equipment.