Crucial future role for tank storage

The UK’s leading event for the bulk storage and energy infrastructure sector, the Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition, returned for its twentieth edition at the Coventry Building Society Arena in September with an emphasis on the vital future role the sector has to play.

The TSA event, which has grown considerably over the years, continues to provide one of the best opportunities for anyone interested in effective and safe bulk storage operations to come together to share knowledge and network. And this year’s attendance stood as a testament to its continued success.

Delivering success in the face of unique challenges

TSA’s President, Adrian Jackson, in his introductory remarks, noted that the past year had been uniquely challenging. As with other segments of the economy, bulk storage also felt the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19), compelling it to marshal its strength and resilience to keep liquid supplies flowing, and managing inventories to provide safe storage while demand was reduced. During what has been an extraordinary period, he noted that the TSA’s purpose as an Association had never felt more relevant, whether it was in the way the Association supported its membership through the delivery of core services and novel initiatives or the wider tank storage community with up-to-date information, data and intelligence.

This year, with safety in mind, the TSA operated a Covid-secure event. Specifically, the Association allowed for a slightly different layout and fifty-five exhibitors while offering its full range of events. The 2021 conference programme was carefully developed to reflect both the key issues facing the sector today and the challenges as the sector looks to tomorrow. A panel of six high-calibre speakers presented on topics ranging from process safety, hazards management and the future of REACH to the future of sustainable energy and what this will look like for the bulk storage and energy infrastructure sector.

Huge future opportunity for this vital sector

In addition, the event featured a special award ceremony celebrating the first cohort of Bulk Liquid Terminal Technician Apprentices on their completion of the Level 3 Diploma for Bulk Storage Operator. With unprecedented opportunities ahead for the sector and the next generation of talent, the message was clear: now is the time to join a growing and exciting industry and play a part in shaping the future.

As the UK transitions to a decarbonised economy, the bulk liquid and energy infrastructure sector is uniquely positioned to lead on the innovations necessary to succeed and has a crucial role in developing the necessary flexibility to manage change. And this year’s Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition certainly emphasised that. As it prepares for the opportunities ahead, the sector is ready to ensure that it continues to go from strength to strength.

The next edition of the Tank Storage Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Coventry Building Society Arena on Thursday 22nd September 2022.

More details can be found here: Tank Storage Conference & Exhibition