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Fuel Handling and Storage

Remote site equipment wherever our customers need it

About the Remote Site Division

SEI’s remote site products are typically field-tested by users under extreme conditions and, from those outcomes, product lines have evolved to become some of the best in the world.

Compared to traditionally rigid products, SEI’s industrial fabric, some of which is proprietary, allows for more cost-effective transportation and set-up which can help companies save money since products can be folded, crated, shipped and unrolled, as required. With some fabrics specifically tailored for certain climates, companies and military forces in 110 countries around the world have put SEI products to the test.

  • Presentation on all remote site and environmental products.

Today, the remote site division primarily focuses on manufacturing collapsible tanks, also known as pillow tanks or bladder tanks, which are used for liquid handling in isolated remote sites where labor, tools and heavy equipment are limited or nonexistent.

Pillow tanks are ideal for remote sites because they can be folded up to a fraction of their deployable size, making them easy and cost-effective for transport to remote locations. Pillow tanks are also durable, require almost no site preparation and can be relocated easily.

SEI’s remote site division also specializes in developing complete turnkey solutions, centered around its collapsible tanks, by combining them with its other product lines for the transportation and transferring of fuels, water (potable, grey and black) and chemicals.

SEI prides itself in its capability to engineer a system specific to any environment, location and material, ensuring that vital liquids are readily available for daily operations.

Brief History of Bladder/Pillow Tanks

Bladder tanks were initially used by the military but, today, they are most often used in operations around the world for storing fuel, water and chemicals. Typical clients include mining, oil and gas exploration companies, remote construction companies, helicopter operators and disaster relief operations.

Originally, collapsible fuel tanks were designed to meet US military standards that were developed in the late 1980s. SEI started manufacturing collapsible fuel tanks for the Canadian military in 1986 to support UN peacekeepers. At the time, the Department of National Defence (DND) was looking for a domestic supplier and was attracted by SEI’s reputation for innovative fabric products. Up to that point, DND had been purchasing tanks from US suppliers but the short life cycle of 6-18 months didn’t fit DND’s budget.

Although this short cycle suited the US military model, DND did not have the money to keep replacing tanks every 6-18 months so SEI set out to develop a tank that exceeded 18 months of service life. Now, it’s common to see SEI’s tanks lasting 5-10 years.

Our Proprietary Fabric Technology

Many SEI products use the latest in manufacturing technology and industrial fabric design. By working with a select group of suppliers, SEI has developed proprietary fabrics that make its products unique as well as more durable and cost-effective. Today, as an industry leader, the following list of fabrics illustrate how SEI has adapted to meet customer needs through innovation.

  • Arctic-Shield™ Fabric— Arctic-Shield fabric was purpose-engineered by SEI specifically for above-ground secondary containment of fuels in arctic climates at remote sites. Arctic-Shield has a high strip tensile and adhesion strength, a low cold crack temp below -50F or -46C and low diffusion rates well below CCME and ULC requirements. Arctic-Shield fabric was designed for long duration fuel exposure that may occur if a fuel spill were to happen at a remote site that is unmanned for the winter. It is fire resistant as per NFPA 701. Arctic-Shield fabric is fully certified by Intertek to meet the CAN/ULC-S668-12 standard for liners. This standard is listed in the Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations (SOR/2008-197), under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999. Verify our Intertek certification here.
  • Arctic King™ Fabric—This proprietary fabric was designed to withstand extreme cold and is used in all SEI Arctic King fuel storage tanks. Certified Arctic King fabric meets the CAN/CSA B-837-14 standard for collapsible fabric storage tanks (bladders) and exceeds all US military specifications. This fabric can be deployed in temperatures as low as -50F or -46C, has the lowest diffusion rates in the industry and meets regulations for fuel storage in remote sites. Verify our Intertek certification here.
  • Desert King™ Fabric— Proprietary Desert King fabric was engineered to endure climates with high levels of UV exposure and high temperatures. This specialized fabric is used in all SEI Desert King fuel storage tanks and exceeds US military specifications. Certified Desert King fabric is double-offset coated to provide the lowest diffusion rates in the industry and meets the CAN/CSA-B837-14 standard for collapsible fabric storage tanks (bladders). Verify our Intertek certification here.
  • Jungle King™ Fabric— Jungle King fabric design created a revolutionary new material that takes on tough tropical climates and their accompanying high levels of UV exposure, temperature and humidity. This innovative fabric is used in all SEI Jungle King fuel storage tanks and exceeds US military specifications. Jungle King fabric resists hydrolysis and is constructed with exclusive SEI PetroH20hesive.


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  • Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS): 24-313-6116
  • Cage Code: 0CAE9
  • Procurement Business No (PBN): 104774930 PG0001
  • United Nations: 3226

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