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

Today, the remote site division primarily focuses on manufacturing collapsible tanks, also known as pillow tanks or bladder tanks. They 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, when folded up, they take up a fraction of their deployable size. Therefore, they are easy and cost-effective for transport to remote locations. Pillow tanks are durable, they require almost no site preparation, and are easy to relocate.

In addition to that, SEI’s remote site division 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. All the while, we ensure that vital liquids are readily available for daily operations.


Brief History of Fuel 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. However, current 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 they were 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 didn’t fit DND’s budget.

This short cycle suited the US military model, but DND didn’t have the budget to replace tanks every 6-18 months. As a result, 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. This make our products unique, as well as more durable and cost-effective. Today, as an industry leader, the following fabrics illustrate how SEI have innovated to meet customer needs.

  • Arctic-Shield™ Fabric

    SEI purposely engineered the Arctic-Shield fabric for above-ground secondary containment of fuels at remote sites in arctic climates. Arctic-Shield has a high strip tensile and adhesion strength. Additionally, it has a low cold crack temp below -50F or -46C. Finally, it has low diffusion rates well below CCME and ULC requirements. We designed it for long duration fuel exposure that could occur if a fuel spill happened at an unmanned remote site in winter. As per NFPA 701, it is fire resistant. 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. You can verify our Intertek certification here.

  • Arctic King™ Fabric

    We engineered this proprietary fabric to withstand extreme cold. We use it 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. Notably, 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. You can verify our Intertek certification here.

  • Desert King™ Fabric

    The SEI Team engineered the proprietary Desert King fabric to endure climates with high levels of UV exposure and high temperatures. We use this specialized fabric in all SEI Desert King fuel storage tanks. Not only that, but it also 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). You can 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. We use this innovative fabric in all SEI Jungle King fuel storage tanks and exceeds US military specifications. Most importantly, Jungle King fabric resists hydrolysis; we construct it with exclusive SEI PetroH20hesive.



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Watch a video of the BATT being flight-tested in a Twin Otter aircraft.
Or, watch a video of the BATT being flight-tested in a Caravan aircraft.


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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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