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(BBC-US)   Headline: Petrol station stocks back to normal. "Normal": storage tanks in Great Britain were 45% full ... the highest since May   (bbc.com) divider line
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2021-10-21 11:33:57 AM  
But don't worry, Brexit is working out fine, according to the Tories.

//In before someone tells us how great Brexit really is
//yeah, I'm American and don't have a horse in the race, but it's hard to ignore a huge train wreck nearby, without pointing and staring.
//I think Boris Johnson is much more dangerous than Trump because he can control his baser instincts and seem like a reasonable guy.  And he's not as insane.
 
2021-10-21 11:49:46 AM  

kermit the forg: //I think Boris Johnson is much more dangerous than Trump because he can control his baser instincts and seem like a reasonable guy.  And he's not as insane.


This is true. We still let trump have the snuke codes.

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2021-10-21 12:43:12 PM  
45% sounds pretty reasonable to me.   Unless you check right after the tank fills you up, you are never going to be at 100% unless you have no customers.

And the tanks do not fill everyone up at the same time, on the same day.   An optimal fill pattern would be going to 100% minutes after you empty to 0%, which would me that on average the tanks should be about 50%.

More importantly, when you build a station, you should put in tanks that are MORE than sufficient for your expected needs.  That is, if you think your station will use 2,000 gallons between re-fills, you should build a tank for at least 2,500 gallons, so that if you do better than expected you still won't have to buy another tank.Then, after you find out you are only doing 1500 gallons, you really don't have to keep filling it to the top.  Maybe just fill it to 1800 gallons so you have a little wiggle room.All in all, 45% seems reasonable, if on the low side.
 
2021-10-21 1:32:18 PM  
That sounds about right, the underground tanks holding the gas are probably designed to be about 20% bigger than what a standard tanker truck can deliver.  The trucks don't go around in a route topping off every single station.

/Source, works at a chemical factory that operates like that.
 
2021-10-21 9:26:01 PM  

electricjebus: That sounds about right, the underground tanks holding the gas are probably designed to be about 20% bigger than what a standard tanker truck can deliver.  The trucks don't go around in a route topping off every single station.

/Source, works at a chemical factory that operates like that.


Um... actually they do.  And it might even be more dynamic than you think.

One of the local gas stations I know buys "on the spot".  As in "There is 205 gallons left in truck, you want it?"  They end up getting a really good price, since they don't want to take the gas back to the distribution center.  Source:  Me, watching the transaction between station owner and truck driver, who is on the phone with his billing department confirming that the Rt. 9 Station 19 just took that last 205 gallons off the truck.

Yes, they are one of the closest stations to the local distribution center, no they aren't part of a chain, yes I get gas there regularly, and generally pay 7-12 cents less per gallon than any other station in the area.  And yes, sometimes they are out of a grade.

/And yes, an attendant still fills my tank - best farking law ever.
 
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