New self-contained Fuel Storage and Dispensing (FSD) system
WEW, a Thielmann company, has developed a new self-contained Fuel Storage and Dispensing (FSD) system for the remote refueling of land vehicles during deployed operations.
The ‘drop and go’ mobile filling station system has already been delivered to a military customer in the Middle East, where it is now providing stand-alone fuel station capabilities for military vehicles of all sizes.
Developed under an extensive collaboration between WEW and customer land forces, the bespoke system stores and dispenses up to 46,000l of diesel or petrol fuel direct to military vehicles from a self-bunded stainless steel tank. The system is based on standard ISO container dimensions, and is fitted with high-capacity loading/discharge pump, twin dispensers, water storage and a fully air conditioned crew area. It can be powered by an integrated heavy-duty generator or external power as required.
The FSD has been designed from the outset to operate in extremely harsh conditions and to resist sand and water accumulation. Transportable by road and sea, the system requires minimal ground preparation at the deployment site, and is designed to be dispensing fuel shortly after its arrival.
With a modular design, the FSD can be tailored to suit individual customer requirements, and variations are currently under development for the refueling of rotary and fixed wing aircraft, as well as bulk water storage, purification and distribution.
“We were tasked with filling a critical operational gap: to provide a system with medium mobility designed to serve as a stand-alone fuel station with crew accommodation in the most remote areas,” Björn Stolz, CEO, WEW Container Systems, said. “We capitalised on our knowledge of producing multi-modal refueling systems, bringing our unique knowledge of transportable fuel dispensing systems to deliver the solution to the customer in a matter of months.”
The FSD is CSC approved, making it transportable in any civilian supply chain, and the tank itself complies with European fuel storage requirements.