Oikos Storage is located on the north side of the Thames River estuary and is the only independently owned bulk liquid storage terminal able to deliver products safely and securely into two of the United Kingdom’s key pipeline networks.




In October 2018, Jack Tighe Ltd was awarded the contract to provide Surface Preparation and Painting to 12 new build tanks, both internally and externally.

All Jack Tighe Ltd operatives received a site induction from Engicon (Geldof) to ensure safe working practices and site PPE requirements were complied with. The site induction covered all emergency arrangements on site including muster points.

Six tanks were initially constructed, enabling us to commence with our surface preparation and coating work. During this period, the remaining six tanks were built which allowed us time to complete work on the first six tanks and then move to the second phase of the program.




Whilst working within the tank farm area, Jack Tighe Ltd had regular onsite meetings to discuss logistics and the programme of work. This was due to the high number of live activities and operations working around us. We liaised closely with the client to coordinate our activities and regular Health and Safety Site Audits.

Access to the internals of each tank was via a dedicated manway, with all services routed through a second manway or service hatch. Confined Space Regulations were applied, and an emergency rescue plan was tested before any works started.

External tank areas were accessed via MEWP or Giraffe Cradle. All MEWP operators held current IPAF certification. Giraffe Cradles were fixed into location and Jack Tighe Ltd operators were provided with full training to operate them.

The roof was accessed via the tank staircase.

The external work was completed to specification in stages as follows: –

  • Phase 1 – Prep and Prime applying one coat of Sigmacover 350 aluminium.
  • Phase 2 – Applying 1st coat of Sigmacover 435 to all shell and roof areas.
  • Phase 3 – Applying 2nd coat of Sigmacover 456 to all shell and roof areas including stripe to welds.
  • Phase 4 – Applying a final gloss coat, Sigmacover 550H.

The number of workers fluctuated from 9 to 38 during the busiest periods of the contract.

Throughout the duration of the contract, regular toolbox talk meetings were carried out by Supervisors and on topics including: –

Safety Glasses, Manual Handling, Waste Paint, Plant Checklists, Working Hours, Housekeeping, Use of mobile phones and Vehicle movement around the tanks.

Supervisors Point of work Daily Checklists were completed to ensure: –

  • Method Statements, Risk Assessments, COSHH assessments and relevant data sheets were in place.
  • Jack Tighe Ltd plant and relevant documentation were checked.
  • All hired plant and equipment had relevant documentation.
  • Paint delivered and batch numbers had been recorded.
  • All relevant QA forms were on site for the works.




Plant based on site consisted of 3 Compressors, two paint stores, a can crusher, 6 blast pots, 3 diesel bowsers, spray pumps, clean air packs, 1 fork lift truck, 3 MEWP’s, vacuum recovery system, extraction equipment, track blast machine, 3 giraffe cradles, 3 generators, lighting and all necessary small hand tools required to complete the work.

Works were completed on time in May 2019 to a value of £850,000.

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