The BLABO® system - Automatic oil tank cleaning system for crude oil, HFO and other black oil tanks

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Søren Hansen

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Our patented BLABO® system is an automated, mobile and modular, non-man entry oil tank cleaning system. Especially designed to clean large volume, difficult-to-clean oil tanks, the BLABO® system can be tailored to meet your individual needs – whether you simply need efficient tank cleaning or if you require tank cleaning, sludge separation and oil recovery in one integrated process. BLABO® is suitable for both floating and fixed roof tanks.
Compared to manual cleaning techniques, the BLABO® system cleans tanks much more safely and quickly. A distinctive feature of the BLABO® system is its closed loop cleaning system, which heavily reduces the impact of tank cleaning on the environment and provides near 100% hydrocarbon recovery.

Is the BLABO® system suitable for your tanks?

For difficult-to-clean tanks such as
Crude oil 
Heavy fuel oil (HFO)
Heavy gas oil (HGO)
Ballast water
Catalytic cracker residue
Slop oil
Rail tanker etc.
Tank capacity
Up to 200,000 m³ 
(Up to 1,240,000 bbl)
Tank diameter
30 - 100+ m
(98 - 308+ ft)

Benefits of the BLABO® technology

  • Reduced time
    • Up to 80% reduction of tank cleaning time (compared to manual)
    • Shorter overall tank down-time
  • Minimal environmental impact
    • Minimal waste disposal necessary
    • Near 100% recovery of hydrocarbons
    • Minimal hydrocarbon emission to atmosphere due to closed-loop cleaning
    • Lower consumption of water, electricity and air
  • Cleaning result
    • Unique indexed washing pattern covers complete tank interior surface area
    • Re-circulation of cleaning media during desluding
  • Safe cleaning process
    • No staff inside tank during cleaning process (non-man entry system)
    • Continuous monitoring and automatic shutdown features
    • No risk of explosion
    • Minimal health and safety risks to staff
    • System complies with ATEX (other standards upon request)
    Read more about safety measures in the BLABO® system/process
  • Personal safety
    • No staff inside tank during cleaning process (non-man entry system)
    • Minimal health and safety risks to staff
    • Thorough safety training of operators

    Read more about safety measures in the BLABO® system/process

  • Easy maintenance
    • Easier tank maintenance after cleaning

  • Follows legislation
    • Designed for present and future environmental, health and safety regulations

  • Highly flexible
    • Modular system can be tailored to customer needs
    • Expandable, as customer needs change
  • Lower costs
    • Overall tank cleaning costs reduced - see the cost/benefit analysis

Customer cases

The Oreco automated tank cleaning solutions are used around the world, and on an annual based approx. 150 tanks are cleaned using the BLABO® and MoClean® systems.

Read our customer cases

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