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

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.

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Søren Hansen
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Tel. +45 43 32 02 06
Mobile +45 21 58 00 25
E-mail: soh@oreco.com

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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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