The Safety Technology Award at the 2020 Global Tank Storage Awards was awarded to Re-Gen Robotics, “for revolutionising safety in the tank terminal industry”. Headquartered in Newry, the robotic tank cleaning company beat eight established tank terminal industry behemoths to take the prize. 

Judges said its fully integrated, no-man-entry, robotic technology triumphed for “adding an additional layer of safety to oil terminals and eliminating the risk of injury or death to employees in the surrounding area.”

The award was sponsored by the International Liquid Terminals Association (ILTA) and was presented to Re-Gen Robotics by Kathryn Clay, President of the ILTA. She said: “After careful consideration, the 13 strong panel of judges, recognised Re-Gen Robotic’s tank cleaning technology as a solid innovation and definitely in line with the way the industry is heading, in terms of improving safety, reducing costs and improving efficiency.”

Tank entry is widely recognised as one of the most hazardous operations in the tank cleaning business – every year as many as 200 people lose their lives working in confined spaces across Europe. 

Fintan Duffy, Managing Director of Re-Gen Robotics said: “In Spring 2019, Re-Gen Robotics launched the first and only Zone 0 EX Certified, remote controlled, ‘No Man Entry’ robotic tank cleaning company in the British Isles. The industry is embracing our technology, as the long-awaited alternative to ‘man entry’ cleaning.”

He added: “We have invested over £3 million in creating three purpose-built, explosion proof robots, designed to operate in the most inhospitable environments. Our vision, to become the most efficient, safe and reliable tank cleaning service provider to the petrochemical industry has come to pass and we are absolutely thrilled to be recognised globally, by our industry peers.”

Re-Gen Robotics says it is providing a realistic and proven alternative to ‘man entry’ tank cleaning. The health and safety of personnel engaged in tank cleaning is paramount and using robotic equipment to carry out works in hazardous confined spaces is the most logical and safe way to clean tanks. It also creates a tremendous logistics cost and risk benefit for tank owners.

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24th March 2020