Fleet FAQ

Got Questions? Diesel Fuel Edition

Q. I have had issues with microbial growth in my fuel storage tanks. What do you recommend to fix this?

A. If you have biological growth issues currently in a tank, start by addressing the current issue with a biocide. Then schedule regular tank maintenance to detect and remove water. If the problem persists, continue water monitoring and removal and treat tanks with biocide twice per year.

Expert Bio

Answered by : Michael L. Miltenberger

Diesel Fuel Application Engineers

Mike has been with ExxonMobil for 23 years in various positions in the Fuels and Lubricants organization. He is currently the team lead for Diesel Fuel Field Application Engineers in the US and Canada. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and also has CLS from STLE. In his free time, Mike spends time with his wife and kids and also enjoys playing drums and golfing.

Mike has been with ExxonMobil for 23 years in various positions in the Fuels and Lubricants organization. He is currently the team lead for Diesel Fuel Field Application Engineers in the US and Canada. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and also has CLS from STLE. In his free time, Mike spends time with his wife and kids and also enjoys playing drums and golfing.

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