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RPM Fuels & Tanks
Bunded Oil Tanks, Fuel Storage Tanks, Bowsers & Fuel Pumps
RPM Fuels & Tanks is a quality supplier of fuel storage tanks, fuel bowsers, fuel dispensing equipment and fuel management systems. With extensive experience in the oil storage industry, RPM Fuels & Tanks aims to provide a high quality product and service at highly competitive prices, throughout the United Kingdom including Northern Ireland.
We can supply a wide variety of steel tanks and plastic tanks for the storage of oil, fuel and water. Our product range also includes specialised fuel dispensing equipment, including diesel transfer pumps and fuel stations, as well as a number of spill containment products, including bunded pallets for safe oil and fuel storage.
We service a wide range of business and commercial customers including agriculture & farming, haulage & storage, local councils, utility companies, commercial premises and the construction industry. Whether it’s a steel or plastic diesel fuel tank, highway or site bowser, waste oil tanks or fuel dispensing equipment, we can source the best deal for you.
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Depending on you, or your business’ fuel/oil consumption habits and requirements, bulk fuel storage may be the most cost-effective and efficient way to keep your systems running. Generally defined as fuel/oil stored in quantities any larger than a 55-gallon drum, the term bulk fuel storage usually covers the containment of fuel in large, purpose-built tanks, available in sizes with a maximum capacity of upwards of 10,000 litres.
These fuel storage tanks are available for purchase in a variety of formats, including bunded and single skin, and are suitable for application across a variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, construction, and agriculture.
Controlled waters refers to all water that is below the ground in the saturation zone and in direct contact with the ground. This can include canals, rivers, streams, lakes, and estuaries. There is strict regulation in place in the UK regarding the proximity of oil and fuel tanks (particularly single skin varieties) to controlled water. These regulations help prevent environmental damage, and the potential contamination of drinking water in the event of a leak or spill.
Controlled water related regulations for oil and fuel tank placement include;
- Single skin oil and fuel tanks may not be installed under any circumstances in sites within 10 meters of controlled water, within 50 metres of a borehole or spring, or over hard ground allowing for run-off to controlled water.
- Oil and fuel tanks may not be installed over a hard surface or ground allowing for runoff to controlled water sources.
For further information on these regulations, refer to the GOV UK website, or to OFTEC.
Current English regulation states that;
- Those owning a home, vehicle, boat, or aircraft may legally store a maximum of 30 litres of fuel without consulting their local authority of the PEA. Volumes of fuel up to 10 litres may be stored in a suitable plastic container, whilst volumes of up to 20 litres may be stored in a metal container. Volumes above 20 but below 30 litres must be contained within a demountable fuel tank.
- Those looking to store above 30 litres up to 275 litres of fuel at home must inform their local PEA, and will be required to list their full name, address, and the location at which the fuel is to be stored.
- Those storing above 275 litres up to 3500 litres will be required to obtain a petroleum storage certificate and licence. In addition to this, restrictions may apply to the type of tank used for storing larger volumes of fuel.
- Those wishing to store over 3500 litres of fuel at home must apply for planning permission, and will generally be required to follow business level regulations.
The majority of oil tanks purchased in the UK will come fitted with a detail or identification plate, found on the outside of the tank. For example, most polyethylene or plastic tanks are fitted with a metal plate, or embossed with an identification number, and code indicating the tank design and capacity. The code H3500 would indicate that your oil or fuel tank is a horizontal tank with a maximum capacity of 3500 litres.
If this plate or embossing has become obscured, and you’re unsure of your tank’s capacity, it is important to contact the manufacturer to establish tank details prior to accepting further deliveries of fuel or oil.
OFTEC stands for the Oil Firing Technical Association. Launched initially as a trade association with the intent of raising the UK heating industry’s standards, OFTEC now acts as a ‘competent person registration scheme’, helping individuals and businesses across the UK select qualified tradespeople to complete oil and heating related work in line with all current UK legislation.
OFTEC accesses and certifies engineers, whilst overseeing technician’s training who are providing services in commissioning, servicing, installation, and plant operation that entails the use of oil-fired equipment.
The majority of residential oil tanks supplying single family dwellings, particularly heating oil tanks, do not require planning permission, as they fall within permitted development guidelines when installed correctly. Planning permission, however, will be required if the tank to be installed will;
- Have a maximum capacity of over 3500 litres
- Be in excess of 3m in height (or in excess of 2.5 metres in height when installed within 2 metres of a boundary)
- Be installed within the curtilage of a listed building
- Be installed on designated or protected land
- Supply any building not deemed a house (including apartments)
Further, more extensive guidelines apply to planning permission regulations around oil tanks. For further advice, it is highly advisable to contact OFTEC, or your local planning authority.
Purpose-built fuel storage tanks are the key to long term fuel storage – especially in bulk quantities. All oils and fuels last best when stored in a secure, watertight environment. The addition of suitable additives may further extend the shelf life of a correctly stored fuel or oil.
Diesel, for example, can be stored for anywhere between 3 and 12 months. In order to ensure it lasts, the stored fuel must be kept at a relatively cool temperature, and free from water. The addition of water to any fuel or oil can result in the growth of microbes, which can destroy fuel quality, and even cause tank corrosion. The typical lifespan of heating oil, on the other hand, is between 18 and 24 months, meaning, when stored in a well-maintained tank, one batch of oil may be used to heat your home for two winter periods.
High quality, well-maintained oil, and fuel tanks provide the perfect environment for long term storage.
For those looking to transport quantities of diesel between 100 and 3000 litres, towable bowsers are an excellent piece of equipment. Typically composed of a cylindrical steel diesel tank mounted on a single, or double axel, bowsers allow for the easy movement of diesel across construction sites, within event areas, and on public highways (UN approved models only).
Those looking to transport bulk quantities of diesel above 3000 litres may want to consider looking into the hire of a tanker – the standard model of which can carry up to 36,000 litres. An OFTEC consult will be able to provide further information relating to tanker hire.
The life expectancy of an oil tank varies greatly depending on the material from which it is constructed, its function, the way in which it was installed, and the way in which it is maintained.
Plastic oil tanks typically have a 10-15 year lifespan, supported by a 10-year warranty in the case of many major oil tank manufacturers. The lifespan of these containers can be affected by a wide number of factors, including the design (bunded tanks tend to outlast single skin tanks), conditions, and maintenance. Regularly maintained plastic fuel tanks can last for up to 20 years.
Steel oil storage tanks are generally thought of as a longer-lasting, more durable alternative to plastic tanks – though each material has its pros and cons. Steel’s natural resistance to damaging factors such as UV exposure, temperature change, and accidental damage assist greatly in extending its expected lifespan beyond the expected lifespan of most other fuel and oil containers, with most lasting up to or beyond 20 years.
These guidelines are highly influenced by the way in which tanks are maintained and installed.
The Oil Storage Regulations England applies to all above ground oil storage containers holding a capacity of over 200 litres and all private domestic oil tanks that hold a capacity over 3500 litres. Further information regarding the OSR may be found on the GOV UK website.
If you’re an oil tank owner, or are looking to install an oil tank but require further guidance regarding the OSR, contacting OFTEC may be the best course of action. Their registered technicians are able to assess situations on an individual basis and will advise in line with the OSR.
The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 regulates English above ground oil storage and covers petrol, diesel, vegetable, synthetic and mineral oils. Regulations imposed by The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) require home and business owners storing more than 200 litres of oil in any format to use a secure method of containment. These containment methods commonly include tanks, drums, and bowsers. These regulations assist greatly in the prevention of environmental damage caused by oil tank leaks and spills.
Further detail regarding these regulations can be found on the GOV UK website.
All of OFTEC’s trained and registered technicians, installers, and engineers are listed on their website. OFTECs search facility is able to match customers with local professionals through a set of a few simple questions. After selection, your OFTEC qualified installer will visit the site on which you intend to install your oil or fuel tank, and ensure everything is in order and in line with regulation, before assisting with the commission of any existing tanks (if required), and safely installing a new tank.
Regardless of how well they are stored, all types of fuel will ‘go off’ eventually – though shelf life varies from fuel to fuel, and is highly dependent on the conditions in which it is stored.
Diesel has a shelf life of between 3 and 12 months depending on the storage method, and type of additives used. Should it be exposed to water, diesel is highly likely to suffer from microbial growth and contamination, worsening the quality significantly. After the 12 month mark, diesel tends to thicken and can block filters, causing issues in all applications.
Petrol – whilst less commonly stored in large tanks, has an average life expectancy of around six months. Heat exposure can be extremely detrimental to this fuel.
The typical lifespan of heating oil, on the other hand, is between 18 and 24 months, meaning, when stored in a well-maintained tank, one batch of oil may be used to heat your home for two winter periods.