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over 24 years of experience in the fuel storage and fuel handing equipment industry

RPM Fuels & Tanks has over 24 years of experience in the fuel storage and fuel handling equipment industry and aims to provide a high-quality product and service at a competitive price. Whether it’s a steel or plastic tank, highway or site bowser, fuel transfer pump or any other fuel accessory, let us source the best deal for you.

In addition, we can also supply lubricant equipment such as oil and grease pumps plus waste oil storage and handling equipment from a wide variety of suppliers and manufacturers like Samoa, Piusi, Harlequin and Titan to name but a few.

So contact us today on 01473 787787 to find out more.

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  • Can you store fuel in plastic?

    Fuels including oil, diesel, biodiesel, and some variants of kerosene are normally suitable for storage within a purpose manufactured fuel storage tank. These tanks are made with specific varieties of plastic which prevent breakdown through molecule interaction and are typically labelled per model with which individual fuel they are built to store.

    Petrol is slightly different to the above fuels, as its composition makes it more likely to break down even high-density plastics over a shorter period of time. As petrol can only be stored for approximately 3 to 6 months regardless, it is recommended that it is stored in a steel drum, or purpose-built container.

  • How do you store fuel long term?

    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.

  • What fuel can be stored the longest?

    Outside of fuels typically stored in a tank or used for transport, the fuels or combustible materials with the longest shelf lives when stored correctly include propane, alcohol, wood, and charcoal. These fuels may be left for years and remain combustible if stored or treated correctly.

    Within the scope of fuels commonly used to power machines or for transportation, Diesel is by far the longest-lasting, with its shelf-life extending beyond a year when correctly stored in a cool, contaminant-free environment. Petrol, on the other hand, is extremely sensitive to oxygen exposure during storage and will last a maximum of 6 months, even when stored well.

    Heating oil has a shelf life of between 18 and 24 months when stored correctly.

  • What is a fuel storage tank?

    Depending on you, or your business’ fuel/oil consumption habits and requirements, a fuel storage tank may be the most cost-effective and efficient way to keep your heating, vehicles, or systems running. Generally defined as a purpose-built, safe container for the ‘bulk’ (above 55 gallons) storage of flammable liquids, fuel storage tanks are large, purpose-built tanks, available in sizes with a maximum capacity of upwards of 10,000 litres, often taking a cylindrical or square form. Fuel storage tanks are most commonly composed of plastic, or steel.

    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.

  • Who are the best fuel tank manufacturers?

    There is no singular ‘best’ fuel tank manufacturer, though, there is a set of industry leaders known for producing a wide variety of tanks suited to a number of different industries, and purposes. Those looking for a fuel containment unit should take into consideration their individual requirements relating to size, durability, budget, site restrictions, usage, and features, before settling on a manufacturer or model.

    Highly regarded fuel storage tank and accessory manufacturers on the UK market today include Harlequin, Atlantis, Carbery, Fil-rite, FMT, Piusi, and Titan – all of which are stocked by RPM Fuels.

  • Do I need a license to store diesel?

    Those owning a home, vehicle, boat, or aircraft may legally store a maximum of 30 litres of diesel without consulting their local authority of the PEA. Volumes of diesel 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.

    Individuals storing between 275 and 3500 litres of diesel on their property must inform their local PEA in writing of their name, address, and the location and amount of fuel to be stored.

    Those wishing to store in excess of 3500 litres of diesel on any property must apply for a license to do so, and follow all current UK legislation relating to diesel and fuel storage.

  • Do I need planning permission for a fuel tank?

    The majority of smaller fuel tank installations 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.

  • What should I look for in an oil storage tank?

    There are a number of standards that your oil tank should comply with including the BS EN ISO 9001. All plastic and steel oil tanks sold on the UK market by a reliable manufacturer or distributor should be manufactured to OFTEC, OFS T100 (plastic) and OFS T200 (steel BS799-5) standards. These standards are put in place to ensure fuel storage tanks of all varieties are safe for use throughout their lifespan when properly maintained, working to minimise environmental damage, accidents, and fuel loss.

  • What is a bund?

    A bund, in fuel and oil storage and dispensing, is a secondary containment unit installed around a vessel or area in which hazardous or dangerous liquids are held – in this case, oil, diesel, kerosene, or AdBlue – to name a few. Bunds may arrive custom moulded as part of a modern plastic bunded tank, or may be constructed of steel, or concrete.

    Bunded tanks operate on a tank within a tank basis, with the outward shell being able to hold at least 110% of the inner tank’s maximum capacity, ensuring that all escaped fuel is contained in the event of leakage or breakage.

  • How often should a fuel tank be replaced?

    Fuel tanks should generally be replaced upon any sign of significant damage, or, as they start to show age towards the end of their estimated lifespan. This lifespan varies slightly depending on the type of tank in use, the material it is constructed from, and the way in which it has been used and 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.

    As repairs to damaged, cracked, or split fuel tanks are generally difficult to complete, OFTEC and UK GOV guidelines highly recommend replacing tanks as soon as possible after damage.

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