Frequently Asked Questions


What is a bunded tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Bunded Fuel Tanks

A bunded oil tank is simply a tank within a
tank, with fuel being stored within the inner tank. The reason behind
the design is to ensure that there is no fuel loss due to the occurrence
of a spill or like for like incident.


Can BioDiesel be stored in a Harlequin Bunded Fuel Station, Bunded Fuel Point or Bunded BioFuel Station?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: Bunded Fuel Tanks

All stations mentioned above are suitable for the storage of BioDiesel blends up to B5.


What is the life expectancy of an oil storage tank?
Posted: 03 July 2012
Category: Bunded Fuel Tanks

Most plastic bunded oil tanks come with a 10
year manufacturers’ warranty and when properly installed and maintained
can last for many years beyond its expiration date. Fuel pumping and
tank equipment usually comes with the standard manufacturers 1 year
warranty.

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Does the RPM Fuels & Tanks Tank Fitting Kit have an isolation valve?
Posted: 26 July 2012
Category: Fuel Filters & Accessories

Yes the fitting kit comes complete with a 1/4
turn isolation or shut off valve so maintenance can be carried out on
the fitting kit or supply pipe even when your heating oil tank is full
of oil.

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WHEN SHOULD A SINGLE SKIN OIL TANK NOT BE INSTALLED?
Posted: 19 December 2014
Category: Single Skin Oil Storage Tanks

Generally a single skin oil tank should NOT
be installed when it is within 10 metres of a water source, 50 metres of
a water well or spring and where spillages could run into a drain or
manhole (please click for more info & related products).

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Can I install a tank in a building?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Installation

Internal oil storage tanks should always be
contained within an enclosed chamber, but never installed in a habitable
area. Detailed requirements for the installation of oil storage tanks
within habitable buildings and domestic garages can be acquired from
OFTEC.


How close to a boundary can I place an Oil Tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Installation

A good rule of thumb to follow is if the tank
is less than 3500 litres, it should not be placed within 760mm of a
combustible boundary e.g. a fence, assuming that there are no flu
outlets or buildings between the tank and the boundary.


Should oil tanks be fitted with sludge cocks/valves?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: Installation

No tank should be fitted with sludge cock or
valves as legal requirements state clearly the risks concerned if there
are any openings below the maximum level of fuel in the tank.


What safety measures should I take with sight gauges?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: Installation

There are a number of precautions and measures you should follow with the incorporation of sight gauges including:


If an oil storage tank is temporarily removed and the original base reinstalled would this be treated as a new installation?
Posted: 03 July 2012
Category: Installation

It is recommended by OFTEC that all oil tank
installations, whether it is a reinstall or new installation complies
with regulatory requirements and should fall within the scope of current
building regulations.


Should I replace older metal tanks?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: Installation

Yes. It is important to replace older metal
tanks as condensation, amongst other things, on the inside of the tank
can cause corrosion, resulting in leaks and an expensive clean ups for
the tanks owner.


Should I relocate my tank?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: Installation

Only if it is necessary – you should always aim to utilise the space that you have in the most effective way.

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What fuel types can be stored in Harlequin oil tanks?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: General

Harlequin Oil Tanks are suitable only for the storage of…


What does the OSR (Oil Storage Regulations) England apply to and does it differ to Scotland’s?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: General

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
3,500 litres.


What is a two pin type socket used for?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

A two pin type socket is used to enable the tank to connect to a SecuTech LRC Overfill Prevention System.


Can I lock my oil tank?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

Yes, with the correct fitting fill point,
manhole access, inspection point or cabinet access, your oil tank can be
locked and left secure.


Is there a maximum temperature of a liquid that can be stored in plastic tanks?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

Yes there is. The maximum liquid temperature is 55°C.


What liquids can be monitored using the Apollo tank gauge?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

The liquids that can be monitored used the Apollo tank guage includes:


How do I know when I need to replace the filter on the tank and where can they be obtained from?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

The need to replace filters will depend upon a
number of factors: the recommended period between filter replacements,
the brand of fuel station/filter and the type of fuel, station you have
installed.


What are the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage)
(England) Regulations 2001 regulates English above ground oil storage
and covers petrol, diesel, vegetable, synthetic and mineral oils.


What are the legal requirements when it comes to vent pipes?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: General

The requirements are different for those in England and in Scotland. Find out by cliking on the question.


Can you explain what “controlled water” is?
Posted: 03 July 2012
Category: General

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.


Is there a difference between the types of tanks?
Posted: 03 July 2012
Category: General

Yes, there are lots of differences between the types of oil storage tanks and these are also available in a variety of sizes.


What is OFTEC?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: General

OFTEC is an independent body that 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.


What size is my oil tank?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: General

Knowing the size of your oil tank and its
capacity will make ordering fuel a lot easier and you can find out the
capacity of your tank by looking at the product label, which should be
placed at the front or side of the tank on plastic tanks.


Where do I find an OFTEC installer/engineer?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: General

You will find a registered engineer on the OFTEC website

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What is a Single Skin or Non-Bunded Plastic Oil Tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Plastic Tanks

A single skin oil tank is a single
rotationally molded container where fuel is stored and it does not
benefit from the addition of a secondary containment. They are suitable
for small domestic installations where bunded oil tanks are not a legal
requirement.


What are the base requirements for plastic oil tanks?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Plastic Tanks

When installing a plastic oil tank bear in mind these requirements…


What materials are used to manufacture plastic oil tanks?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Plastic Tanks

Most oil tanks are manufactured from Medium
Density Polyethylene (MDPE), which boasts excellent chemical and impact
resistance properties.


Are plastic oil tanks designed to protect fuel from the damaging effects of sunlight?
Posted: 15 May 2012
Category: Plastic Tanks

If your tank has been manufactured using UV inhibitor materials then your fuel should be kept from harm.


Why does the tank base have to measure 300mm around the perimeter of the oil tank?
Posted: 03 July 2012
Category: Plastic Tanks

The fire protection provided by the base is
to help prevent the tank itself from becoming overgrown and in turn to
help protect against fire spreading across the ground to the contained
fuel from another source.

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Can I fit a sight gauge to a Heating Oil Tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Environment

Sight gauges are a potential leak point at
any installation and are known at most installations to contravene
Building and Environmental Regulations.


Who should I contact if I discover water / contaminants in my Oil Tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Environment

Condensate is the result of the tank warming
up during the day and then cooling at night and will form in any oil
storage tank. It is perfectly normal and in single skin oil tanks it
will collect in the base of the tank and in bunded oil tanks it may
additionally collect between the inner and outer tanks.


How should oil be removed?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: Environment

Oil that is to be removed from a storage tank is considered a waste oil and should be removed by a professional.

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What should I look for in an oil storage tank?
Posted: 03 May 2012
Category: Pre-purchasing an oil 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 should be manufactured to OFTEC, OFS T100 (plastic) and
OFS T200 (steel BS799-5) standards.


Would I need a bunded or single-skin tank?
Posted: 03 September 2012
Category: Pre-purchasing an oil tank

This should be assessed by an OFTEC engineer and if the following is found, a bunded tank will be required on you site.

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