With so many different oil storage tanks available, it can be hard to decide which is the right one for you. There are many questions to answer, such as whether you need a bunded fuel storage tank, and whether a steel or plastic tank would be a better option. Here we will look at some key points.
Where Will the Tank Be Used and What Size Is Needed?
Tank sizes and capacities vary enormously from a few hundred litres to 100,000 litres-plus. The needs of customers also vary a lot, with oil being stored at homes, on farms and construction and haulage company sites, among others.
In general, we would advise buying a tank with a slight amount of extra capacity, in case your needs grow in the future. There are also special underground fuel storage tanks, and these must be installed strictly in line with the manufacturers’ instructions.
Do You Need a Metal or Plastic Tank?
High-quality oil storage tanks are available in both steel and plastic, but which you choose will depend on several factors. A metal tank is usually made from mild steel, and is durable, strong and built for heavy use. Plastic tanks are typically cheaper but are still of high quality and built to last for many years.
The choice of plastic or steel tank is very much down to personal preference. Some people prefer the non-rusting characteristics of plastic tanks, while others prefer the strength and durability of steel, although it does need regular painting!
What Regulations Do You Need to Comply With?
There are a number of different regulations governing oil storage and it can be confusing, but RPM, as well as engineers from OFTEC (the Oil Fired Technical Association) and the Environment Agency, can provide you with advice on this.
All plastic and steel oil tanks should be manufactured to OFTEC OFS T100 (plastic) and OFS T200 (steel BS 799-5) standards. The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 and building regulations also apply.
Do You Need a Bunded Tank?
The main choice, when purchasing a tank, other than size, capacity and material, is whether you need a bunded oil storage tank or not. Single skin oil tanks are usually used only for smaller domestic premises while bunded fuel storage tanks are more suitable for most other applications.
With a bunded tank, the fuel can be stored within the inner section. This helps to ensure that there is no fuel loss in case of spills and helps to comply with pollution legislation and are required if the tank is close to water. Generally, single skin tanks should not be installed within 10 metres of a water source or 50 metres of a water well for safety reasons. This falls under the regulations set down by OFTEC.
What Security Features Do You Need?
Oil tank security is a major issue and so buyers will want to consider how to secure a tank. Many modern tanks are fully lockable, and you can also buy a range of locking caps.
The position of your tank is vital – oil supply companies need to be able to reach it, but the tank also needs to be concealed, possibly by an outbuilding, shed or fence, to deter potential thieves. Police recommend closed shackle alarmed padlocks, and security lights can also make your tank less attractive to criminals.
RPM Fuels offers a wide range of oil and diesel tanks and other equipment and can give guidance if you are unsure which tank is right for you. Bespoke tanks made to your individual specifications are also an option. Click the link above to contact us and for further details.