If you want to store oil on your property, then you’ll need a purchase an oil tank that allows you to do this safely, responsibly and in line with all current environmental legislation. There is a huge variety of oil tanks on the market today in all different sizes, styles and materials. For that reason, it’s important to do your research and find the most suitable tank that will best fit your specific needs and requirements. To help you choose the best storage tank for your property, here’s everything you need to know about plastic bunded oil tanks.
What is a bunded oil storage tank?
A bunded oil tank is specially designed with an outer tank to offer an extra layer of protection against leaks and spills. If a leak occurs, the bunded layer has the capacity to securely hold at least 110% of the capacity of the inner tank. This unique construction prevents any oil from escaping and causing serious harm to the surrounding environment. For that reason, bunded oil tanks are generally considered to be the safest way to store fuel on your property.
When is a bunded oil tank required?
A bunded fuel tank is required when storing more than 200 litres of fuel on your property. In some circumstances, a bunded tank is required regardless of the amount of fuel being stored i.e. if the container is located near a public water source such as a lake, river or stream. However, it’s recommended that you store your fuel in a bunded tank in all circumstances to help minimise the risk of environmental harm. Choosing a bunded oil tank for your storage needs others a number of fantastic benefits, this includes:
Protecting the environment
As already mentioned, the main benefit of a bunded tank is that it offers far better protection against environmental damage by minimising the risk of leaks. Any oil leak can cause severe harm to the surrounding environment, so it’s crucial that homeowners do whatever they can to prevent this from happening.
Remaining compliant with legislation
All fuel storage must comply with legislation put in place to protect the environment and the health of the public. Failing to comply with regulations could result in large fines and even prosecution. Choosing a bunded tank will give you peace of mind knowing that your fuel storage meets all current legislation. What’s more, a bunded tank is in fact required by law in some circumstances i.e. if you’re storing more than 200 litres of fuel on your property. It’s therefore important to always check what regulations apply.
Preventing fuel theft
Fuel theft is on the rise and can prove extremely costly to homeowners. Bunded tanks help prevent theft as your valuable fuel is contained within the inner tank, which is protected by the outer tank. This extra layer of protection makes it harder for criminals to access your fuel and can act as an effective deterrent.
A bunded fuel tank can save you money in a number of ways. Firstly, it prevents leaks and fuel theft, which could cost you large amounts of money having to replace lost or stolen fuel. You also have the opportunity to save money by purchasing fuel in bulk and taking advantage of the best prices. It’s also worth noting that bunded fuel tanks are extremely durable and long lasting when compared to traditional single skin designs. For instance, most single skin tanks have a 2-year warranty, whereas bunded plastic tanks tend to have 10 years. With the correct maintenance, a bunded oil tank should give you many years of hassle-free service.
Additional safety features
Along with the above, bunded tanks come with a variety of additional safety features that further enhance their safety and security. This includes - a tank gauge so you can identify when a refuel is needed, a warning system to alert you of any sudden drop in fuel level, and an overfill protection device to stop you overfilling your tank.
Storing your oil in a bunded tank will give you peace of mind knowing that you fuel is stored in the safest, securest and most responsible way possible. A bunded tank is the best storage choice in all situations, but it’s important to be aware that a bunded tank is required by law in some circumstances. If you’re unsure whether you require a bunded tank, or would like help determining the best bunded tank for your requirements, then you can contact your local OFSTED-registered installer for advice.