Tank storage locations
You must store your fuel tank:
- With minimal risk of damage by impact, the elements or machinery
- Away from flooding risk
- At least 1m clear of inland or coastal waters
- At least 50m clear of a spring
- Away from roof height and above
- On an impermeable surface if near to deliveries
If you’re struggling to find a suitable location to store your fuel, give us a call on 0330 678 0880 and we can advise on the best practices.
Fuel tank fittings and connections
It’s important to use the correct fuel tank connections and fittings to avoid pollution fines and penalties.
Commercial pipework installations are usually made from steel, providing added protection from damage. Please note, steel pipework must not be galvanised and must be painted to reduce corrosion.
Domestic pipework is usually made from plastic-coated soft copper tubing, allowing it to be easily manipulated.
You must ensure aboveground pipework is supported so it’s secure and unable to become loose. It must also be away from damage by impact and collision.
If your pipework is underground, it can be tricky to detect any leaks or damage, which increases the risk of pollution. Therefore, it’s best to install aboveground pipework where possible.
If your fixed fuel tank has a flexible pipe to dispense oil, it must have a drip tray and be located inside a secure cabinet that’s locked shut when out of use.
Alternatively, where the pipe leaves the tank, it must be stored inside the bund with a lockable valve. The tap or valve must be at the input end and automatically close when out of use. Unless it has an automatic cut off mechanism, it must not be able to be fixed open.
A pump is a potential source of ignition so there are various rules that surround its use.
- Remain locked shut and in an enclosed casing when out of use or alternatively, the electricity supply must be cut off to prevent wasted use
- Be stored outside of the bund on an impervious base and in open air
- Be located away from damage by impact
- Have a valve in its feed line to prevent the tank contents from emptying in the event of damage
A valve is essential to prevent the supply of oil in the event of a fire.
It must be:
- Before the point of entry
- Outside the building
- In view from the filling point
- Locked when out of use
- Triggered by a remote sensor
Pipes must have shut-off valves which are fire-safe when tested to BS EN IS 10497 as they are a potential source of leakage.
If your fuel tank has vent pipes, taps or valves that are permanently attached and risk oil escaping, they must be inside the bund and positioned so that any escaped oil will go directly inside the bund.
Fuel tanks must have an automatic overfill prevention device if the tank and vent pipe are out of sight, such as a:
- Device to cut off the oil when it’s full
- An alarm
- Fixed tank probe to signal an alert
Screw fittings/fixed couplings
You have a legal duty to ensure that the screw fitting or fixed coupling does not erode and there is no debris inside.
A remote fill refers to if your tank is topped up at a fill point that’s outside of the bund or drip tray. When using a remote fill pipe, you must use a drip tray to catch and spills and prevent environmental damage.