Bunded Oil Tanks
Whilst oil tanks can be supplied in a range of shapes and sizes, there are basically three types of oil tank available – single skin, double skin (predominantly underground commercial applications), and integrally bunded. An OFTEC registered technician (OFTEC is the UK trade body for the oil fired heating industry) will be able to advise you as to the most appropriate choice of ta
Bunded Oil Tanks
Whilst oil tanks can be supplied in a range of shapes and sizes, there are basically three types of oil tank available – single skin, double skin (predominantly underground commercial applications), and integrally bunded. An OFTEC registered technician (OFTEC is the UK trade body for the oil fired heating industry) will be able to advise you as to the most appropriate choice of tank for your individual circumstances and also whether you need a bunded tank, simply by completing a standard risk assessment. However, it is important that your chosen tank is manufactured to OFTEC standards.
Bunded Oil Tank Regulations:
A bunded oil tank will be required in the following circumstances:
- You require a tank capacity in excess of 2,500 litres.
- Your tank will be situated within 10 metres of controlled water or 50 metres of a borehole or spring.
- Your tank will be located where a spillage could run into an open drain or loose-fitting manhole cover.
- Your tank will be located over hard ground or hard-surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water.
- Your tank will be located in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point.
Bunded oil tank regulations are enforced by the Environment Agency, the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS). According to The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001, if your oil tank meets any of the above criteria and you do not currently have a bunded tank, you will need to have it replaced with a bunded oil tank.
Whilst we cannot replace your tank ourselves, we can put you in touch with a qualified OFTEC engineer who will provide you with a free site survey and quotation for the removal of your old tank and the installation of your new bunded oil tank.
Further advantages to having a bunded oil tank:
In the event of a leak or a spillage, even a small amount of domestic oil can have a devastating impact on the environment and the cost of a spillage or accident can be huge. Prevention is always better than a cure and a bunded tank provides an extra layer of protection, essentially giving you a tank within a tank. The bund must be capable of holding 110% of the tank’s contents, and in order to minimise the risk of pollution from an oil spill and protect the environment, you should consider having a bund anyway, even if it isn’t a legal requirement for your specific installation.
Our experienced OFTEC registered engineers will be happy to address any concerns you might have about your current oil tank and our drivers can also offer advice when delivering your oil.
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