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How to maintain your oil tank

All you need to know about your oil tank!

Oil is toxic and harmful to the environment – prevention is better than cure, and keeping your oil tank in good condition is important. The Environment Agency, together with OFTEC and the FPS (the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers), has produced a guide to looking after your above-ground oil storage tank and avoiding polution.

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How to maintain your oil tank

All you need to know about your oil tank!

Oil is toxic and harmful to the environment – prevention is better than cure, and keeping your oil tank in good condition is important. The Environment Agency, together with OFTEC and the FPS (the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers), has produced a guide to looking after your above-ground oil storage tank and avoiding polution. Click here to download their PDF guide.

Tanks come in many shapes and sizes and are usually manufactured from steel or plastic.

A damaged tank can present you with huge costs for repairs, replacement, and even fines for spillages and leaks. A small amount of domestic heating oil can cause a huge amount of damage to the environment, which can threaten wildlife and their habitat, or even human life.


At Northern Energy, we take our responsibility to make sure we deliver a greener energy very seriously. One of our engineers would be happy to come and check your tank if you have any concerns, or our drivers can offer you advice when they deliver your domestic heating oil. However, it is important you check your tank regularly – we would recommend once a month, and each time you order your fuel.

Simple steps to take care of your tank:

  • Inspect your tank regularly for corrosion, damage, interference or for signs of a leak. Check for bulges, deep scratches, cracks, discolouration or rust – remember if your tank is metal, it can rust from the inside out. Look for any oil that may be leaking from pipes, valves and seams.
  • Check regularly to make sure the lid is tightly closed to stop water getting in.
  • Make sure the tank is accessible for delivery drivers, maintenance and repairs. Cutting back branches and removing obstacles will help to prevent your tank from getting damaged.
  • Check the tank base for cracks or signs of subsidence.
  • If your tank is bunded, check the bund for liquid or rubbish.

Our Boiler Servicing package includes an annual check of your tank.

If you have a metal tank consider changing to a plastic tank as they are more robust and won’t corrode, causing a leak.


Do not replace a tank yourself – this is a skilled and complicated process which needs to be carried out by a fully qualified OFTEC registered engineer. If you need any help or advice, please call the Northern Energy team on 01423 770 666.

There are strict rules and regulations regarding oil storage, which are enforced by the Environment Agency. For more information please click here

Need to replace your tank?

We can put you in touch with a qualified OFTEC engineer who will provide you with a free site survey and quotation for installation of a new tank, and removal of the old one.

Please call our sales team on 01423 770 666 for more information.

Tank Regulations

The Fuel Storage Regulations are there to protect the environment and to protect you and your home.
Here are a few common questions answered:

Q. What regulations affect domestic fuel storage?

The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001.

Q. To which sites do they apply?

Private dwellings storing over 3500 litres but it should be noted that Building Regulations reduce this to 2500 litres.

Q. What is the timescale?

The timescale for The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001 was 1st September 2005, whereby all relevant domestic installations affected must be bunded.

Q. How can I ensure that a bund complies with the regulations?

Install an integrally bunded tank (OFST100). Alternatively, you could build a masonry or concrete bund that complies with the stringent requirements of the Pollution Prevention Guidance notes PPG 2 (above ground oil storage tanks) and PPG 26 (oil drum storage) issued by the Environment Agency. Masonry and concrete bunds are covered by Ciria Report 163.
The Titan Environmental bunded range of EcoSafe tanks will meet all your regulatory needs in one easy step.

Q. If I install the wrong type of tank now, must it be changed?

Yes. It must be replaced with a bunded tank, or be bunded straight away.

Q. Where else should a bunded tank be installed?

When on completion of the OFTEC form TI/133 (risk assessment) by an OFTEC qualified engineer, your tank is deemed to need bunding. See the checks below:

  • Tank capacity in excess of 2500 litres
  • Tank within 10 metres of controlled water
  • Tank located where a spillage could run into an open drain or to a loose fitting manhole cover
  • Tank within 50 metres of a borehole or spring
  • Tank over hard ground or hard-surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water
  • Tank located in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point
  • Tank supplying heating oil to a building other than a single family dwelling

Looking after our customers is what we do best.

Please contact our sales team with any queries on 01423 770 666, or visit the Titan website if you would like to be put in touch with a Titan Accredited Installer for an oil storage tank inspection. For more information about tanks and regulations go to: www.titanenv.com

What our clients are saying...

  • "We didn’t bother shopping around as you have given us an excellent and reliable service over the past two years, you seem to have been very fair 'price wise' and your driver is a real star!"
    Mr T, Filey
  • "Thanks very much for excellent service.
    I’m on top up oil tank service and my oil was nearly out I called and you organised delivery for tomorrow which I thought was quite good enough.
    I was delighted to see you actually delivered today.
    Mr D, Glentham
  • "Can I say that the engineer who came prior and the last time is so polite, so cheerful, so helpful and I feel safe. He’s marvellous and so professional – I call him Elvis (forgotten his name)!"
    Mrs F, E. Riding of Yorkshire
  • "Just want to say thank you for our oil delivery on Monday by the small tanker. The road conditions out to our home were still very difficult. Your driver who came up from Harrogate was really pleasant in spite of having a really trying day. Also thank you to your office staff who kept us informed. We are new customers and are very impressed with your service and would definitely recommend you!"
    Mr C
  • "I would just like to thank the ladies in the office that deal with the orders for oil. Last year and now this I had not realised that I needed oil and ran out. On both occasions they all went the extra mile to ensure that I had oil as soon as possible. I really value such good service and would like to say thank you."
    Mrs W, Blyton
  • "We've just had our kerosene delivery and I just wanted to pass on how lovely our delivery driver was. It's the second time he's been to ours and he seems such a nice guy; happy, polite and kindly with our kids, but also gets on with his job. We hope he delivers again next time! Just thought you should know!"
    Mrs B, Retford
  • "The driver for my area has always been friendly, approachable and obliging. He even clears away the dirt and wildlife from the inlet hole."
    Mrs L, North Somercotes
  • "The delivery of oil was fantastic! I’d like to thank the driver very much for his care and consideration."
    Mr B, Leyburn
  • "One of the engineers you use, Rob, was wonderful. He came out to us quite late in the evening and fixed our boiler. He is always very helpful, kind and excellent – a real credit to your company."
    Mrs F, Goole
  • "Regarding the customer service, there are no improvements necessary as it's always been great."
    Mr E, Pickering
  • "The driver is excellent, he is friendly and competent. The office staff are very good too."
    Mrs R, Ilkley
  • "The new delivery driver appears as friendly, pleasant and professional as the previous driver who we had for many years (Dave from Masham) and who was superb in every aspect."
    Mrs B, Spennithorne
  • "I have been with Northern Energy for a number of years now and delighted to be one of your customers."
    Mrs D, Alvingham
  • "The service engineer, a young man named John, was excellent, he was extremely professional and competent, a credit to your organisation as were all the staff who helped with this problem. Thank you."
    Mr B, Malton
  • "We had a breakdown in gas supply yesterday (Sunday). A delightful gentleman came out quickly and fixed it. Later in the day it went off again. Today, two splendid engineers came and fitted a new regulator. An excellent service, from the ladies on the telephone to the engineers. Please thank them all for us. We're grateful and impressed."
    Mr H, Skipton
  • "Northern Energy is an excellent company to deal with! Keep up the good work."
    Mr & Mrs H, Scunthorpe
  • "Very happy with all aspects of your very good delivery service!"
    Mr & Mrs H, Lincoln
  • "Please keep up the good work, you are a very dependable firm to deal with, thank you."
    Mr & Mrs S, North Kelsey
  • "Very satisfied with the service received during the past 12 months and previously."
    Mrs B, York
  • "I think the text system to my phone is an excellent idea, this with good communication makes for outstanding customer service."
    Mr C, Tadcaster
  • "The service is excellent. We would add our sincere praise over the boiler service, this man is a credit to you. His attitude is the best."
    Mr J, Speeton
  • "Thank you for your fast delivery, keep up the good work!"
    Mr W, Otley
  • "Great team! I have always been more than happy, the service has always been great!
    Well done."
    Mrs R, Ripon
  • "And the same to you and all your staff at Northern Energy for providing an excellent and courteous service throughout the year. Keep up the good work and thank you once again."
    Mr S, Newark
  • "The efforts made by your reception staff were both very polite and successful in difficult circumstances. Our boiler breakdown happened during a holiday and a weekend. Although the allocated engineers were short staffed and couldn't turn out Northern Energy found us an excellent and very efficient engineer who dealt with the problem well with the 48 hours, thank you!"
    Mr W, Bedale
  • "I would just like to express my thanks and appreciation for the speed at which my oil was delivered recently. "
    Mrs M, Selby
  • "Your engineer came round and fixed my mums boiler. It is really difficult living so far away from my mum when these circumstances happen. Once again you have been wonderful and shown true customer service."
    Mrs C, Staffs
  • "I would like to commend and thank the our tanker driver. He is efficient and courteous. Many thanks for your prompt service!"
    Mr T, Harrogate
  • "A very efficient and comprehensive team that recently completed my boiler service. They thoroughly explained what they had done and completed some tasks that had been overlooked by previous engineers."
    Mr K, Kirkby Malzeard
  • "The reason I use Northern Energy is because all the people on the phone are so helpful and efficient "
    Mr D, Morpeth
  • "I would like to thank you and Wendy for such a wonderful service provided to myself. As a new customer to Northern Energy, you have exceeded my expectations, and you are both truly a credit to your organisation."
    Miss M, Market Rasen
  • "Yet again first class customer service from NES as your wagon has just been with our Xmas Top Up when I only rang your office on 2 days ago.

    Many thanks and a very merry Xmas to you and everyone at NES HQ Harrogate.
    Mr G, Northallerton
  • "Very professional boiler service carried out by a very pleasant engineer!"
    Mrs H, Northallerton
  • "A good boiler service, carried out an efficient, pleasant and tidy engineer."
    MR W, Malton
  • "Our boiler service was carried out in a professional manor. The plumber was courteous & friendly, explaining what he was doing and why. "
    Mrs R, Grimsby
  • "I was pleased with the efficient way my boiler service was carried out."
    MR F, Wetherby
  • "Our boiler service was done in accordance with our instructions by very pleasant staff."
    Mr N, Knaresborough
  • "My boiler service was carried out by the same people as before - polite and efficient. There was a concise and clear outcome. "
    MR K, York
  • "Professional & trustworthy boiler service. I did not have to be present. "
    Mrs S, York
  • "Very prompt call out for a boiler issue, fixing the problem straight away!
    Good lad Will!"
    Mr P M R, Burnt Yates
  • "The boiler service was exceptional. 3.5 hours from me calling Northern Energy my boiler was sorted. I'm so pleased that I decided to have an account with N.E. and have my boiler looked after by your Experts. "
    Mr B, Scunthorpe
  • "Friendly and helpful response when reporting my boiler breakdown to Northern Energy. Contact was made from the heating engineer within 2 hours and subsequent good service from him later the same day. "
    Mr M J, Humshaugh
  • "James is the best oil burner engineer we've had since entering your Boiler Breakdown scheme. "
    DR J J, Slingsby
  • "I was very pleased with Northern Energy, organised and efficient, Chris the boiler engineer did his job excellently!"
    Mr P S, Market Rasen
  • "It is good to see even in a large business, customer care does still exist. Well done! When my holiday cottage ran out with elderly guests in it, the two ladies I spoke to on your sales team were in fact extremely obliging!"
    Mrs B, Beningbrough
  • "I would just like to say thank you for your delivery service.
    Tara is always a pleasure to deal with and very helpful.
    On two occasions, once following oil theft and the second more recently when we ran out of fuel, I rang on the Monday morning and received delivery that afternoon.
    The service you give to your customers is excellent and I would not hesitate to recommend you to others.
    Once again from one very happy (warm) customer."
    Mrs C, Borrowby
  • "If you're looking for an LPG supplier, Northern Energy is the supplier you want.
    Their prices are value for money, and their service has been absolutely faultless in all the years we have been with them.
    And they're really nice people too. In fact the only reason we're leaving them is because they don't deliver to Norfolk.
    Mr B, Newcastle
  • "Such a good company to deal with! Everyone always seems so friendly and helpful"
    Mrs B, The Tourism Network, Masham
  • "It is excellent peace of mind, such a helpful and friendly boiler service engineer. I am more than happy. "
    Mr T, Consett
  • "The people that came to do our boiler service were very friendly and efficient. They explained everything and took photos of the parts we couldn't quite see. We were really happy with them. "
    Mr A, York
  • "Chris the boiler engineer is always good at his job and goes out of his way to please!"
    Mr B, Retford
  • "The boiler service engineer was very friendly and professional. Nice and tidy work done."
    Mr D, Raithby by Spilsby
  • "The boiler engineer was most efficient and courteous. "
    Mr L, Barnetby
  • "When our boiler service was done, everything was done quickly and efficiently by the lovely Chris."
    Mrs B, Skegness
  • "As always, our boiler engineer did a good job, never rushed and very thorough!"
    Mr S, Thirsk
  • "The boiler engineer was very good and spent time to ensure boiler was working efficiently. "
    Mr P, Hartwith
  • "The boiler engineer was polite, on time, explained everything, clean and efficient. At our request he replaced our Watchman."
    Mr L, Scunthorpe
  • "We always find the Lincs boiler service man to be polite and helpful, explaining the state of the boiler and heating system. "
    Mr S, Chapel St. Leonards
  • "Very pleased with Northern Energy, organised and efficient. Chris the boiler engineer (as always) doing his job excellently - thank you!"
    Mrs S, Market Rasen
  • "Three and a half hours after calling Northern Energy my boiler was sorted. I didn't even expect it to be the same day. I received a text from the engineer a day after to see if everything was OK.
    I am so pleased that I have an account with Northern Energy and have my boiler looked after by experts. "
    Mr B, Scunthorpe
  • "We were dealt with quickly, our options were clearly explained, a solution found and our boiler was fixed before Christmas. Excellent. "
    Mr W, Driffield
  • "Great boiler engineer, he would have come to the property the evening of the breakdown had I wished!"
    Mr S, Meldon
  • "On behalf of my mum, she has been a customer of yours for a long time and she always sings the praise of your staff from the people that answer the phones, the delivery drivers and the engineers. I would like to say a very big thank you for the excellent customer service your team provide. Especially this week when her boiler broke down and the problem was solved so swiftly. "
    Mrs B, Pontefract
  • "Very prompt and helpful. The engineer got the boiler going straight away and came back a couple of days later to replace parts. It was only an hour and twenty minutes from my call to arrival "
    Mr P, Driffield
  • "I approached Northern Energy for help with my boiler. Without doubt, Dave Jeff and his Oil Force Team are the most efficient, considerate and knowledgeable boiler maintenance team we have ever come across. We would recommend them to anyone. "
    Mr C, Masham
  • "Many thanks for your prompt service. Special thanks to driver Jeff, who is a great advertisement for your company!"
    Mr T, Harrogate
  • "A very, very big thank you for the oil delivery this morning.
    I rang at 8am and explained we were very low on oil and that my wife had a medical condition where she needs to keep warm. Your phone call at around 9 am to say the tanker was on its way caught us by surprise. It arrived 30 minutes later!
    Truly exceptional service.
    Mr W, Donington on Bain
  • "Thank you so much for the M&S voucher, what a lovely gesture.
    After having been treated so badly by my previous gas supplier, this was a lovely surprise and much appreciated.
    Although I was left out of gas, you responded so quickly and it was obvious you were keen to remedy it.
    Your customer service team is excellent. I will have no problems recommending Northern LPG."
    Mrs W, Northumberland
  • "The standard of my boiler service was exceptional. I phoned the engineer at 8am on a Saturday and he arrived at 9:15am! He managed to diagnose the problem and make a temporary fix for the hot water. A new part arrived the following Tuesday and he came and fixed it. "
    Mr A, Tadcaster
  • "Excellent boiler service. The engineer replaced the circulation pump and fully explained everything.
    I would recommend Northern Energy on the basis of this service - a definite plus point!"
    Mrs H, Retford
  • "Couldn't have been better in any way!"
    Mrs J, Grimsby
  • "Excellent, friendly and very punctual engineer.
    I would recommend without reservation!"
    Mr W P D
  • "Thank you so very much for such a quick delivery we really do appreciate it .............especially as today is absolutely freezing.
    Your company always helps if they can ............its like a family run business who cares for their customers.....thank you .
    Kind regards
    Mrs S, Market Rasen
  • "Thank you so much for a fantastic service! Your driver Ted was extremely polite and courteous, a credit to your company!"
    Mr H, Whixley
  • "I have worked in the service industry for more than 20 years. I have to say that I am super impressed with every part of the service I receive from Northern Energy. The customer service team who handle my calls are so polite, efficient and helpful. I cannot praise them enough. Thank you from a very satisfied customer."
    Mrs G, Rosedale
  • " I recently had to call out due to an unresponsive boiler, thanks ever so much for the rapid deployment of the engineer who was very courteous, polite and got to work immediately which relieved us all due to my son being only 10 months old, we are so glad to find such a reputable company with quality whom I can trust and rely on, thanks again to you all and your call out engineers, I will be sure to spread the word and have already recommended you!"
    Mr M
  • "Got a delivery today of heating oil and the driver was very friendly and helpful, he made sure we got our oil despite having a lot of left over snow and flooding.

    Highly recommend this company who were helpful from ordering to delivery.

    Mrs N
  • "We had such an emergency on Saturday 3rd March (My fault ). Rang Northern Energy line at 10:30 am, found that there was somebody covering emergencies but still expected my delivery the next week. Called back to let me know there would be a delivery that day! Turned up and away by 2 pm. Can't ask for a better service. I was fortunate that somebody had over ordered near me on that day's delivery, but it still has to be managed by somebody who knows what's going on around them. "
    Mr C