Frequently Asked Questions for Diesel Tanks:
Which Tank Is Better, Plastic or Steel
Steel tanks can offer a much higher storage capacity and can be made to any dimensions, various specifications, offer increased protection from accidental damage, further protection against theft through drilling, and can have a longer lifespan (if maintained correctly).
Plastic tanks are approved in one design so cannot be altered in shape or dimensions, they are more easily moved, generally cheaper to purchase and install, and are less vulnerable to leakage when produced in a seamless, bunded design. Whilst it is important to ensure that a plastic tank is somewhat protected from the elements and UV exposure depending on the type of plastic it is made from, steel tanks must be maintained in the form of painting or treatment in order to prevent rusting. Both types of tank must be inspected on a regular basis to ensure any signs of damage or leakage are caught early.
What is a bunded tank?
A Bunded Oil Tank is simply a tank within a tank. The fuel is stored in the inner tank and the outer tank acts as a failsafe so that in the event of a spillage, excess fuel will collect in the bund. They are an absolute requirement at commercial, industrial and institutional premises.
Are plastic diesel tanks designed to protect from the damaging effects of sunlight?
Yes. Every plastic diesel tank sold by The Tank Shop is manufactured from a material which incorporated UV inhibitors. These prevent UV rays from permeating the structure of the tank, thus preventing fuel degradation.
What is the life expectancy of an plastic storage tank?
Most plastic bunded diesel tanks come with a 10 year manufacturers’ warranty and when properly installed and maintained can last for many years beyond its expiration date. Fuel pumping and tank equipment usually comes with the standard manufacturers 1 year warranty.
Can I store and dispense Kerosene (C1/C2) from your diesel dispensers?
No. The pumps and ancillary equipment fitted to these tanks are suitable only for use with Diesel or Biodiesel, as per product specifications. Dispensing a non-approved fuel from this equipment could result in serious injury or death.
What liquids are Fuel Stations, Fuel Points suitable for storing and dispensing?
Diesel (D) to British Standard BS2869. Additionally, all Fuel Stations, are also suitable for the storage and dispensing of BioDiesel with a bio-element of up to 8% concentration. Most can also dispense HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil), a completely renewable diesel alternative based on vegetable oils, grease waste, or residues from the food industry and agriculture.
Are the flow meters fitted to your fuel dispensers suitable for the resale of fuel?