3rd January 2016 admin

Placing your static Bunded Fuel tank

When positioning your Static Bunded Fuel Tank a minimum separation distance of 100mm is required between the tank and fire rated barrier unless a larger distance is specified by the tank manufacturer. In some situations, the oil storage tank can be sited inside a building such as a garage or outhouse. Installations of this type require the tank to be self contained within a 60 minute fire rated chamber. Your OFTEC registered technician can advise further on this type of installation. Don’t forget the support The need to provide a suitable base and support for your oil tank is of paramount importance for reasons of both safety and environmental protection.

The base for a Bunded Tank should be:
• Adequate for the weight of the tank;
• Non-combustible, imperforate and level;
• Constructed of concrete, paving stones or stonework;
• Large enough to extend 300mm beyond all sides of the tank.

If an oil storage tank is not adequately supported, the tank itself can be weakened leading to the eventual failure and escape of the stored fuel. During the life of an installation an oil storage tank base will need to provide continual structural support, even though ground conditions may alter from season to season and year to year.

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