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Oil Tank Installation

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What to consider when getting a new oil tank 


What type of tank do you need?

It is really important to have the highest standard available, however will only fit a oil tank meeting UK safety regulations. There are 3 different types of tank, over ground, partially buried and under ground, all of these tanks will have a clear marketing to state the maximum capacity which you should not overload.

Any tank fully or partially submersed will have a special design allowing it to compensate for different pressure levels based on it being empty or full. We are able to provide you with the specialist advise you need for choosing the correct tank, planning, installing and maintaining.

Each installation follows the tank manufacturer’s instructions , especially the maximum depth, amount of infill and concrete when it comes to sunken tanks. All tanks should be encased in concrete and be located a minimum of two metres away from any vehicle movement or parking areas.

Access to your tank

During the initial planning consultation you must take into consideration the access required to the tank, not just for installation and maintenance but also for refuelling, how will the delivery driver be able easily and safely reach the tank?
Think about:

  • You must have room for all round visual inspection
  • Make sure you minimise the number and type of obstacles the delivery driver may have to encounter in order to fill the tank
  • where the oil tanker can park

Before we agree to commence we will also consult with you over the safest and most practical options.

Correct installation

Before the installation can commence the base for the tank has to be correct.
UK Building regulations insist oil tanks to be installed on a stable level that extends a minimum of 30cm past the widest point of the tank in all directions. This is a fire prevention distance to help stop the spreading of fire from other objects such as plants, or buildings to the tank.
There are 2 options for the base either a 100mm thick slab of concrete or closely butted paving slabs of minimum 50 mm thick. In both instances, the base must be constructed on a solid foundation in accordance to the conditions of the ground.

When an oil tank is required to be elevated above the ground, we always follow UK building regulations along with the manufacturers guidelines for safe and proper installation. Plastic oil tanks must be supported across their entire base.

For further information please contact us


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