Oil Fired Technical Association – OFTEC provide a checklist for the installation of oil storage that states a Bunded Tank is required when the tank:
- Is in Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man
- Installed in Wales from the 15th March 2016
- Capacity is over 2,500 Litres
- Is within 10 metres of controlled water
- Located where a spillage could run into an open drain or to a loose-fitting manhole cover
- Within 50 metres of a borehole or spring
- Over hard ground or hard-surfaced ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water
- Located in a position where the vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill point
- Supplying Heating Oil to a building other than a single-family dwelling
- Located within an England ‘Groundwater Source Protection Zone 1’
- Is subject to any other Potential Hazard individual to the site
An oil tank located in a flood risk area or an area exposed to high winds will require a Tank Restraint. This prevents the risk of tank tipping and causing damage to itself and potentially leaking oil.
Fire Protection for Oil Installations
Fire risks are also an important concern of ours when we install any fuel storage tanks. Oil Tanks need Fire Protection if the install matches any of OFTEC’s Fire Hazard checklist.
If the oil tank is located within:
- 1.8 metres of a non-fire rated building or structure (less than 30 minutes of fire protection)
- 760mm of a non-fire rated boundary (less than 30 minutes of fire protection)
- 1.8 metres of non-fire rated eaves (less than 30 minutes of fire protection). That’s 1.8 metres from the part of a roof that meets or overhangs the wall of a building
- 1.8 metres of a construction opening in a building i.e. a Door or Window
- 1.8 metres of a flue termination i.e. An exhaust duct, pipe or opening in a chimney from a burner appliance of fireplace
- Or on a base which does not extend to a minimum of 300mm around all sides of the tank
Regulators for Oil Storage
UKIFDA (United Kingdom and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association) is the trade association for the oil distribution industry in the UK and ROI. It also publishes some very useful information for oil tank installation and the safe storage of fuel oils.
The UK Gov website also has info on the oil storage regulations and home owner’s responsibilities when removing an oil tank.
For domestic oil tank removals, installations and services, we cover Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and West Berkshire.
Health & Safety of our Installers
The Health and Safety of our teams and our clients are always at the forefront of our minds. So that’s why here we perform training regularly and all our staff go through rigorous courses and retraining. We are also certified with CHAS who ensure our health and safety exceeds standards.