Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tank FAQs
As a leading supplier of Diesel (including Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil [HVO]) Storage and Dispensing Tanks to customers across the UK and Ireland, we’re often asked questions about how to store Diesel safely and responsibly. We’ve provided answers to many of the questions we’re asked regularly below. However, if you’ve a question that isn’t answered here, why not get in touch with us? You can call us on 01789 632 151 in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, call 01 5268 642 in the Republic of Ireland or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re open 9am to 5pm weekdays, excluding Bank and Public Holidays.
What is a Bunded Diesel Tank?
A Bunded Diesel Tank consists of a tank within a tank. Diesel is stored inside the inner tank, whilst the outer tank can hold at least 110% of the volume of the inner tank and acts as a failsafe in the event of a spill. Should a spill occur, spilt fuel will be contained inside the outer tank and a potential environmental pollution incident will be avoided.
Do you supply Gravity Fed Diesel Dispensing Kits?
As an environmentally responsible fuel tank supplier, we do not supply gravity fed delivery kits. This is due to the significant risk of an environmental pollution associated with such systems. Furthermore, at many Diesel storage installations today, the use of such systems is effectively prohibited by law.
Do you supply batteries as standard with low voltage Diesel Dispensing Tanks?
No. The delivery systems fitted to Diesel Tanks equipped with a low-voltage (12v or 24v DC) delivery system are primarily designed for connection to the electrical supply on suitable equipped vehicles.
Does the polymer used in the manufacture of Plastic Diesel Tanks contain UV stabilising agents to protect against the damaging effects of sunlight?
What materials are your Diesel Tanks manufactured from?
Plastic Diesel Tanks are rotationally moulded from a specialist grade of Medium Density Polyethylene (MDPE), whilst our Steel Tanks are manufactured from mild steel. Hybrid Tanks typically have a mild-steel outer tanks and an inner tank, manufactured from MDPE.
Can I store Kerosene (C1/C2) in a Diesel Dispensing Tank?
No. The refueling system fitted to the Diesel Dispensers we supply are suitable only for the delivery of Diesel and Gas Oil. Failure to comply with this requirement could cause irreparable equipment damage and may result in serious injury or death.
Can I store Petrol in a Diesel Dispensing Tank?
A very definite no. The refueling system fitted to the Diesel Dispensers we supply are suitable only for the delivery of Diesel and Gas Oil. They are unsuitable for the storage or dispensing of Petroleum Spirit or any other highly flammable product. Failure to comply with this requirement could cause irreparable equipment damage and may result in serious injury or death.
Can I store and dispense Gas Oil in a Bunded Diesel Tank?
Yes, all our Diesel Tanks are suitable for the storage and dispensing of Gas Oil (Class A2 and D) in accordance with British Standard BS 2869.
Are the Flow Meters fitted to your Diesel Tanks suitable or Weights & Measures approved for the resale of fuel?
There is a 2-pin connection point fitted to my Diesel Tank. What is this for?
This allows fuel delivery personnel to connect an electronic overfill prevention device to the tank.
Can I store Biodiesel blends in a Diesel Tank?
Unless specified otherwise, the Diesel Tanks we supply are suitable only for the storage of Diesel fuel with a maximum bio element of 7% Fatty Acide Methyl Ester (FAME), manufactured in compliance with EN 590 (or equivalent). Diesel Tanks are unsuitable for fuels with a higher bio-element.
Can I dispense AdBlue from a Diesel Tank?
No. AdBlue is a specialist product and requires the purchase of a separate, specialist tank. Click here to view our range of purpose-designed AdBlue Tanks.
What is Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO)?
Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil - often simply called HVO - is a next-generation biofuel, made from waste vegetable oil. HVO is sometimes marketed as 'Renewable Diesel' or 'Green Diesel'. Compared with regular, mineral Diesel, HVO fuel offers improved cold weather performance, a longer storage life, higher cetane valves and a reduction of up to 90% reduction in harmful greenhouse gas emissions, including NOx and CO2.
Is HVO the same as Biodiesel?
No. HVO is produced through the hydrogenation or hydrocracking of waste vegetable oils, whereas Biodiesel is produced using transesterfication.
Are the Diesel Tanks you supply compatible with the storage of HVO fuels?
Many Diesel Tanks are now either HVO compatible, or can be ordered with a HVO upgrade kit, allowing them to be used with HVO fuel.
Can I store HVO in an existing Diesel Tank?
Research has shown that whilst in many instances, existing Diesel Tanks may be compatible with HVO, the wetted components fitted to them may not be. It's therefore recommended that you contact your storage tank supplier to confirm compatibility, before taking delivery of HVO.
Can I store Diesel in a HVO Tank?
In almost all instances, the answer is 'Yes'. However, we'd always recommend confirming suitability with your storage tank manufacturer.
Can I store Biodiesel blends in a HVO Tank?
The HVO Tanks we supply are suitable only for the storage of Diesel fuel with a maximum bio element of 7% Fatty Acide Methyl Ester (FAME), manufactured in compliance with EN 590 (or equivalent). HVO are unsuitable for fuels with a higher bio-element.
Are the Bunded Diesel Storage Tanks you supply manufactured in accordance with all applicable product requirements contained within The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (England) Regulations 2001?
Are the Bunded Diesel Storage Tanks you supply manufactured in accordance with all applicable product requirements contained within The Water Environment (Oil Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006?
Are the Bunded Diesel Storage Tanks you supply manufactured in accordance with all applicable product requirements contained within The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) (Wales) Regulations 2016?
Are the Bunded Diesel Storage Tanks you supply manufactured in accordance with all applicable product requirements contained within The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010?
Can you supply Bunded Diesel Dispensing Tanks with an additional outlet to service a fixed combustion appliance e.g. a Grain Dryer?
Yes, this option is available on selected models as an extra cost product option. To confirm availability and price, please call us in the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man on 01789 632 151 and in the Republic of Ireland call 01 526 8642. Our Customer Support Team is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm - excluding Bank and Public Holidays. You can also e-mail email@example.com or complete our Online Contact Form.
What is an Automatic Nozzle?
An automatic nozzle incorporates a sensor which automatically discontinues the supply of fuel when the level of fuel inside the tank reaches the maximum permissible level.
I wish to use a Portable Diesel Tank at a static dispensing installation. Do I require a Bunded Tank?
Yes, Portable Tanks with a capacity greater than 200 litres, must be afforded adequate secondary containment when used at a static installation.
Are your Diesel Tanks suitable for use in ATEX Zones 0 - 2?
My Diesel Tank is supplied with a fuel filter. How often should I replace it?
The filter should be replaced either when there is a noticeable reduction in delivery speed, or annually, whichever is sooner. For the avoidance of doubt, all fuel filters are consumable parts. Whilst guaranteed to be fit for purpose, they are not covered under the warranty supplied with the Diesel Tank.
I am fitting a 230v AC powered Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tank. Can I connect the tank to the mains electricity supply myself?
No. all mains powered Diesel Tanks must only be installed by a competent, professional, electrician in accordance with prevailing electrical safety requirements.
Is it necessary to incorporate a Drip Loop in the supply to 230v AC and 110v AC powered Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tanks?
Yes. Dependent upon model, this should be situated either inside the equipment cabinet or within the bunded area. A competent electrician can advise.
There is a strong smell of Diesel from tank on warm days. Does this mean the tank is leaking?
All our Bunded Diesel Tanks are fitted with vents as standard, to ensure the tank does become over-pressurised. On warmer days, there may be a slight smell of Diesel from the tank. This is normal and in itself, is unlikely to signify a leak.