Oil Storage Regulations

Oil StorageOil storage is highly regulated in the UK. Legally you must store all fuels in a safe, responsible and environmentally friendly way. Even the smallest oil spillage can affect the local environment.

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of pollution incidents caused by badly maintained oil tanks. The leaked oil has proved to be very expensive and difficult to clean up.

Since September 2005, it has been a legal obligation for all commercial, manufacturing and official buildings to have secondary containment for all above ground oil storage containers in excess of 200 litres volume.

Oil Storage Documents

DEFRA Oil Storage Regulations 2001

Oil Storage on farms in England & Wales

Oil Storage on farms in Northern Ireland

We supply a number of bunded tanks, which serve the purpose of collecting any fuel in the event of a leakage. The bund has the facility to collect 10% more than the tank’s contents, so you can rest assured that there will be minimal leakage. Please note, rain water can build up inside the bund, so we recommend that you empty it regularly.

It’s also important to monitor your oil usage. If there’s a sudden increase in your oil consumption, check for leaks immediately. We also encourage you to check for any leaks prior to re-filling. This can be costly to you as well as the environment.

If you can smell oil, there’s a strong possibility that you have a leak. So check your tank immediately and contact Speedy Fuels who can come to your site and rectify the problem immediately.

We recommend having your oil tanks and supply pumps regularly checked to avoid any leakages. If you’re unsure how to do it yourself, give us a call today on 0330 123 3773.

All of our staff have knowledge of the legislation and will be able to advise you, should you have any problems.