Why Use Bunded Tanks For Heating Oil Storage


Bunded oil tanks are durable, well-designed, and ideal for domestic heating oil storage. We have a look at the advantages of burned oil tanks, and how they can be of benefit to you.

With fluctuating oil prices, it’s important to ensure that your domestic heating oil supplies are stored securely, and that means making sure you use the right tank. However, unless you work in the industry, you may not know the difference between the tank options available.

It could be that you have never come across the word ‘bunded’ before, but if you were to spot one of these tanks, you would instantly recognise it for what it is. Bunded oil tanks have been used for many years in commercial and domestic situations, and have features that have made them a popular option.

A bunded tank is a tank-within-a-tank, meaning that if one of the tanks gets damaged or springs a leak, the oil will not damage the environment. The dual-skin nature of bonded tanks works to prevent the risk of leaks and help save you money.

Bunded tanks are also very durable and will last for many years. However, to ensure they last, it is important to protect them. Tanks in rural areas can be targeted by criminals, so make sure you increase security on your tank with locks and alarms.

You must also ensure that your tank is regularly serviced by an OFTEC-qualified technician to help prevent spills and breakdowns.

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Why Is Fuel Polishing Necessary?


Fuel polishing is a cleaning process that is necessary to remove or filter contamination from diesel oil fuels. It is particularly important when diesel has been stored in a fuel tank for a long period, because it can deteriorate and negatively affect the whole system. In the worst-case scenario, contaminated fuel could even cause a system failure.

What exactly is fuel polishing?a

Polishing of fuel refers to an advanced mechanical cleaning process which removes build ups of sludge, sediments, and water caused by microbial contamination. The fuel is extracted from the tank during the polishing process, and then any solids and contaminants are removed. The clean fuel is tested and then filtered back into the tank.

What are the benefits of fuel polishing?

Contaminated fuel causes heating systems to run inefficiently, meaning that bills will be higher. The system may even be liable to developing faults and cease to operate altogether. If the fuel is left too long without polishing, it may deteriorate to the point where it becomes unusable, and the whole batch will need replacing.

Carrying out a fuel polish is less expensive than paying to replace and dispose of the contaminated fuel. It will also prevent the build-up of water and sludge in your tank, thus prolonging its lifespan and safe operation. Avoiding the need to dispose of unclean fuel is also an environmentally responsible approach.

How often should fuel be polished?

This depends on what the fuel is used for, but generally once a year is recommended. This is especially relevant to fuel stored in generator tanks which is intended for back-up power supply purposes.

How long does fuel polishing take?

This depends on the tank size, the current condition of the fuel, and the amount of fuel that needs polishing. However, the whole process can be carried out with no disruption to the running of machinery and equipment.

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4 Top Tips To Maintain Your Oil Tank


By taking some time to maintain your oil tank properly, you will extend its life and save on expensive repair bills further down the line. It will also ensure that your heating works reliably and efficiently all year round, and help to avoid pollution from leaks and spills. Here are some tips to help keep your tank in the best condition.

1. Inspect the tank regularly yourself

It is very important to visually inspect your tank often for signs of rust, bulges, cracks, or discolouration. Check the bund for build-up of debris, and look underneath the tank to make sure there is no sign of leaks. Ensure that all the connections to the tank are secure and in good condition.

2. Check for water contamination

Water can enter an oil tank in several different ways, leading to serious problems. Water can get in via a build-up of condensation, through corroded seals or connections, through cracks and leaks, or through an incorrectly closed filler cap. Water contamination can cause a build-up of sludge, leading to degradation of the fuel .

If the tank is made from metal, water contamination may also cause it to rust, shortening its lifespan and making it prone to leaks. To help prevent problems, regularly check all access points to make sure they are closed properly. Check for any signs of bulging, and make sure the external bund is not filled with water.

3. Have the tank cleaned professionally

It is recommended to have the tanked emptied and cleaned out by qualified engineers every five years. Any fuel in the tank will be pumped into a holding container, and the inside of the tank cleaned out to remove build ups of sludge and contaminants.

4. Use winter additives

If your tank is located outside, it is advised to use specialist additives in winter to prevent the oil freezing over.

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Green Energy Plan For Proposed Housing Development


Following renewed pledges at the G7 meeting in Cornwall to cut carbon emissions, Britain and other leading industrialised nations will now have the task of making good those pledges.

Among the ways ambitious environmental goals can be achieved is through reduced emissions arising from home energy, something district heating projects can play a huge part in achieving. These can use everything from recycled waste through to air source heat pumps.

Among the proposed new developments that will use the latter form of energy is a planned development of 114 homes on the outskirts of Ipswich. The scheme at Bramford is currently undergoing a public enquiry, with one of the key appeals of the project being the benefits to the environment.

The low carbon energy plans for the development include using air source heat piped into the homes at ground level, which will be used for underfloor heating as well as powering water boilers. The homes will also have solar panels and rainwater harvesting systems, which prevent flash flooding and can also re-use such ‘grey water’ in toilets.

Suffolk County Council has stated it is giving priority to this kind of energy use in new housing developments as a means of tackling the climate emergency.

The use of renewable energy will tie in with other green aspects of the development, such as landscaping and the provision of trees and log piles to encourage biodiversity of plants and animals, plus parkland and a community orchard.

While the consultation continues over the planned Ipswich development, similar heating systems are to be installed in two new housing developments in London.

Wilmott Dixon has just won the £25.6 million contract for two developments from Kensington & Chelsea Council, each of which will include air source heat pumps to provide green energy for residents.

Put together, the two schemes will provide 57 new homes.

Tank Cleaning ‘Can Help Prevent Filter Blockages’


Regular tank cleaning is one of the ways that farmers can reduce the number of filter blockages agricultural vehicles suffer, according to a National Farmers Union Scotland (NFUS) expert.

In his latest blog for the NFUS site , transport advisor Jamie Smart advised that there are several steps users of red diesel can undertake to reduce blockages.

As Farmer’s Weekly reports , the problems many are facing believed to be due to changes in the composition of the fuel they are using, which has been changed to reduce emissions. This centres on the amount of fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) in red diesel. This is made from a mix of vegetable oils and animal fats.

In 2004 the British Standard for Road Diesel changed to allow up to five per cent FAME content, with this increasing to seven per cent for both diesel and red diesel in 2009. Under the terms of the government’s Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, the figure is due to rise to 12.4 per cent by 2032.

However, the National Farmers Union (NFU), NFUS and NFU Cymru have all been unhappy with the issue of blockages to filters on both storage tanks and machines and have taken up the issue with the British Standards Institution, which has been looking into the issue since the autumn of 2019.

Mr Smart’s top tips included using tank cleaning services to ensure the tank is regularly cleaned.

He warned: “Modern bunded tanks can be difficult to clean as they are designed more to prevent spillage and pollution,” adding that anyone buying a new storage tank should “think about how you are going to clean it out and remove any water that may collect in it”.

He also said fuel tanks should be located in places where they are sheltered from the worst of the weather, particularly “extremes of temperature”, while the outlet of the storage tank should have a “suitable” filter.

Oil Price In Slump Amid Rates Rise Expectations


The price of oil on the world market has plunged this week, falling back from the highest rates of the year.

Central to the drop was the expectation of a risein interest rates in the US, which pushed up the value of the dollar. As well as directly affecting the currency value, this may also have knock-on effects for the US economy, bearing down on the recovery and thus potentially holding back growing demand for oil.

Westpac senior economist Justin Smirk told Business Today this would counterbalance the upward pressure on demand for oil from increased vehicle movements as economies like the US open up again.

Indeed, the drop should be taken in context as the price of oil has been at its highest all year over recent days, which may incorporate an element of market correction as well as conflicting economic indicators , as western nations with highly-vaccinated populations ease out of the pandemic.

Using oil tank installations, UK users can of course iron out fluctuations in global prices by storing large amounts that will take months to use, ensuring they don’t always need to top up at a time when prices may be higher than usual.

An analysisby Forbes of commodities prices - including oil - has revealed how uncertain the picture is.

It noted that while the general expectation is an upbeat one of increased global growth and recovery, there are a number of potential tailwinds to contend with.

Among these are concerns about a resurgence of Covid-19 in parts of the world, including Asia, Africa and some parts of Europe. “Covid-19 still casts a shadow over the pace of global economic recovery,” Forbes noted.

Another is whether OPEC can manage to balance its efforts to ensure the growth in production is only gradual and does not flood the market.

The analysis concluded with a prediction that the next year will see a “moderate” drop in prices to around $66 (£48) a barrel of Brent Crude.

One-Fifth Of Motorists Unclear On Clean Air Zones


One in five UK motorists is unaware of what a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is, despite their introduction to cities across the country.

Birmingham will be the latest city to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on 1 June, following on from London and Bath, which have both created low-emissions zones, reports the Birmingham Mail.

But according to a new survey by used car marketplace Motorway, there is a general lack of understanding of what a CAZ is and what it means for motorists.

One-fifth of the 2,009 drivers quizzed for the survey revealed they had little to no idea what a CAZ is, and one in three motorists from Birmingham were unaware that a CAZ was being implemented in the city on 1 June.

Some 21 per cent of motorists are unsure of how a CAZ works, while just 16 per cent knew how to check to see if they would be charged to drive through a CAZ.

While each city’s CAZ has a different approach, the common goal of them is to reduce pollution in the UK’s worst-affected areas.

Londons low-emission zone – called ULEZ – requires vehicles to meet certain emissions standards or face paying a daily charge of £12.50 for cars, motorcycles and vans, or £100 for heavier vehicles such as lorries.

From 25 October, the ULEZ is expanding from central London out to the North Circular Road and South Circular Road.

The Birmingham CAZ will charge those people who do not drive a car that meets Euro 4 emissions standards for petrol and Euro 6 for diesel.

These are typically petrol cars made since 2006 and diesel cars since 2015. Those that do not meet these standards will be charged £8 per day.

Baths clean air zone only charges commercial vehicles, leaving private cars and motorbikes exempt. High-emission commercial vans are required to pay £9 to enter the city centre, with buses charged £100. Private hire vehicles and taxis will also pay £9.

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Are Rainwater Harvesting Systems Worth It?


We all try to live more sustainably and environmentally aware lives and try to use fewer resources and utilities. Many people can forget that even in the UK, where water seems plentiful and seems to be falling from the sky, that water is also a valuable commodity. When all we have to do is turn a tap and we have clean, fresh water, it can be easy to forget there is a shortage.

Many people have taken to rainwater harvesting systems to help conserve water, but some may not see if there are any benefits, especially with any upfront costs. But rainwater harvesting can help cut down on resources and waste and will make a difference to your water bills if you’re using harvested water to wash your car and water the garden instead of tap water.

The UK is blessed with many reservoirs that supply our daily needs, but we are not as rich in water as would be believed, despite our often dreary weather. According to research, we use around 150 litres a day, and that population growth by 2030 means demand will outstrip supply by as much as 40 per cent.

Not everyone will want to rush out and buy a rainwater harvesting system, but might instead consider installing a water butt in the garden to collect rainwater for garden tasks. We have a brief look at the costs versus the benefits of rainwater harvesting.

There are rainwater harvesting systems that will suit most pockets. A simple water butt for the garden will cost between £70 and £80, and when set up properly and used to water the garden can recoup the costs in about 18 months.

At the top end, a rainwater harvesting kit can cost up to £3,000 and may take around 15 years to recoup the costs. It may need professionally installing also, which will push the cost up.

However, rainwater harvesting can start to make a more impressive return in the commercial sector, where water usage can be higher. Larger roof surfaces mean that more water can be collected, and harvesting systems can use the water for things like flushing toilets, taking a lot of work from the mains supply.

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Panic Buying Pushes US Petrol Above $3 A Gallon


Average US petrol prices recently hit the $3 a gallon mark, the highest in seven years, as fears of a fuel shortage after a cyber attack that shut down a major pipeline entered its sixth day.

Fears of a shortage sparked panic buying of fuel in states across the southwest of the US, with many not taking precautions, filling up plastic bags and storage bins with fuel, which has led to at least one vehicle catching fire. Federal and state officials have pleaded with the public not to engage in panic buying.

The worst-hit was North Carolina, with 25 per cent of its filing stations running dry by the morning of Wednesday 12 May, and 15 per cent of stations in Georgia and Virginia reporting they were also without fuel. The problems were particularly acute in major urban hubs. Outages hit more than 70 per cent in Charlotte, North Carolina, and 60 per cent in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Colonial pipeline was shut on Friday after a cyber attack, which the FBI said was carried out by a group called DarkSide, who has since taken responsibility and have also apologised, issuing a statement on its website that read: “Our goal is to make money and not creating problems for society.”

The 5,500-mile network delivers petrol, diesel and jet fuel from refineries on the Gulf of Mexico to markets on the US east coast.

As of the morning of Wednesday 12 May, average US petrol prices were at $3.008 a gallon, according to US automobile association AAA.

Georgias governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday issued an executive order suspending the state s gasoline tax as officials in the region sought to calm drivers nerves.

There is no need to rush to top off your gas tanks or hoard gas — the pipeline is expected to resume operations by the end of the week,” said South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster on Twitter.

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How To Choose The Right Fuel Storage Tank


Using the correct tank to store fuel oil for domestic purposes is important to comply with safety, building, and environmental regulations. If you are in the process of deciding what type of tank to purchase, and where to locate it, here are some general points to bear in mind.

What type of tank is best for your needs?

Fuel tanks are available in a range of shapes and sizes, and are typically made from plastic or steel. The most important thing to look for is a recognised European, British, or industry standard, such as the OFTEC Standards . This will prove that the tank has been manufactured and tested to strict quality standards.

Tanks installed near to a river, well, or other water source will require some form of secondary containment to minimise the pollution risk from leaks. If you are considering buying a second-hand tank, have it inspected by a qualified technician first, as it may have hidden corrosion or cracks which aren’t obvious to you.

Where is the best place to locate a fuel tank?

There are strict rules for the placement of oil tanks, to minimise fire hazards. The full regulations can be found here . When placed outside, they should be at least 1.8m away from a non-fire rated building or other structure, and 1.8m away from openings in a fire rated building.

Fuel tanks can be located inside, but they must be self-contained within a 60-minute fire rated chamber. To install a tank underground, you will need to enquire about planning permission, as there are likely to be building and environmental regulations.

The tank needs to be installed on a secure base that is adequate for the weight of the tank and its contents. The base must be level and extend beyond all sides of the tank, and made from a non-combustible material, such a stone or concrete.

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