Steps when installing a commercial fuel tank

Steps when installing a commercial fuel tank

Many commercial businesses across a wide range of industries rely on fuel tanks to store fuel safely, and to power the equipment and machinery. The installation of a commercial fuel tank is a meticulous process that requires careful planning and execution to ensure safety, compliance, and efficient operation. Whether existing oil will need to be transferred to the new tank, or you’re installing a fuel tank for the first time, the process can be challenging. So what are the important steps when installing a commercial fuel tank? And how can you be sure to achieve the right outcome for your business?

What are the important steps when installing a commercial fuel tank?

There are a number of important steps to consider when installing a commercial fuel tank.These include:

  • Pre-installation assessment- A comprehensive evaluation of the location is necessary before any fuel tank installation, whether this is to replace an existing tank, or it’s a first installation. To choose the best location for the fuel tank, considerations such as the soil’s drainage capabilities, its closeness to buildings, and compliance with regulations must be taken into account.
  • Regulatory compliance- When installing any fuel tank, it is crucial to abide by British standards and laws. This involves securing the required licences and making sure the fuel tank of choice complies with all safety and environmental standards. For example, to avoid soil and water contamination, compliance with rules like the Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations is essential.
  • Selecting the fuel tank- There are a number of factors to consider when choosing the fuel tank itself, including the type of fuel that it will be storing, as well as the necessary tank size, and the space available. Tanks are available in a wide range of various materials, such as steel or plastic, each with its own set of advantages and considerations.
  • Site preparation- Before installation, the chosen location will need to be prepared adequately. This involves creating a stable and level foundation to support the weight of the tank and the fuel it will contain. A proper foundation will prevent settling, leaks, and potential environmental hazards.
  • Tank delivery- At this stage, the fuel tank will be delivered to the site. This stage may involve careful coordination to ensure that access for delivery vehicles is clear, and that any necessary equipment for lifting and placing the tank is on hand.
  • Tank installation- With the foundation ready, the tank will be positioned onto it using appropriate lifting equipment. At this stage, the professional team you have chosen will be sure to install this in line with manufacturer guidelines, ensuring proper alignment to prevent stress on the tank and its fittings.
  • Connecting pipelines- Once the tank is in place this will need to be connected to the fuel distribution system. This will involve the professional installation of pipelines, valves, and fittings that adhere to industry standards for safety and durability. 
  • Safety measures- In addition to the pipelines, safety measures will also need to be installed. These could include overfill prevention systems, leak detection devices, and fire suppression equipment, which is all essential for commercial properties. These measures help prevent accidents, leaks, and environmental damage.
  • Transferring old oil- If the existing fuel oil needs to be transferred to the new tank, a professional team will need to carry out a fuel uplift. This will involve carefully removing and filtering the fuel from the old tank, to remove any impurities or contaminants. This fuel will then be ready to be transferred to the new tank. 
  • Fuel fill-up- Once the tank is fully installed, it can then be filled with the appropriate fuel. This process requires vigilance to ensure that the correct type and quantity of fuel are added.
  • Testing and commissioning- It’s essential that your new fuel tank, and fuel system, is fully tested to ensure proper functioning. This includes checking for leaks, verifying pressure and flow rates, and ensuring that safety measures are working as intended.
  • Documentation- A comprehensive record of the installation process, including permits, compliance documents, inspection reports, and test results, should be maintained. This documentation is crucial for future reference and regulatory compliance.

Here at Network Environmental, we are fully trained and licensed to tackle all tank cleaning, fuel uplifts, and fuel polishing projects. With our wealth of experience and expertise, we are the team for you. Why not get in touch today?