West Fuel Systems Limited are an OFTEC Registered Business Offering a Nationwide Oil Tank Decommissioning & Removal Service for both Domestic and Commercial Oil Tank Installations.
The protection of the environment is a high priority for West Fuel Systems Limited, and we know the importance of regular oil tank inspections as a way of identifying potential environmental issues before they Quickly turn into real environmental issues which can result in clean up bills and excessive costs!
Plastic Oil Storage Tank Inspection
Plastic oil storage tanks are available in many sizes and shapes. They can also be quite complex in their design, incorporating profiling and strengthening webs. When inspecting plastic tanks, particular attention should be paid to horizontal and vertical lines and intersecting profiles for signs of cracks, bulging, discolouration and for the occurrence of a white chalk like appearance. Oil tanks that are cracked or are bulging are at risk of catastrophic failure and should be replaced immediately
The following photographs illustrate plastic oil storage tanks in generally poor condition.
Decommissioning Oil Storage Tanks
The correct decommissioning and removal of oil/fuel storage tanks is an important factor as the incorrect decommissioning and removal methods of could lead to a serious accident/Incident or an environmental/pollution incident therefore adopting the appropriate precautionary measures is essential. With the health and safety at work act stipulating that a sufficient risk assessment must be completed to identify any potential hazards and to ascertain the right precautionary measures are in place you can rest assured you will be in good hands when you make West Fuel Systems Limited your choice of contractor.
Fuel/oil storage tanks require all remaining product uplifting and the fuel/oil tank requires cleaning and degassing before any decommissioning works can take place and with storage tanks been considered a confined space entering a tank to complete these activities should be avoided when possible. There are various options available where this process can be completed without the need to enter the tank for example long reach equipment and camera jets.
Where possible the best process is to remove the storage tank from site to a more secure location and with this in mind the tank will require purging and a gas free certificate issuing before the tank is removed from site, with all waste being disposed of at licensed waste disposal facilities on licensed waste carriers transport. Full disposal documentation is provided upon completion of the decommissioning works.
If you are considering having your tank cleaned or removed, the easiest way is to gather some simple information on your tank first:
The tank size in litres or the physical dimensions?
How much liquid is in the tank?
A description of how we can access the tank with a vehicle?
What is it made from (plastic or steel)?
If possible, take a photograph of the tank and the access to it?
Site location – postal code.