Installation and Maintenance of Bulk Fuel Storage Tanks

Are you a business owner in Perth? If so, you know that having a reliable fuel supply is essential to keep your operations running smoothly. However, simply having these tanks installed isn’t enough. Proper installation and maintenance are crucial to ensuring the safety and longevity of your fuel storage system.

At WA Refuelling, we believe that maintaining your fuel storage tank is just as important as installing it. That’s why we offer comprehensive maintenance plans to keep your tank in top condition, ensuring that your fuel supply is always safe, secure, and reliable.

So, whether you’re looking to upgrade your existing system or are in the process of setting up a new one, read on to learn how you can make the most of your investment.


Installation Procedures for Different Types of Fuel Tanks


When it comes to installing fuel tanks, there are several important steps that must be taken to ensure safe and effective operation. From choosing a suitable location for the tank to performing safety checks before use, each step is essential to the overall success of the installation.


1. Choosing a Sustainable Location for the Tank

When installing a fuel tank, it’s important to choose a location that is level, stable, and away from any potential sources of ignition or hazard. This will help ensure the safety of the tank and prevent accidents or spills.

  • Assess the Terrain – If you’re installing a fuel tank in rugged terrain, make sure it’s properly secured so it doesn’t tip over during transport or when parked at camp sites.
  • Consider Size & Weight –  Tanks can weigh up to 2 tons (1 metric ton), so they need strong foundations when installed outdoors. They also require more space than standard tanks–for example, if you’re planning on using one as part of an RV conversion project then consider adding extra room behind or underneath where this new component will be located so there’s enough clearance around all sides of it (including underneath).


2. Ensuring Necessary Permits and Approvals

Before beginning the installation of a fuel tank, it’s essential to ensure that you have all necessary permits and approvals from your local authorities. This will help ensure that the installation is legal and safe.


3. Excavating the Area and Preparing a Stable Foundation

To support the weight of a full fuel tank, it’s important to excavate the area and prepare a stable foundation. This will help prevent the tank from shifting or tripping over, ensuring its safety and stability.


4. Carefully Placing and Securing the Tank

Once the tank is in place, it’s important to carefully secure it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. This will help prevent any accidents or spills, ensuring the safety of the tank and those around you.


5. Installing Safety Features

To further enhance the safety of the fuel tank, it’s important to install any necessary safety features. This may include spill containment systems or fire suppression equipment, depending on the specific installation.


6. Performing Safety Checks Before Use

Before putting the fuel tank into service, it’s important to perform a leak test and other safety checks. This will help ensure that the tank is operating safely and efficiently and prevent any potential accidents or spills.


It is important to note that these procedures are general guidelines and that the specific installation procedures for your tank will depend on the type of tank, the fuel being stored, and the regulations in your area. Always consult with a qualified professional and follow all applicable regulations and guidelines.


Maintenance and Cleaning Requirements for Fuel Tanks


Maintaining and cleaning your fuel tank is essential to ensure that it functions properly and lasts longer. Here are some maintenance and cleaning requirements for your fuel tanks:


1. Regular Inspections

Regular inspections of your fuel tank are important to detect any damage, leaks, or other issues that may arise. You should inspect your tank at least once every six months, or more frequently if you use it frequently. Inspections should include checking for dents, cracks, or other signs of damage and the fittings and hoses for leaks.


2. Clean the Tank

Cleaning your fuel tank is important to remove any dirt, debris, or sediment that may have accumulated inside. You should clean your tank at least once every year, or more frequently if you use it frequently. To clean your tank, you can either use a commercial tank cleaner or a mixture of water and detergent. Make sure to rinse the tank thoroughly after cleaning it.


3. Test the Fuel Quality

Testing the quality of the fuel in your fuel tank is important to ensure that it is still safe to use. You should test your fuel at least once every year, or more frequently if you use it frequently. To test the fuel quality, you can use a fuel testing kit, which can be purchased at your local auto parts store.


4. Maintenance of Tank Equipment

Maintaining the equipment in your fuel tank is important to ensure that it functions properly. This includes checking the fuel pump, fuel filter, and other equipment regularly to make sure they are working properly. If you notice any issues, have them repaired or replaced immediately.


5. Secure the Tank

Securing your fuel tank is important to prevent it from tipping over or being damaged during transport. If you are using your tank in a vehicle or trailer, make sure it is securely fastened down. If you are using it in a stationary location, make sure it is anchored to the ground.


6. Follow Regulatory Requirements

Make sure to follow all regulatory requirements for your fuel tank. This includes obtaining any necessary permits or licences, as well as following regulatory requirements for storage, transportation, and disposal of fuel. Make sure to check with your local regulatory agency for specific requirements in your area.


It is essential to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and seek professional advice if in doubt about any maintenance or cleaning requirements. Following these guidelines can help prevent damage to the tank, reduce the risk of fuel contamination, and ensure safe and efficient fuel storage.


Safety Precautions When Installing and Maintaining Fuel Tanks


Bulk fuel storage tanks can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken during installation and maintenance. Here are some essential safety precautions to consider:


1. Follow Regulations

Make sure you’re aware of all the relevant regulations related to fuel tank installation and maintenance. This includes local, state, and federal laws, as well as industry standards and guidelines.


2. Train Personnel

Properly training personnel who will be working with the fuel tanks is essential. This includes training them in handling fuel and working safely around tanks and responding to emergencies. Consider implementing a regular training program to ensure that all personnel are up-to-date on the latest safety protocols.


3. Safe Handling of Fuel

Practising safe fuel handling procedures is critical to prevent accidents and protect people and property. This includes properly storing and disposing of fuel, using appropriate equipment, and avoiding spills and leaks. Make sure you have a clear set of procedures in place for handling fuel and that all personnel are trained in these procedures.


4. Ventilation

Ensuring that the area around the fuel tank is well-ventilated is important to prevent the buildup of dangerous fumes. This is especially important during installation and maintenance work, when fuel tanks may be opened, and fumes may be released. Make sure you have proper ventilation equipment in place and that all personnel are trained in using it.


5. Hazard Identification

Regularly inspecting fuel tanks and the surrounding area for potential hazards is crucial to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of personnel and property. This includes looking for leaks, corrosion, or damage to the tank or piping. Consider implementing a regular inspection program and training personnel to identify potential hazards.


6. Fire Safety

Take steps to prevent fires, such as keeping sources of heat or ignition away from the fuel tank and maintaining proper clearance around the tank. In addition, make sure that fire extinguishers are readily available and that personnel know how to use them.


7. Emergency Response

Have a plan in place for responding to emergencies, such as fuel spills or fires. This should include training personnel in how to respond, having appropriate equipment on hand, and knowing whom to contact in the event of an emergency.


By following these safety precautions, you can help prevent accidents, injuries, and damage to the tank, the fuel, and the surrounding environment. It is essential to always prioritise safety when working with bulk fuel storage tanks.


If You’re Looking for a Reliable and Professional Partner for Your Bulk Fuel Storage Needs, Look No Further Than WA Refuelling!


Are you tired of dealing with unreliable fuel storage solutions? Do you want to ensure that your business runs smoothly without any fuel-related complications? WA Refuelling has got your back!

Our team of experienced professionals specialises in the installation and maintenance of bulk fuel storage tanks, ensuring that your business is always fully fueled and ready to go. We understand that every business is unique, which is why we offer customised solutions tailored to your specific needs.

At WA Refuelling, we are committed to ensuring that our clients are completely satisfied with our services. Don’t settle for less – choose us for safety, convenience, cost-effectiveness, and exceptional customer service.

Contact us via our website or call us on (08) 9359 1988 to learn more about our services and how we can help your business run smoothly and efficiently.