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New Oil Storage Regulations Take Effect at Business Premises

Posted on 29th April, 2013

Specialist oil tank installer IandR Services, is warning commercial and industrial premises storing diesel fuel, heating oil or waste oils, to ensure they comply with new, transitional fuel oil storage regulations, which have recently come into effect in Northern Ireland.

 

David Cather of I and R Services, says, “The new requirements form part of The Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010. They establish minimum standards for the storage of oil at commercial, industrial and institutional premises which have a storage tank capacity greater than 200 litres. The regulations effectively bring Northern Ireland into line with requirements in the UK.  Fully retrospective, they apply to all new and existing oil and diesel storage tank installations – irrespective of the date of original installation. So even if your tank was fitted many years ago, you will still need to comply.”

 

A key requirement within the regulations is that from 20th March 2013 ‘secondary containment must be provided at oil or diesel tanks positioned within:

·         10 metres of a drain, manhole or ditch;

·         10 metres of any watercourse including stream, river, lake or sea;

·         Or, within 50 metres of a well, borehole or spring.

 
It's the end of the road for single skin tanks like this!

“Many people are assuming that the transitional requirements won’t apply to them,” says David, “But the reality is that the 10 metre rule takes in the majority of tanks we see and a lot of businesses with single skin tanks are already in breach of the Control of Pollution Regulations.  Their tanks need to have secondary containment provided, which must comprise an oil resistant area around the tank, equal to or greater than 110% of its capacity. Due to the onerous construction requirements for masonry bunds, in most instances it will be cheaper simply to have a prefabricated, bunded tank installed by an OFTEC or similarly accredited tank installer such as IandR Services. A bunded tank consists of a ‘tank within a tank’. The inner tank acts as the primary storage vessel, whilst the outer tank acts as a secondary containment area in the event of a spill. 

 

“IandR are also specialists in Oil Spill clean-ups and remediation so we see the consequences and the cost of inadequate bunding and bad installations all too often.  As a responsible installer, we welcome any initiative which promises to effectively reduce the impact of oil upon the environment.

 

“Companies should also remember that as well as diesel fuels and heating oil the regulations apply to the storage of lubricants and other oils, not to mention the storage of waste oils.  Lubricants and oils can slip through the net because they are supplied in individual containers of less than 200 litres, but the regulations apply to the total capacity stored on site, so if the total capacity of all your jars and drums is above 200 litres secondary containment is required, this is most readily achieved by storing jars and drums on a sump pallet.  At IandR services we are pleased to be able to distribute sump pallets and spill trays supplied from leading spillcare manufacturer, Darcy.   Waste Oils are best stored in a purpose designed waste oil tank rather than adapting another container to a purpose it wasn’t designed or intended for. “

 

David finishes by saying that, “Despite growing awareness of the regulations, many oil tank installations across the Northern Ireland remain non-compliant.  Non-compliance can result in an Enforcement Notice being issued by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the threat of significant fines. Our advice is for all businesses to review their oil tanks and address any issues as a priority. IandR Services is also happy to provide free advice where required.”


 

 

 

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