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Posted Friday, November 18th, 2022

Looking at your own fuel storage tank for refueling onsite? This is a good place to start as there are a few questions you’ll need to consider before taking that next step. The main points we’ll cover in this article are around fuel tank compliance requirements, the size of the tank you will require, and how your tank is going to be used.

1. What are the compliance requirements for an onsite diesel tank?

Before purchasing a diesel tank for your site, it is important that you have a clear understanding of the requirements to ensure your tank is compliant. It is also important to consider the different requirements for tanks constructed from different materials. For example, a polyethylene diesel tank has different location separation distance requirements to a steel tank. Click here to find out more about where you can place a diesel tank on your site.

The below diagram is a guide to where you can place a polyethylene diesel tank on your site.

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2. How much fuel will my tank hold?

Another consideration that is important when purchasing a fuel tank is the size tank you require. This will be based on how much fuel you use on a weekly or monthly basis, what machinery you are refuelling, and how often you’ll need the tank to be filled up. Something to consider is that each refill of your tank will create a certain amount of spill risk which can be harmful to the environment therefore, you don’t want to get a tank that is till small and requires refilling often. You’ll also want to factor in delivery costs, truck traffic, and even operator error. Typically, larger tanks are more affordable for storing fuel, however it is important to avoid storing diesel for an extended length of time as this can result in issues with your fuel such as diesel bug.

3. How will I use the tank?

When searching for the best fuel tank for your operation, you’ll need to consider how the tank will be used. Will it need to be transported around site? Transportable fuel tanks have to be tested and designed to withstand the movement of fuel during transport.
Do you need fuel long term, or is it only temporary? If the tank is going to be placed in a permanent location, it is important to consider accessibility for machinery and vehicles, as well as ensuring it is in a compliant location according to regulations.



Choosing the fuel storage tank to suit your requirements is an important decision and there are a variety of factors to take into account. This doesn’t have to be a difficult task, however. Get in touch with our team and we can guide you in the right direction to finding a fuel storage tank that suits your application.