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New Oil Storage Regulations in Wales

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The 15th March 2020 saw the third and final stage of new above-ground oil storage regulations in Wales to help reduce the number of pollution incidences from oil spills, leaks and bursts at commercial premises.

All oil tanks must be capable of storing liquid fuels safely. However, there are still many ineffective storage practices in place, which is why the Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has introduced new oil regulations to help prevent such instances.

For oil storage regulations in England, please visit our dedicated page.

New Wales Oil Storage Regulations

What do the new storage rules entail?

All fuel tanks with a capacity of 200 litres or more must be 110% bunded. This means they must have a secondary containment such as a wall or skin to contain any leaks and prevent them from entering the environment.

All valves, vent pipes, sight gauges and ancillary equipment must be contained within the bund to catch any leaks, and must also have a lock that remains shut when not in use. An automatic overfill prevention device must also be installed for added security.

Fuel tanks must be located over 50m away from any boreholes and 10m of surface water/wetland to prevent water pollution.

Above-ground pipework must be supported to prevent physical damage. Below-ground pipework must be protected from damage and corrosion and have their own leak detection facilities that adhere to EN13160-1 – 7.

Do the new storage rules affect me?

The new regulations apply to any above-ground fuel tanks that store fuel or oil for agricultural and business use, such as:

Heating oil
Red diesel
Diesel
Petrol
Vegetable oil
Lubricants
Waste oil
Plant oil

Is my fuel tank compliant?

If your tank was installed after 15th March 2016, it will most likely already comply with the new oil regulations from when the first phase of the regulations was put into place.

However, if it’s an old model and is a single-skin tank with a capacity of over 200 litres, you will need to upgrade your tank to ensure you’re compliant. Read more on this on the Government’s website.

To find out if your fuel tank is compliant with the new regulations, feel free to contact one of our fuel experts on 0330 123 1444.

What happens if I fail to comply with the new rules?

Failing to comply with the new oil regulations in Wales is a criminal offence and could result in a £5,000 fine or even worse, prosecution.

If you’re unsure whether your fuel tank is compliant, contact Crown Oil, as we can help you keep within the law.

We have a team of experts on hand to provide specialist advice and a range of safe and robust tanks to suit your exact requirements.

All of our tanks comply with the new regulations in Wales and meet ISO 9000 standards, so get in touch today on 0330 123 1444 to ensure your fuel system is within the law!

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