Bunded fuel tanks have technically one use: to store fuel. However, one question that needs answering is why do you need a secure store of fuel in the first place? This blog is going to detail what industries use bunded fuel tanks for and why.
HGV Truck companies transport goods-filled storage containers across the globe. Therefore it goes without saying that these trucks consume a LOT of fuel, so HGV companies buy their fuel in bulk since it’s cheaper and means that the driver of the truck doesn’t have to make as many stops to fill up, time is money after all. This is where bunded fuel tanks come in. Since bunded fuel tanks have a second layer of protection (often referred to as the ‘bund’) this means that there is minimal fuel lost in transition. Additionally, as bunded fuel tanks come in such large sizes, they’re able to store a vast amount of fuel in them whilst being secure in transit.
Another use of bunded fuel tanks is in the agriculture sector. Since most farms are very rural, farmers need a large backup of fuel to ensure their machinery can stay operational. Additionally, most bunded fuel tanks are also easily transported, making it even easier for farmers to refuel their machinery without hassle. Another big worry for farmers is that their chemicals and fuel are secure; this is because if there happened to be a leak from one of the containers it could spell disaster for the farmer’s business as the chemicals could lead to the farmers produce being contaminated and rendered worthless until a cleanup procedure is undertaken - which as you can imagine will be very costly for the farmer. Therefore it is essential that the fuel tanks are secure and will not leak, which the bunded nature of the fuel tanks can provide.
Since planes need to be refuelled when stationed in airports, there has to be a very large store of fuel. While this sounds very straightforward, it isn’t. Due to airport safety, these fuel tanks have to be locked down very tightly. Besides, airports can’t afford to have leakages because it is a major hazard to have fuel leakages near the other various chemicals that have to be transported via plane. Therefore it is a legal requirement that fuel tanks in airports are bunded and secure.
Similar to planes, ships also require a large amount of fuel to be stored on both the docks and onboard. Therefore this raises a possible environmental issue because if there is even a small fuel leak it could potentially lead to the deaths of hundreds or even thousands of fish and other sea creatures. Consequently, this means that it’s essential that bunded fuel tanks are used in this type of work so that the environment is protected.
As you’d expect, the construction industry is one that’s well acquainted with dealing with heavy-duty machinery and chemicals. Therefore as a result of this, fuel needs to be obtainable but secure from possible leakage and contamination, and as always, bunded fuel tanks are the solution, boasting a high capacity fuel tank but it is also secure to avoid any possible leakage, leading to contamination.
Another key feature of the fuel tank is the fact that they’re portable, making it easy to transport them, empty or full, to another site and again, without leaking.
For all industries that have to store fuel on their worksites, fuel theft is an issue. Therefore, it’s important for you and your business that fuel tanks are well protected, and so it’ll come as a relief to hear that bunded fuel tanks are dual-layered, with the fuel in the internal layer. Meaning that it’s a lot harder for thieves to break into the tanks and siphon the oil out.
An often looked-over use of bunded fuel tanks is their utility in backup power systems. This is because for a backup generator to work and for that they need fuel, therefore bunded fuel tanks are a perfect solution because their compact and versatile nature makes it perfect for storing fuel for backup generators. A few great examples of industries that might consider using backup generators include hospitals, army bases and government buildings.