Fuel tanks are used by many companies and farms to store fuel, in order to quickly and efficiently refuel their machinery on site. They are particularly popular with businesses who have a fleet of vehicles as buying fuel in bulk and storing it in a fuel tank can be very cost-effective. There are plenty of fuel tank options to choose from including plastic, steel and self bunded tanks, all of which are available as above ground and free-standing structures.

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On site fuel storage can save time and money when you consider the costs involved with either fuel delivery, or off-site refuelling. By having a fuel tank on your property you can also gauge how much fuel you're using, so you'll be able to predict future expenses and handle your finances more efficiently.

The size of the fuel tank you choose will depend on your fleet size and fuel requirements. Fuel tanks can range from small 50L tanks to structures that can hold 68,000L and are equipped with filler hoses, overfill protection and a bunded casing. The smaller fuel tanks on the market are often portable, while larger tanks tend to be fixed structures. Either way, you will need to consider the logistics of housing a fuel tank.

The decision to purchase a plastic, steel or bunded tank is the main thing to consider when looking for a fuel tank. Plastic fuel tanks are usually made from a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and tend to be lighter than steel tanks. Steel fuel tanks, on the other hand, have a longer lifespan than plastic tanks and can withstand accidental knocks and scratches from machinery on site.

A bunded tank is a great option for protecting your fuel. A bunded tank is a fuel tank which is manufactured with a protective layer inside it. This means that there are 2 tanks held inside the large container, with the small tank holding the fuel and the outer layer there to protect against spillage. If you don't purchase a self-bunded tank, there is the option, and potentially the requirement, to build bunding around your fuel tank.

Another thing to consider when looking to purchase a fuel tank is the regulations involved. Each state has differing requirements to meet if you want to install above-ground fuel storage on your property. These regulations are in place by Safe Work Australia to ensure the safe handling of dangerous goods. Generally, you will need to have a spill management system in place for environmental safety. These regulations can mean the difference between purchasing a bunded tank or installing bunding around fuel tanks.

Overall, there is a lot to consider when looking to purchase a fuel tank. So, make sure you do your research and speak to industry experts to ensure you are buying a compliant and reliable fuel tank for your needs.