OFTEC Registered Business

Heating Oil Tank Installations

OFTEC registered business offering a nationwide service for heating oil tank installations, replacements, decommissioning and servicing. 

Domestic and Commercial Oil Tank Requirments

Fire Risk

 If any of the following criteria apply to the external installation of the heating oil tank or there is any potential fire risks within the close vicinity of the oil tank, then you will need to install appropriate fire protection to comply with current domestic oil storage regulations.  These apply to all heating oil storage tanks below 3,500 litres in capacity.  If you require storage above this capacity, then you will need to address additional requirements under commercial regulations. Fire protection of no less than thirty minutes extending 300 mm longer than each side of the oil storage tank and 300 mm higher than the highest part of the oil storage tank is required if:


  • The oil tank will be located within 1.8 m of a non-fire-rated building or structure.  This includes timber garden sheds and any wall that does not have a minimum thirty minutes fire resistance.
  • The oil tank will be located within 760 mm of a non-fire-rated boundary. If the tank is to be located against a stone boundary wall, that wall must extend at least 300 mm beyond the height and ends of the tank and have thirty minutes of fire resistance
  • The oil tank will be located within 1.8 m of non-fire-rated eaves of a building
  • The oil tank will be located within 1.8 m of a construction opening in a building, such as a window or door
  • The oil tank will be located within 1.8 m of any flue termination
  • The oil tank will be installed on a base which does not extend a minimum of 300 mm around all sides of the tank.  If the existing base does not extend 300 mm on all sides of the tank it will need to be extended so that it is 300 mm larger than the tank on all sides.  The only exception to this base-size rule is where the side and/or end of the base abuts a fire rated structure, such as a building, barrier or boundary, that already extends at least 300 mm beyond the extents of the tank in all directions, and in such circumstances the base need only be extended 100 mm from the tank to the fire rated structure.  Regardless of proximity to fire-rated structures, any exposed sides or ends of the base must still be extended by 300 mm.


The above criteria apply to external tanks only. Tanks to be located inside a building must be bunded and contained within a fireproof chamber.  For more information on installing tanks internally please either contact us or visit www.oftec.org


Prior to installing any oil storage tank, an OFTEC TI/133D form (based upon the above information) should be completed by a competent, qualified technici

Environmental Risk

 Oil storage tanks are manufactured either as single-skin or bunded unit, which is a tank within a tank and provides the most environmental protection as the outer skin will contain the oil in the event of a spillage. If any of the following criteria apply, then you will must install a bunded tank to comply with current regulations:


  • Tank capacity will be in excess of 2500 litres
  • The tank will be located within ten metres of controlled water.  Controlled water includes rivers, streams, lakes, canals, coastal waters, estuaries, and groundwater. This means all water, which is below the surface of the ground in the saturation zone and in direct contact with the ground or subsoil, and any ditches, soakaways, septic tanks and gullies, which could pollute groundwater or reach controlled water through groundwater
  • The tank will be installed over hard ground that could enable spillage run-off to reach controlled water at a greater distance.   This includes hard-surfaces such as tarmac or concrete which slope towards a drain or other source of controlled water
  • The tank will be located where any spillage could run into an open drain or manhole cover
  • The tank will be located within fifty metres of a borehole or spring (including wells).  Your local authority or regional environmental authority will have information on the location of all water extraction locations, ground water sources or aquifers near to your property
  • The oil tank installation will be located in a position where the tank vent pipe outlet is not visible from the fill pipe access.  Essentially, if the tanker driver is able to see the vent, he will be alerted to any potential danger of overfilling.  If he cannot see the tank vent when filling the tank, or the tank will be fitted with a remote fill pipe, then the tank will need to be bunded to contain any spillage.
  • The tank will be supplying heating oil to a building other than a single family dwelling, for example to also heat an on site office.
  • There are any other potential hazards individual to the site which may constitute a pollution risk.

Fire Rated Oil Tanks

  • Fire rated oil tanks enable you to save valuable space outside and hide your tank away behind or even inside outbuildings and trestles 
  • Offers a perfect solution to replace old tanks which are sited within 1.8 m of buildings and structures and are in compliant with current regulations
  • Great alternative form of compliance to constructed fire barriers without the need for additional building work
  • Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Assurance certified proving compliant with Building Regulations in Britain
  • All of our fire protected tanks are bunded offering integral protection from leakage and overfilling
  • Manufactured using a highly durable and tensile mild steel giving a serviceable lifespan in excess of 30 years (with regular maintenance)
  • We work with installers across the UK and in most cases can recommend someone in your area.
  • Independently tested to BS476: Part 22: 1987
  • Independently tested to BS476 (Warrington Fire Research Centre) 
  • Meets Section J 5.4 of Building Regulations, Table 5.1 for Fire Protection for Oil Storage Tanks
  •  LABC Sytem Approval (Local Authority Building Control) 


Domestic:

  • 30 minute fire protection – install a domestic tank adjacent to buildings and boundaries
  • 60 minute fire protection – install a domestic tank inside an uninhabited building such as a garage (pending installer/inspector approval)

Non-domestic:

  • 60 minute fire protection – install a non-domestic tank adjacent to buildings and boundar

Oil Tank Equipment

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Deso Slim 1,000 oil tank

 

  • 1,000 litre capacity 
  • Fully bunded tank with a secondary containment able to hold at least 110% of the capacity of the inner tank
  • 2″ BSP fill connection with cap and chain
  • Vent
  • Float level gauge 
  • Lockable lid
  • 1″ bottom outlet 
  • Tank pack (1″ – 1/2″ adaptor, ball valve and filter)

Domestic Heating Oil Tanks

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Domestic Heating Oil Tank

 

  • 1,350 litres - 2,500 litres capacity 
  • Fully bunded tank with a secondary containment able to hold at least 110% of the capacity of the inner tank
  • 2″ BSP fill connection with cap and chain
  • Vent
  • Float level gauge and electronic level gauge
  • Lockable hinged flip lid
  • 1″ bottom outlet (or 10mm top outlet available on request)
  • Overfill prevention valve * this reduces the working capacity
  • Tank pack (1″ – 1/2″ adaptor, ball valve and filter)

Deso Cylindrical Heating Oil Tank

Deso Compact Slim Heating Oil Tank

Deso Cylindrical Heating Oil Tank

Deso Oil Tank

 

  • 1,400 litres to 5,400 litres capacity 
  • 2″ BSP fill connection with cap and chain
  • Vent
  • Float level gauge
  • Lockable hinged flip lid
  • 1″ bottom outlet (10mm top outlet available upon request)
  • Tank pack (1″ – 1/2″ adaptor, ball valve and filter)

Commercial Heating Oil Tanks

Commercial Heating Oil Tanks

Deso Cylindrical Heating Oil Tank

Commercial 15,000 Litre Oil  Tank

  • 3,500 litres to 15,000 litres capacity 
  • 2″ BSP fill connection with cap and chain
  • Vent
  • Electronic level gauge
  • 1″ bottom outlet
  • Overfill prevention valve

Steel Fire Rated Oil Tanks

Commercial Heating Oil Tanks

Steel Fire Rated Oil Tanks

Steel Fire Rated Oil Tank

 

  • 1,000 litres to 20,000 litres capacity
  • Integrally fitted fire protection 30 or 60 minute 
  • Fully bunded tank with a secondary containment able to hold at least 110% of the capacity of the inner tank
  • 2″ BSP fill point complete with cap and chain – located on the top of the tank
  • Vent
  • 4ft float level gauge and electronic remote reading gauge – located on the top of the tank
  • 1″ BSP female bottom outlet (10mm top outlet available on request)
  • Overfill prevention valve
  • Channel runners
  • Central lifting eye
  • Tank pack (1″ – 1/2″ adaptor, ball valve and filter)


Steel Oil Tanks

Commercial Heating Oil Tanks

Steel Fire Rated Oil Tanks

Steel Bunded Oil Tank

 

  • 1,000 litres to 20,000 litres capacity
  • Fully bunded tank with a secondary containment able to hold at least 110% of the capacity of the inner tank
  • 2″ BSP fill point complete with cap and chain 
  • Vent
  • 4ft float level gauge and electronic remote reading gauge 
  • 1″ BSP female bottom outlet 
  • Overfill prevention valve
  • Channel runners
  • Central lifting eye
  • Tank pack (1″ – 1/2″ adaptor, ball valve and filter)

Underground Oil Tanks

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

Watchmen Sonic Level Gauge

Underground Oil Tank

  • Inner tank moulded in one piece from durable medium density polyethylene material
  • GRP outer skin
  • Lockable hinged access lid with brick effect surround
  • Moulded-in lifting eyes for ease of handling
  • Atkinson Tanktop top offtake fitting
    (c/w integral anti-siphon valve, non-return valve, 50Mic filter & priming button)
  • 2” BSP(M) fill point
  • Overfill prevention valve
  • 3” screened vent
  • Leak detection monitor
    Dip tube between the two walls
    Ultrasonic contents gauge
    Supplied with Tigerloop® De-Aerato

Watchmen Sonic Level Gauge

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

Watchmen Sonic Level Gauge

Watchmen Sonic Level Gauge

  • Easy wireless gauge installation with sensor transmitting to an indoor transmitter. 
  • Up to 200M line of sight range.
  • Suitable with Diesel, Bio Diesel up to B100, Kerosene & Adblue.
  • Suitable for steel and plastic tanks.
  • Requires 13amp sockets for the indoor receiver. 

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

Remote Sensing Fire Valves

 

  • The Valve Is Installed In The Oil Supply Pipeline Outside The Building
  • Sensor Mounted Firmly Inside The Appliance Above The Burner
  • The Use Of Remote Sensing Fire Valves Is Covered By BS 5410: Part 1: 1997 Which Is Referenced As A Requirement In The Building Regulations and Standards for England and Wales (Part J), Scotland (Part F) and the Republic of Ireland (Part J)

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