Fuel storage systems are commonly used for fleets, airports, farms, ranches and construction companies. By storing aircraft fuel or other types of fuel, you can refuel farm equipment, aircraft and fleet vehicles at your convenience. Fuel storage tanks are available in many designs and in a wide range of prices and are designed for either above ground or underground use. Your budget, safety requirements and operational needs will largely determine which fuel storage systems are right for you.
Fuel storage suppliers and manufacturers can assist you in deciding which fuel storage systems are best for your needs. In addition, some vendors will help you obtain the permits necessary to install your fuel storage tanks.
When purchasing fuel storage systems, consider the following:
- Fuel storage tanks may come with multiple compartments for multiple fuel storage.
- Storing aircraft fuel may require tanks with a special internal lining.
- Many fuel storage tanks come in single or double wall steel configurations.
- Look for fuel storage systems that incorporate systems to prevent overfill.
- Above ground fuel storage systems require supports, which may be flat bottom, skirts, beam legs, stationary saddles, anti-roll stabilizers or structural skid configurations.
Underground fuel storage systemsUnderground fuel storage tanks have been known to corrode and to leak fuel and gas into the soil, causing soil contamination and possible financial devastation for the owner of the tanks. In the interest of preserving the environment, all levels of government have issued strict guidelines regarding the installation, operation and removal of underground fuel storage tanks. Leak detection systems and monitoring systems are required for all underground fuel storage tanks.
Above ground fuel storage tanksAbove ground fuel storage systems are far less expensive than underground tanks, are much easier to install and don't carry the risk of soil contamination. Available in horizontal and vertical models, above ground tanks are an increasingly popular choice for storing aircraft fuel and other types of fuel.
Custom fuel storage tanksFor very large fuel storage needs, look for suppliers that offer custom sizes for fuel storage tanks.
Implement fuel storage maintenance systemsTo prevent leaks and other costly problems, fuel storage maintenance systems are key. Some manufacturers and suppliers offer ongoing maintenance services with their products.
- Fuel storage tanks may be shipped already assembled or may require some assembly.
- Impress upon employees and workers that no smoking is allowed in the vicinity of any fuel storage systems.
- Twenty-year warranties on fuel storage systems are common, but you can often get optional 30-year warranties.
- Installation of above ground or underground fuel storage systems must comply with local, state and federal codes and regulations.