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Fuel Tank Installation Guide


It is critical for maintaining a safe and compliant fuel tank to complete the initial setup following industry best practices. Before you begin, please refer to your local regulations regarding the storage of oils, to review your risk assessments.

Once you have received the tank onsite, ensure you have allocated a safe place for it to be located. The tank should be placed on firm, level ground, and in a location with minimal risk to Health and Safety or the Environment.

Here are some guidelines to follow when performing the initial setup of your tank:

  • The tank should be placed outside at a safe distance from any residential or office building for fire safety.
  • Locate the tank on a paved concrete or asphalt surface to assist with pollution prevention.
  • Place the tank on a level surface to ensure you can use the whole volume of diesel safely.
  • Ensure the availability of fire-fighting equipment (foam or powder) and spill response equipment (clay covers, absorbent granules, etc.).
  • Assess when and how the tank will be used, and who will be using it. Ensure the operators are accustomed to the equipment and are competent to use it safely. Refer to the owner’s manuals for detailed instructions on using each piece of equipment.
  • If the tank has been previously used (second hand) it must be thoroughly inspected prior to fill up.
  • When ready, fill the tank to the 95% capacity. This will aid in priming the feed lines and pumps. Note that this is only required for first time use, or after the tank has been fully drained.

The above guidelines are a good start for a compliant installation, but regulations for fuel tank installation vary between different areas. The guidelines provided by the authorities in the jurisdiction in which the fuel tank is being installed will always take precedence.

Your local Western Global team is happy to help you find a solution that is compliant with local regulations. Contact the office nearest to you for assistance.


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