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24 May 2019

STORING FUEL SAFELY ON YOUR FARM

Certas Energy

A reliable supply of fuel is crucial to keeping a busy farm moving. But with various legal and environmental considerations to take into account, and new regulations coming into force for Wales in March 2020, knowing how to store fuel safely and securely can be confusing.

Bunded or bust

If a farm’s fuel storage tanks are non-compliant with the Government’s oil storage regulations or are not regularly maintained, a fuel supply can be at risk of costly spills and leaks or even fines. Most reputable delivery drivers will refuse to fill up a storage tank if it is deemed to be unsafe for refuelling, leading to longer wait times for fuel and reduced productivity.

Whether a tank is plastic, steel, circular or rectangular, it’s vital that it is bunded to comply with regulations. Bunded tanks provide greater protection against spills and are able to contain any drops of fuel from equipment and ports. Guidelines state that any waste fuel oil or oil and water mix that collects in the bund must be disposed of responsibly without causing pollution.

Combating fuel theft

Fuel theft can also be a concern when storing fuel. With 20% of UK farmers having fallen victim to fuel theft, many in the farming community are sadly all too familiar with the disruption that can be caused by their fuel tank being compromised.

For added peace of mind, tank telemetry systems can alert users to any sudden drop in fuel levels that could indicate theft or spillage. Locks, fobs and key codes also provide additional protection.

More than just a fuel supplier, Certas Energy is committed to providing full fuel management solutions to support safer, smarter fuel handling and storage on farms across the UK. All tanks supplied by Certas Energy meet UK regulations, giving farmers confidence that their fuel is stored safely, securely and in compliance with the latest guidelines.

For more information on how to store fuel safely and securely on your farm, visit the Certas Energy website and download the #FuelSafe guide here - https://www.certasenergy.co.uk/agriculture/fuelsafe

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