Are you storing your red diesel stock correctly?
There are many regulations for storing red diesel. However, a large influential factor on the regulations is dependent on the environment in which your storage facility is based. How old the facility is, and the purpose for which you are using the fuel. Also, incorrect fuel storage can have terrible environmental effects causing large penalties. This means that even the most careful of red diesel users/stokers can get a little worried when it comes to making sure that they are storing their stock in the right manner. If you are looking for specific advice on how to store your red diesel, it’s a good idea to contact your local environmental regulator, or give the Atlantis PORTAFUEL team a call on 0330 999 1100 – they will give you a brief overview on how best to store your stock.
Who Has to Follow the Rules?
The rules for storing red diesel in England and Wales apply to everybody, unless your storage tank was installed before 1991, or has a maximum capacity of 1,500 litres. The rules and regulations are similar in Northern Ireland, however owners with a storage tank installed before 2003 or with a maximum capacity of 1,250 litres are exempt. If your storage tank does not fall within the category which relates to the area where you are based, you are bound by a set of rules for storing red diesel.
The law on storing red diesel, tractor oil or gas oil as it’s commonly called in the construction and agricultural industry, can vary a lot between countries. Occasionally, there may be exemptions made in certain areas or changes made to the laws for varying environmental reasons. Adjustments may be made to your storage facilities in certain cases, such as if an environmental regulator considers the site to be a threat to the environment. There are no exemptions to the storage laws in Scotland.
Where to Store Red Diesel
Red diesel fuel can be stored in either static diesel tanks or mobile bowsers. The storage option which you choose will largely depend on how you use your red diesel fuel. In any case, it is important to abide by the regulations for red diesel fuel set out by your local authority. Those found to have ignored these rules could be fined any may have to appear in court.
Storing Gas Oil in Static Tanks
If you store oil in a fixed tank you must comply with the relevant requirements of the Oil Storage Regulations. In Northern Ireland and Wales the regulations do not apply, however, you should still try to meet the requirements of the regulations, as the regulations aim to prevent water pollution. As a result, if you pollute the water course you are committing an offence and may be prosecuted and penalties may occur.
Storing Gas Oil in Mobile/Portable Tanks
If you consider using a mobile bowser to store oil in England or Scotland, you need to comply with the relevant requirements of the Oil Storage Regulations. The overall requirements of the Oil Storage Regulations also apply to mobile bowser use. In Northern Ireland and Wales the regulations do not apply, however, you should still try to meet the requirements of the regulations, as the regulations aim to prevent water pollution. As a result, if you pollute the water course you are committing an offence and may be prosecuted and fined. One of the key points when using a mobile bowser is that you must secure your bowser’s pipework and fittings inside the cabinet provided when the bowser is not in operation or not in use.