Underground Fuel Storage

Is Underground Fuel Storage Right For Your Business?

When you’re getting ready to install new fuel storage tanks, the first question you’ll ask yourself is whether you should have underground fuel storage tanks, or invest in above-ground fuel storage.

Let’s take a look at some pros and cons of underground fuel storage and see if it makes sense for you to use an underground option.

 

Local Regulations and Ordinances

Deciding to use underground fuel storage might be an option for you. But, before you can make a final decision, and maybe even before you start the decision process, consider local regulations and ordinances.

Find out if installing an underground fuel storage tank can be done at your location.

 

Do You Have Limited Space?

This is one of the first questions you’ll consider. Using underground fuel storage tanks will make the most efficient use of space, and allow you to repurpose that land for other uses. You’ll still need to make sure the tank is vented correctly, and that you’ve created access points, but overall, going underground will help you gain space for operations.

 

The Consequences of Leaking Tanks

Underground fuel storage tanks are indeed less likely to leak. However, because they are underground, it is more difficult to monitor them for leaks. When a leak is discovered in an underground tank, it has usually caused significant damage to the surrounding eco-system, and clean up efforts are likely to cost quite a lot.

 

The Cost Factor

Underground fuel storage tanks are more expensive and time-consuming than the above-ground option. Installing an underground tank requires excavation work. There is far more permitting and equipment involved in installing an underground tank.

Don’t forget to check the EPA rules that apply to your location and make sure you comply.

 

Security Risks and Bad Weather

The good news about underground fuel storage tanks is that they are not subject to vandalism, or the shortened life of exposed, above-ground tanks. Being buried in the ground has its advantages!

 

Explosions and Fire Risks

Although explosions and fire can happen in any fuel storage tank, they are less likely to occur when the tank is buried underground. Precautions and a backup solution is still required.

 

The Shelf Life of Underground Tanks

When you use underground tanks to store your fuel, you face higher initial costs, but in most cases, you get a tank that has a much longer life span, because it is not affected by weather or the possibility of vandalism. You can’t move an underground tank without significant effort, but the good news is… you’re unlikely to have to.

 

Fuel Storage for Everyone

Fuel storage is not a one size fits all solution. Everyone has different needs, different budgets, and different concerns. That’s why you’ll see options for fuel storage. I hope this has been useful in helping you to decide what type of solution is best for your business.

If you would like to speak with a specialist, contact us at Clean Fuels today!  We’ll help you figure out the best way to store fuel on your site.

Contact Us online or give us a call at 844-694-3230 today and get the professional team to help your company!