Above Ground Oil Storage Tanks (PPG2)

1. Introduction

These guidelines will help you look after your above ground oil storage tanks safely and to minimise the risk of causing pollution. They’re good practice advice for tank owners and users but may also be of use to others. We’ve tried to avoid too much technical information; if you need more detailed information, we have referenced where you can find this throughout the guidance.

The pollution prevention principles below apply to all above ground oil storage, but these guidelines are specifically written for domestic and small or medium sized commercial oil storage. We refer to legislation that you must follow in England Scotland and Wales.

The guidance covers:

  • installation of new or replacement tanks
  • compliance with legal requirements for existing tanks
  • current good practice.

For information and guidance on other types of storage please see References 1 to 5 (Section 14):

  • underground oil storage
  • drums
  • intermediate bulk containers
  • large industrial oil tanks
  • tank farms
  • forecourt oil storage
  • storage for dispensing into vehicles.

In the case of forecourt oil storage, only suitably-qualified competent contractors approved for working on hazardous sites should be used to install or perform maintenance on your oil tanks. Guidance for oil refineries and distribution depots is available from the Energy Institute, contact details in Section 15.

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