Quayside Storage Facility

Lowestoft Windfarm Project

Quayside Storage Facility
Heavy Tank Lift

Oil Tank Supplies Ltd (OTS) was chosen to manufacture and install 2No 150,000L above ground steel bunded "SecuriTanks™" for a new CTV Refuelling System and storage of 300,000L marine gas oil. The facility has been developed for refuelling of the crew transfer vessels (CTV) operating on the offshore windfarm.

OTS was actively involved in the early design stages of the facility to ensure environmental compliance given the harbour location. Special consideration was paid to the external paint finish to provide minimum 10 year corrosion protection. The scheme had to be modular in design to allow ease of installation and subsequent removal on completion of the service contract. A further steel fill cabinet to provide a common fill point for both tanks along with environmental protection equipment. Connection points were provided off the tank for 3No CTV refuelling cabinets (installed by others).

OTS engineering team were also called upon to help a Netherlands based specialist contractor brought in to design and install a temporary tank base required to protect the quayside, this meant exacting tolerances needed in the tank construction given both tanks were linked with balance pipe manifold and common fill points.

The images below show the complexity of the tank lift and the size of mobile crane required (400t) to place the tanks to their final position on the quayside.

OTS specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of large bulk fuel storage tanks for fuel farms, distribution depots and 24/7 "pop up" filling stations. All tanks are designed in accordance with the COP Regulations and have a design life expectancy of 25 years.

See link http://www.oiltanksupplies.co.uk/secure-fuel-tanks/

How to prepare your fuel storage tanks for winter

How to prepare your fuel storage tanks for winter

It is imperative to prepare your fuel storage tanks before winter and sub-zero temperatures set in. Today’s fuels contain up to 7% FAME (biofuel) which is hygroscopic with water held in suspension, storage tanks can be affected by falling temperatures and as the temperature plummets, fuel ‘waxes’. The colder it becomes, the more difficult your fuel will be to pump or use, as it becomes thicker, known as cold filter plugging point (CFPP).

While generators are generally kept in a preheated room, fuel kept in an external storage tank may become so thick that it cannot be accessed and used. If in any doubt as to how to prepare your oil tanks for the winter, book a winter fuel assessment from a professional company.

Preparing fuel tanks for winter

All bulk tanks should be checked for sludge and water in the bottom, and anything other than clean fuel should be removed immediately.

Take a sample from the bottom middle and top of each fuel tank,  ideally analysed in the “field” for water, particulate and bacterial contamination, or alternatively can be sent to a lab for fuel analysis, providing you with a fuel condition report. Fuel with suspended water in it will attract particular attention, if suspended or “free” standing water is found, it is essential this is removed through filtration/polishing of the fuel through a mobile recirculation process or installation of a fixed filtration system. This process will remove the water and heavy particulates from the tank, further fuel samples should be taken and analysed again to prove the fuel is clean and dry. Removal of water is paramount to tank cleanliness if left untreated microbial contamination will build upon the water/fuel interface, will exponentially double its size every twenty minutes, through secretion, acids may form and accelerate heavy corrosion of the tank internals.

Diesel waxing

Oil or diesel fuel is prone to gelling or waxing in low temperatures. Gelling or waxing are terms for the solidification of diesel into a crystalline or partially crystalline state. Once fuel reaches a temperature below the cloud point - the point at which the diesel becomes cloudy in appearance as it starts to thicken - solid wax particles develop, causing the oil to thicken, which then clogs up fuel injectors and filters. The building up of crystals in the fuel line will eventually cause the fuel to stop running and engines will cease as they are starved of fuel.

“Critical” Standby Generators

The British Standards Institution (BSi) have recognised the importance of fuel quality and cleanliness in their 2016 update of BS5410 Part 3 and noted concerns surrounding critical application standby generators, where the failure of a “critical” generator could result in loss of life. Where critical Standby generators are used, typically in Hospitals, Emergency Services, Highway maintenance, tunnels and other communication centres, BSi recommends a regime of regular fuel sampling and testing, 3monthly, or 6monthly if a fixed fuel filtration system is fitted. Fixed fuel filtration systems should be compliant with SAE J1488 2010_10, this test measures the efficiency of the filtration element to remove suspended or emulsified water in fuel.

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Top reasons to use steel fuel storage tanks

Top reasons to use steel fuel storage tanks

There are many options to consider when investing in a new fuel storage tank. Design, capacity, dispensing equipment fitted to your tank, and most importantly, the tank material. Steel fuel tanks offer many benefits over plastic tanks, and by choosing a steel tank to store your fuel, you can expect to benefit in several ways. No matter whether it’s diesel tanks, oil tanks or other types of fuel tanks you are looking for, steel fuel tanks are hard to beat.


Steel tanks are appropriate for a vast range of conditions and have a much longer lifespan than tanks made from plastic. While plastic tanks are susceptible to UV degradation, structural failures and damage from machines and vehicles, steel tanks can withstand accidental scrapes and knocks from onsite machinery and have a much better lifespan. A well-finished steel product can withstand the harshest of environments while providing many years of hassle-free refuelling and storage.


Fuel theft can be extremely inconvenient and costly, making the security of a fuel tank a top priority. Machinery and vehicle downtime caused by stolen fuel, possible environmental fines and of course, the cost of replacing the fuel itself, can have a significant negative effect on any business, so ensuring you have a strong and robust tank is essential. Fuel theft has risen in recent years, with thieves specifically targeting plastic tanks which are easier to break into. A well-designed tank that has been constructed out of steel is extremely hard to break into, providing better security and reducing the risks of your fuel being stolen.


The superior lifespan, durability and security of steel tanks provide much better value when compared to plastic tanks, especially over the long term. Plastic tanks can generally only be used in one location, as moving them usually invalidates their warranty. However, steel tanks can be moved and relocated at a future date, if required. This offers more flexibility to owners of steel tanks, and also allows owners to resell their tanks should their future needs change.

Minimal site preparation required

Plastic tanks must be installed according to their manufacturer’s guidelines, which involves placing them on perfectly level concrete bases. The cost for the installation of this type of base alone often costs more than the price difference between plastic and steel tank options. To install a steel tank, minimal site preparation is required, and as long as the base is firm, flat and non-permeable as per the Environment Agency PPG2 guidelines, that is all that is necessary to comply and install a steel fuel tank.


Steel bunded tanks are used in a wide range of industries and applications, including Forestry, Agriculture, Haulage, Construction and Plant Hire. As they can be relocated between sites, even after many years of use in one site, this makes them the best choice for storage tank flexibility. UN approved steel bowsers and tanks are designed for both transporting and storing fuel, and for this reason, they are easily lifted and transported around a site, or transported on motorways. Certain steel models can even be transported full of fuel, making them the best and most reliable option for flexible fuel storage.

BS5410 Oil Tank

Risk Management for Critical Standby Generators – Fuel and Equipment

BS 5410

The British Standards Institution has recognised the importance of fuel quality and cleanliness in their 2016 update of BS5410-3: 1976, now withdrawn and superseded with the May 31st, 2016 release.

Concerns surround critical application standby generators whereby failure of a critical application generator could result in loss of life, a high cost of failure of applications such as emergency lighting or other “non-critical” applications. Such standby generators are typically used in hospitals, banks and other communication centres.

Filters are addressed in the update with guidance notes:

Note 1 since the introduction of Biofuel (FAME) into the fuels the quality and life expectancy of fuels has been adversely affected as FAME is hygroscopic so any water in the fuel goes into suspension. This water can lead to injector pump damage and facilitate the growth of bacteria which blocks conventional filters.

Note 2 removing as much water as possible preserves the quality of fuel and for critical standby generators only filters conforming to SAE J1488 2010_10 are to be used.

Filters should be duplicated or be of a type that permits maintenance with-out shut-down

Fuels for emergency generators should be tested every six months for quality and suitability if fitted with a fuel polishing system, if there is no polishing system the fuel should be tested every three months

Filters for “non-critical” generators should conform to OFS E104

OTS and solutions for UK/Europe

  1. Widespread deployment of DieselPure systems
  2. Advocating 3 monthly fuel sampling and testing
  3. Upgrading 80mesh duplex basket filters for SAE J1488 2010_10 compliant elements
  4. Mobile fuel filtration rigs used to clean fuel to meet SAE J1488 2010_10

What does this mean, what should I do

  1. Establish if standby generator is “critical or non-critical”
  2. If “critical” establish fuel testing regime – six or three months (verifiable by UKAS Accredited Laboratory)
  3. Has a fuel polishing system been installed, has it been tested and certified to meet SAE: J1488 2010_10 for removal of suspended water?
  4. Review fuel system maintenance schedule for standby generators with particular reference to fuel filters and SAE J1488 2010_10
  5. Identify fitment of inline “basket” filters, typically these are fitted with 80mesh filters, these will be ineffective if used with FAME based fuels, should be upgraded/replaced with SAE J1488 2010_10 certified filters.
  6. Mobile fuel polishing systems used for ad-hoc maintenance, verify system deployed meets SAE J1488_10 criteria

Possible Locations

  1. NHS – hospitals
  2. Emergency Services
  3. Facility Management Businesses – Highways, Shopping Centres
  4. Banks
  5. Data Centres
  6. Petrol Forecourts – standby generators for firefighting equipment

What is the solution?

A Canadian-designed and built filtration system that has been tested and certified to meet and exceed SAE J1488 2010_10 test criteria – DIESELPURE

Still unsure, then please contact one of our fuel experts at OTS on 01386 853409 or sales@oiltanksupplies.com

Click here to read how FAME based fuel is advancing internal corrosion of fuel storage tanks and associated downstream equipment.

Key recommendations and guidance introduce principle changes to:

  • Bio-fuels
  • Coal tar fuels have been deleted
  • Standby generators included

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Stock monitoring and Inventory Control

The OTS TankStream family uses Internet connectivity for real time stock visibility.

tankstream-fuel-quality-and-stock-monitoring-screenshot-300x165Oil Tank Supplies has developed a range of electronic tank gauging products to support depot and wholesale fuel oil storage facilities. These gauges are used in conjunction with the appropriate instrumentation to measure tank levels, temperature and water content. The data is presented in a clear digital display which can be viewed both on-site and online by using TankStream - a dedicated stock monitoring system, which is operated by a standard web browser and does not require proprietary software.

Recommendations for site installations will vary according to operational requirements. In addition to stock monitoring, TankStream can be used with fuel conditioning systems and additional protective measures to prevent potential contamination by ‘rogue’ fuel deliveries.  An important feature of the online connectivity is the ability to offer ‘Real Time’ remote monitoring with SMS messaging and e-mail alarm alerts.

tankstream-fuel-quality-and-stock-monitoring-data-300x80The TankStream family covers all installation requirements from a single tank up to a larger scale distribution terminal.

TankStream LITE
The basic entry level display console is intended for local operation, covering two storage tanks. The tank contents are measured by pressure sensor devices. Features include a high level alarm and integrated bund alarms. This console can be integrated into a larger web-based network, using the TankStream Touch screen panel as the master console.

TankStream II
The full specification unit provides increased processing capacity for up to eight tanks. The user simply scrolls through the digital display listing to check individual tank contents. As well as recording the data in real time, the unit is also connected to the internet using GPRS  telecoms technology to enable remote monitoring via an Internet connection.

TankStream Touch
This option provides the user with a consolidated overview presentation. Each of the depot tanks are presented as a graphic which can then be selected for more details. The data is collected from appropriate sensor devices used to measure height of fuel contents, ullage (free space) and water content etc.

Fuel Control System
Normally housed in a weather proof cabinet, the FCS provides all the information required to enable delivery tanker drivers to check the depot tank contents and obtain a printed receipt when either unloading or loading fuel. Most depots operate on a self-serve basis and OTS has simplified the process by integrating the tank contents gauge and the loading information into a single control panel with touch display.

In operation TankStream allows management to track and monitor their fuel storage facilities. For example, in a typical multi-depot haulage operation, the customer simply logs into his account through a web browser, to view his dashboard overview.  This will show that he has a specific quantity of fuel across the network and how this is distributed between the actual tanks located at regional depots.

Rather than inventory alarms, the tank contents low level setting itself, can be used to trigger a purchasing instruction, so that stocks are replenished automatically. The supervisor can click on any depot to view the current status. Should there be any alarms, the system will send out an SMS message to key personnel,  who must then acknowledge receipt in order to order to ensure traceability and full responsibility for any corrective action required.

Customers can also use the system to monitor the serviceability of the fuelling facilities. For instance output from pump and machine diagnostics monitoring nozzle switches, back lights, motor running electrical spikes and fuel flow through the pumps.

The system can also be used to monitor drainage tank interceptors and other security measures such as the closed circuit television. Potentially there is capacity to pick up some 200 or more devices or data entry gates. Driven by actual customer requirements,  the development of OTS TankStream is moving towards the functionality of a full blown building management systems tool.

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OTS MultiServ designed to meet 20 years life expectancy

OTS Multiserve Fuelling Station

Transport operators are replacing underground fuel storage facilities with above ground installations - the Environmental Agency’s now preferred option. As well as meeting the latest requirements for the protection of the environment, this approach allows greater flexibility when planning and updating depot facilities.

Build quality is crucial, since most fuelling points are exposed to the weather. OTS tanks are designed to offer a 20 year life expectancy. This is certified under OFTEC T200 specification for commercial oil storage installations.

“Regulations for the storage of fuel oil are under continual scrutiny,” explains sales director, Steve Gain. “We can assure our customers that our tanks will be fully compliant with the latest requirements for BS 5410 Part 2 standard which was introduced in April.”

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Setting standards for Oil Storage

FPS StandOil Tank Supplies (OTS) of Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestshire will be showcasing a mobile fuel quality test laboratory at the forthcoming FPS Expo 2012.

The emphasis this year will be tank maintenance and fuel quality monitoring. Video presentations will highlight the company’s design and build capability. Recent projects include fuel oil distribution centres, several large scale fuelling facilities for transport operations and a harbour installation for fuelling sea going ferries.

OTS has also supplied its first BioTank, which has been installed for a national distribution chain specialising in chilled produce. Basically a standard diesel storage tank, the BioTank is fitted with a conditioning pack designed to prevent the build up of microbial contamination. Effectively this is a self cleansing capability to preserve the pristine quality of the wet-stock - as delivered from the refinery.

“We are expecting a lot of interest in the area of fuel cleansing and treatment procedures for bio fuels,” says OTS sales director Steve Gain.
“The move towards higher percentage biofuel contents has necessitated more stringent hygiene in oil storage facilities. Water contamination can very quickly lead to the rapid deterioration in fuel quality.”

A demonstration of diesel filtration will be centre piece of the OTS stand at the FPS show. This will be supported by specialists from the TankCare Division to discuss the need for fuel quality monitoring and tank hygiene.

Oil Tank Supplies expands presence at the forthcoming FPS Expo 2012 – the oil distribution industries annual show.

Wednesday & Thursday 18 - 19 April 2012
Harrogate International Centre

Stand M2

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OTS TankCare Launches TankStream - Intelligent Fuel Quality Monitoring

Tankstream LogoNew products from TankCare UK include TankStream, a fuel quality and wetstock monitoring system for dispersed fuel storage installations.
Designed to provide “real time” updates, the monitoring system works in conjunction with an integral fuel conditioning system which re-circulates and treats the wet-stock, to prevent contamination by microbial growth.

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Fuelling agricultural operations

LammaOil Tank Supplies expands presence at the forthcoming LAMMA 2012 - farm machinery, equipment and services show.

Wednesday & Thursday 18th - 19th January 2012
Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground, Winthorpe
Newark. Nottinghamshire

Presentations at two locations

  1. Outside area B131 Avenue X for fuel oil storage and transit solutions.
  2. Hall 1 for OTS TankCare – fuel cleansing and quality monitoring.

Oil Tank Supplies (OTS) of Moreton in Marsh, Gloucestshire has increased its participation at the forthcoming LAMMA farm machinery show. In addition to the presentation of fuel oil storage solutions in the outside area, the company has taken a stand within Hall 1 for OTS TankCare a specialist division providing fuel test and quality monitoring solutions.

“Having adequate fuel supplies available is an important part of the logistics behind the modern farm, sales OTS sales director Steve Gain. “Storage facilities need to be secure, convenient and compliant with environmental regulations. Large capacity tanks are usually customised and OTS personnel will be available to discuss customer requirements.”

On display will be the Oil Transit Store – a portable tank which will hold 970 litres. The tank incorporates slots for loading onto a trailer for easier access to field operations. The tank is equipped with a 12 volt electric pump enabling it to be powered from the tractor electrics.

The move towards higher percentage biofuel contents has necessitated more stringent hygiene in oil storage facilities. Water contamination can very quickly lead to the rapid deterioration in fuel quality. Tanks should be drained when equipment is not in use and operators should avoid holding fuel stocks any longer than necessary to complete foreseeable operations.

OTS TankCare is a mobile service equipped to test fuel quality and provide fuel cleansing by recirculation of the tank contents through a filtration process. If fuel quality is in doubt, this process will safeguard productivity by removing contamination and any bacterial growth, which could potentially lead to machinery breakdowns.

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Marketing agreement to boost export orders

Westminster International LogoPartnership with security specialist Westminster International enables OTS to tap new business opportunities in aviation, defence logistics and NGOs.

Oil Tank Supplies (OTS) has appointed Banbury–based defence and security specialist, Westminster International Ltd as its principle marketing partner for overseas sales.

Oil Tank Supplies manufactures fuel storage systems with integral stock control and dispensing facilities. This sort of equipment is usually procured by large business enterprises, public sector authorities and other government based organisations.

“Bidding for this type of work is a challenging process,” explains OTS sales director, Steve Gain. “We are well known in the UK for bespoke solutions; however our latest product, the self contained MultiServ filling station is ideally suited for marketing as a stand-alone solution.”

“We have partnered with Westminster International, in order to tap their expertise and worldwide sales network covering specialist sectors such as aviation and large corporate organisations, where security and stock management are crucial requirements.”

Commenting on the agreement, Westminster International, business development manager, Christopher Dowling said: “Our activities cover logistics and security equipment for a wide range of civil amenities, emergency services and development infrastructure.”

“The OTS MultiServ filling station fits in with our portfolio. It’s a self contained solution that can be transported easily to where it is needed and commissioned simply with just an electrical supply and Internet connection for remote monitoring.

Westminster International  www.wi-ltd.com is a global leader in integrated security solutions – providing cutting edge equipment, technical expertise and consultancy services worldwide.

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