Bunded Fuel Stations

Bunding can be described as the construction of a wall or protective layer around a site, vessel or object. The bunded part is one that has a protective outer layer called a bund. It can also be casually defined as a tank within a tank and the fuel is stored in the inner tank. When this kind of tank has a pump and a dispensing hose, the result is a bunded fuel station. But why are bunded Fuel Stations and tanks important? Where are they used?

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Importance of bunding

When fuel is stored in the inner tank, in case of any spills, the outer tank contains them. This prevents the contamination of the environment around the fuelling station. Moreover, in case the fuel was being transported say by air or water, it prevents water and air pollution. In addition, bunding provides sufficient space for handling the fuel and other related substances.

The space can also be used as storage space for related items as long as they do not interfere or contaminate the fuel. Bunding has also enhanced the prevention of contamination of stored fuels by substances around the tank. This ensures that the fuel maintains its integrity for longer periods of time. It also provides ample space for those handling the fuel to do their work.

This form of storage presents the safest way to store fuel and if properly done, it prevents the circulation of the fumes that can potentially cause fire in the presence of sparks or fire sources. In addition, these kinds of storage facilities last longer than other forms of storage facilities given their enforced exterior that has a higher capacity to withstand wear and tear forces.

These tanks and stations can be locked up for security purposes preventing theft of fuel or hazardous materials. Given the high economic value attached to such materials, it can save the company or individual from extreme losses that may result from theft or misappropriation by employees.

Where are bunded stations used?

Besides fuelling stations, these can be utilised by individuals, companies and other of enterprises that require onsite fuelling of equipment or machinery. In the United Kingdom, all commercial fuel stations with a capacity of at least 200 litres must employ bunded stations or tanks. For all personal uses, installations exceeding 250 litres must be bunded. Bunding is not only required when handling fuel or gases but also for all types of hazardous products such as lethal chemicals. Failure to comply with these regulations may attract prosecution and penalties.