Any business dealing with oil, petroleum or other fuel products will most likely be in need of bunded tanks. Whether these containment systems are underground, on-ground or aboveground, they are designed to protect the fuel resources from contamination, theft or destruction. Most importantly, these tanks protect the environment from any fuel leakage whether it’s accidental or intentional.
Most, if not all, fuels are flammable. This means that fuel source casually spread about an area is a disaster, destroying life and everything else around if ignited. Many fuel substances are also toxic, which means they can kill or make animals and humans sick when ingested or even inhaled.
Because these fuel sources are liquid in form, they can soak into the ground and find their way into water tables, underground wells and streams. This can result to contamination of drinking water resources for both people and animals.
Bunded tank containment systems are developed to prevent these disasters from happening. So much money and time has been invested in research to create containment systems that not only hold hazardous substances, but also prevent accidental spills from happening.
There are many different kinds of fuel tank containment systems in the marketplace today. Below are several of the most popular and most affordable systems, which will often be called by different names depending on the company that manufactures them.
Types of containment systems and their purpose:
Hut containment systems
These portable containment systems usually consist of an elevated flooring, which is usually made of fiberglass, and an arched structure that covers the tank. Should the tank burst, it prevents the fuel from splashing and spilling. These systems. You need these systems when you need to store the fuel tank near areas of human traffic.
Dike wall containment systems
These walls are created to surround and encircle a tank and serve as an extra layer of protection in case the tank will burst or develop a sudden leak. The dike systems are used in combination with a laminated or sealed flooring surface, which prevents the fuel leak from moving downward and outward. These type of systems are typically portable and can be moved and set-up quickly as needed in certain areas.
Tub containment systems
The tub containment systems are the smaller and more portable versions of dike systems. While dike systems are usually made from concrete, tub systems are typically metallic. Some are also molded from poly-material with a plastic basis. You’ll need these systems for temporary containment situations.
A fuel tank is a needed especially when fuel storage is near human work or living areas. For further protection and prevention of any leakage and disastrous accidents, it is a mandate that secondary tank containment system must always be present.