Storage, Fuel and Oil Tank Decomissioning

Why Tanks Need Decomissioning

How We Operate?

Site visit to examine the tank, quotation and initial planning
Removal of any remaining liquids, hazardous residue and gas
Tank Filling or Tank Removal depending on your needs
Tank Filling or Tank Removal depending on your needs

For Tanks that Need Replacing and Decomissioning

Fuel oil tanks are an essential part of many commercial properties, providing a reliable source of heat or power. However, like any mechanical system, these tanks have a finite lifespan. Over time, environmental factors such as exposure to the elements, chemicals, and atmospheric conditions can cause the tanks to degrade and become unusable. When this happens, fuel oil tank decommissioning is necessary.

Fuel oil tank decommissioning involves the safe and complete removal of the tank from the property. This process includes draining any remaining fuel from the tank, cleaning the tank to remove any residue, and disposing of the tank in an environmentally responsible manner. While the specifics of the decommissioning process may vary depending on the tank’s size and location, the overall goal is to ensure that the tank no longer poses a risk to the property, the environment, or the people who work or live nearby.


There are several reasons why a fuel oil tank may need to be decommissioned. One common reason is obsolescence. Changes in regulations, advances in technology, or changes in the property’s usage may render the tank unnecessary or unsuitable for its intended purpose. For example, a tank that was once used for heating a property may become obsolete if the property switches to a different heating system.


Another reason for fuel oil tank decommissioning is environmental concerns. Fuel oil tanks can pose a significant environmental risk if they leak or spill. The fuel can contaminate the soil and groundwater, and the fumes can pollute the air. Decommissioning a tank can help prevent these risks and ensure that the surrounding environment is protected.


In addition to environmental concerns, property development can also require fuel oil tank decommissioning. If a property is undergoing development, a fuel oil tank may need to be removed to make way for new construction. This is particularly true if the tank is located in an area where it could interfere with the new development or pose a safety hazard.


Safety concerns are another reason why fuel oil tanks may need to be decommissioned. Old tanks can become corroded, damaged, or unstable, making them a safety hazard. If a tank is in a location where it could fall or leak, it poses a risk to the people who work or live nearby. Decommissioning the tank can help prevent accidents and injuries.


Finally, there are legal requirements for fuel oil tank decommissioning. Some jurisdictions require the decommissioning of fuel oil tanks when they are no longer in use. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in fines and legal penalties. It is essential to consult with local authorities to determine the specific requirements for decommissioning fuel oil tanks in your area.


In conclusion, fuel oil tank decommissioning is a necessary process that helps ensure the safety of people and the environment. Old or obsolete tanks can pose significant risks if they are not removed, cleaned, and disposed of correctly. Whether it is due to obsolescence, environmental concerns, property development, safety concerns, or legal requirements, fuel oil tank decommissioning is an essential part of maintaining a safe and functional commercial property. If you have a fuel oil tank that needs decommissioning, it is crucial to work with a professional company that has the knowledge, experience, and equipment to do the job safely and effectively.


When it comes to fuel oil tank decommissioning projects, Britteco is the best choice. With our long experience in the industry, they have the knowledge and expertise to safely and efficiently remove and dispose of any fuel oil tanks, no matter their size or location. 


Additionally, Britteco is environmentally conscious and takes great care to ensure that all tanks are cleaned and disposed of in an environmentally responsible manner, protecting both the property and the surrounding environment. With our combination of experience and environmentally conscious practices, Britteco is the clear choice for anyone in need of fuel oil tank decommissioning services.

Fuel Oil Tank Decommissioning

The Process in Detail

The process generally requires:


An initial Site visit which includes looking into the tank’s operational history and the type of liquids that were or still are stored inside.


We then create a quotation comparing options available and recommend the most environmentally sustainable, cost-effective option.


We plan the entire process before arriving on site to make sure our operation causes as little disruption to your routine as possible.


We then remove any remaining liquids, hazardous residue and gas from your tank and deliver you a Gas Free Certificate and a Consignment Note for all liquids removed from the tank.


Tank Filling or Tank Removal. Depending on your needs, we’ll either recommend filling in your unused tank with concrete or RG22 foam or similar. Using foam means that, if required, you can potentially reuse your tank in the future.


Final Certification of the process is provided at the end of the process. This includes both Certificates of Foam Filling and Tank Decommissioning.

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