25 July 2016 — AFD Petroleum
When you hear the words “fuel tank,” what do you think about? You might think of a round, bulky tank, a complex underground setup, or a small, single-walled tank on a stand that doesn’t meet regulations.
Now you can have all the benefits of a larger, more costly fuel system in a compact, cost- effective portable tank. We designed the Portable Fuel Station (PFS) in two compact sizes that can hold 13,000 or 20,000 litres — without taking up unnecessary space.
If you have a tank small enough, there’s no reason why you can’t store fuel above ground. Storing fuel below ground, on the other hand, comes with plenty of problems. It’s very costly to install and regularly maintain the tank. Problems like underground leaks and corrosion can also go undetected until they have done significant damage, at which point the tank’s limited access makes it difficult to repair.
Both the 13,000L and 20,000L PFS can fit in a single stall in your parking lot. This keeps the tank close to your vehicle fleet for regular fill-ups, not to mention incredibly easy to install, refuel, and maintain.
Large tanks can be difficult and costly to mob and demob. Because the PFS is so small, you only need a loader to move the unit wherever you need it, whether it’s a few metres away or to another site. The unit is designed with forklift slots on the bottom and lift eyes on the top sides. With that kind of portability, you can have fuel whenever and wherever you need it.
Many businesses with compact tanks find that they need constant, inconvenient fill-ups. If your business has a fleet of 20 vehicles that are on the road for most of the day, you should only need to refuel the 13,000L PFS once a month. The 20,000L tank is a better fit if you have a much larger fleet and need a delivery more than once a week. We also offer a fuelling plan with competitive pricing to ensure your tank always has the fuel you need.
The Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA) has firm regulations in place to ensure fuel is stored safely. Tanks need to be separated from each other by one metre, from property lines or buildings by three metres, and from propane or other petroleum gas cylinders by six metres. The PFS’s compact size makes it very easy to place a tank — or multiple tanks, if you need them — according to these regulations.