5 September 2016 — AFD Petroleum
There's no downside to storing fuel above ground. Storing it underground, on the other hand, comes with plenty of problems. We designed the Portable Fuel Station (PFS) to solve all of those problems before you even have to think about them. Here are three reasons why you should be storing your fuel above ground instead of under.
Underground tanks can be very costly to install and maintain, not to mention difficult to access because of the sheer amount of earth that needs to be excavated. Leaks and corrosion can go undetected until they have already done significant damage, at which point the tank's limited access makes it difficult to repair. The PFS fits in a single stall in your parking lot. This keeps the station close to your vehicle fleet for regular fill-ups, not to mention incredibly easy to access for installation and maintenance.
Mobbing and demobbing a large tank, even a portable one, can be difficult and costly. If your tank is underground, moving it isn't even an option. As well, the Petroleum Tank Management Association of Alberta (PTMAA) has firm fuel storage regulations in place. Tanks need to be located one metre away from other tanks, three metres from buildings or property lines, and six metres from propane or other petroleum gas cylinders.
Need to move your fuel station to another parking area on your lot or to another work site across the country? The PFS is so small that you only need a loader to move the unit wherever it's needed. The unit has forklift slots on the bottom and lift eyes on the top sides. The PFS's compact size also makes it very easy to place a station — or multiple stations, if you need them — according to PTMAA regulations.
If an underground storage tank springs a leak, you might not detect it until it's too late. A tiny hole can leak 1500 litres of gasoline over the course of a year, and just one litre of fuel can contaminate one million litres of water. This is a serious problem for rural communities that use groundwater for drinking. Leaks are also a major medical concern. Gasoline contains harmful organic compounds and heavy metals, which can affect child development, cause cancer, and damage the nervous, immune, respiratory, endocrine, and reproductive systems.
If you have worked with above-ground fuel storage systems before, you might have noticed that single-walled tanks can easily spring a leak. These stations often need earthworks surrounding them to control any spillage. But the PFS isn't like other stations: it doesn't need additional setup because its double-walled design doesn't leak. If either wall is damaged, the other will remain intact and keep fuel from spilling, making the unit ideal for any work site.
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