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Who are oftec?

Who are oftec?

OFTEC plays a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Our trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. We also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work. Our online shop, OFTEC Direct, supplies a range of technical books, equipment and clothing products for heating technicians.

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A little more....

A little more....

Need to know a little more about Oil Tanks?

The information on this page applies to oil storage tanks up to 3,500 litres capacity supplying oil to single family dwellings for heating and cooking purposes. If you need information on larger tanks, or non-domestic sites such as churches or village halls, please contact the technical team at Alltank or contact OFTEC’s technical team. Depending on where you live, regulations may vary slightly. The information here is a general guide, and you should check with an OFTEC registered technician which regulations affect you. Who is OFTEC?

About your Oil Tank…

Modern oil storage tanks come in all shapes and sizes and can be made from either plastic or steel. The size and type that your OFTEC registered technician recommends will depend on your individual requirements. If purchasing an Oil Tank it is law that it is CE approved to keep in line with current regulations. That’s why all oil tanks provided by Alltank, are CE marked.
Your oil tank should be inspected annually as part of your heating system’s regular service visit. Oil tanks, like all heating products have an expected working life (typically 20 years) and, if used beyond this time, the risk of a costly tank failure increases. The tank manufacturer or your servicing technician can advise you on when you should consider replacing your tank.

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Knowing more about your Storage Tank

Knowing more about your Storage Tank

Why should you know more about your oil tank?

Oil is a valuable fuel; The safe storage of oil has to be thought about carefully and responsibly, it is important to protect your health and safety and to reduce the risk of pollution.

Consider your environment

Most oil tanks are situated in back gardens near to streams, rivers and underground water supplies, it is crucial to consider the condition of your oil tank to stop leaks and spills from contaminating water sources. Oil is toxic and harmful to plants and animals, and is a threat to their environment also.

Insurance advice

Dealing with a spill will cause you and maybe your surrounding neighbours with a great deal of stress and inconvenience. You should have insurance cover and your policy should state the following aspects:
- Environmental clean-up for accidental oil loss
- The cost of replacing the oil
- The cost of cleaning up the oil on your own property
- A high enough liability limit to cover your surrounding neighbours.
Remember: its against the law to cause pollution so you’ll have to act to clean up any serious spill or leak that may cause contamination. Also, it is important to keep an eye on your oil tanks condition as your insurance company may not pay if the leak has occurred over time.
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AdBlue Spillage & What To Do

AdBlue Spillage & What To Do

AdBlue is a high-quality urea solution used to help diesel engines reduce their NOx emissions. Due to the latest EURO 6 emission regulations being brought into effect as of September 2015, AdBlue is fast becoming more and more commonplace in multiple industries including transportation and Agricultural logistics.

Large commercial fleet operators are more than likely start to store AdBlue in bulk on site to meet their needs. For passenger vehicles, AdBlue will generally just be topped up during a service unless they cover high mileage in which case a top up may be needed using a plastic AdBlue container purchased at a forecourt. This may change to an AdBlue dispensing pump on a forecourt.

Both of these lead to the potential of an AdBlue spillage or leakage, which may affect the environment. Although AdBlue is non-toxic, if spilt & not cleaned up immediately, it will crystallise upon drying.


Firstly, you should make sure that:
• Your tank or dispensing equipment are suitable for use with AdBlue
• The dispensing area drainage is isolated from any & all surface water drains.
• If you have a manual or automatic nozzle to dispense your AdBlue, make sure your nozzle cannot be left in the open position.
• Make sure that you have appropriate emergency equipment to deal with spills. For example, you could use spill kits, drain mats, pipe blocker, or permanent valves on drainage systems to provide containment and contamination.
• Make sure any spill kits used are suitable with water based products (SC.ABKIT06A)
• Make sure you have an emergency plan as well as suitable training for dealing with AdBlue spillages.

Although there are no current specific regulations that require AdBlue to be stored in a certain manner, the environmental agency do state that if they believe there is a significant environmental risk they will use their enforcement powers to make sure you meet their good practice guidelines.

If you do come across an AdBlue spill then act immediately. Use a spill kit to clean up any spill then rinse the area thoroughly with water to avoid any crystallisation.

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Moving house?

Moving house?

Old oil tanks

If you are moving out into the country during 2017, in most cases the home will use an oil fired central heating system. Hopefully, this means that somewhere in the garden should be a steel or plastic tank, in good condition we hope. It is important to regularly check for vegetation around the tank, making sure to cut it back so the tank becomes exposed whilst paying particular attention to the external sight gauge ensuring that the valve and the sight gauge are not damp or leaking. If your lucky enough to have a new tank installed prior to moving home remember that a metal tank will require a coat of paint every few years to preserve the condition.


If your new to having an oil storage tank that powers your central heating or for cooking purposes it is imperative to THINK about protecting the environment and the way the tank should not only be installed but looked after. Take a look into the OFTEC domestic oil storage regulations

20 years!

When moving out to the country it is more than likely that the tank that supports your central heating system will need replacing. The sitting life of a plastic storage tank is 20 years,
The tanks that are currently in use in most parts of the UK are are becoming close to twenty years service and should be renewed. If this is the case, you need to find the serial number on the tank, if it is a plastic tank the serial number is embezzled into the top. If the tank is worn or you cant locate the serial number on the tank, check with the manufacturer or check your warranty card.

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How to store & dispense Diesel - the legal way!

How to store & dispense Diesel - the legal way!

Are you storing Diesel legally

Why we store diesel...

If you own a farm or a fleet of Diesel vehicles, i'm sure you will quickly see the benefits of storing Diesel on site.  Simply put, Diesel is cheaper to buy in bulk - saving you cost, whilst also being a lot less hassle - saving you time!  But, you may be wondering how to store & dispense this Diesel?

Because of these great benefits, we often find Diesel stored in tanks on site e.g. agricultural farms, construction sites, commercial properties - however, what many of us don't realise is that there is a legal way and an illegal way to store Diesel on site.

Diesel can be stored in either plastic or metal tanks, the following features apply to both types.  There is no difference in regulation between a plastic or metal tank.

Is your storage facility Legal or Illegal?

The main factors that determine whether you're storing Diesel illegally are as follows:

  • Gravity is used to feed the vehicle (e.g. your tank is at a height in order to let the diesel fall under gravity through the hose into your vehicle)
  • Diesel dispensing equipment (Hose & Nozzle) is not contained within a secure cabinet
  • Diesel is not stored in Bunded (Double Skinned) tanks.

The picture below shows the illegal way to store Diesel!

how to store & dispense diesel Diesel Tank

If you find that you're storing & dispensing Diesel in exactly this way - then now is the time to fix it!  Fortunately, A very quick fix can be made in order to store Diesel legally!

The factors that determine whether you are storing Diesel legally are as follows:

  • Diesel is supplied to vehicle using a Pump (manual pumps, 12v pumps, 230v pumps, 110v pumps can all be supplied with diesel tanks)
  • The pump, hose & nozzle (when not in use) is safely stored within a secure cabinet mounted on the tank.
  • Diesel is stored in Bunded (Double Skinned) Tanks

The picture below is an example of the correct way to store Diesel.

Deso V3500 DD in Use


See our range of Diesel tanks here (offering you the fully legal option to store Diesel)

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Tank Base Enhancement Guidelines

Tank Base Enhancement Guidelines

It is important to give domestic oil storage tanks, whether made of steel or plastic a stable base and any grounding support it requires. This makes the tank safe and will protect the environment from disruption and ultimately prevent the likelihood of leakage and loss of fuel. This is a requirement of Oftec and is not something any tank owner should avoid. Creating a suitable base for your tank is easy to do, we've created a number of guides to ensure you get it right. Continue reading

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Red Diesel - Can You Use It To Lower Your Fuel Prices?

Red Diesel - Can You Use It To Lower Your Fuel Prices?

What is Red Diesel?

Red Diesel is no different to White Diesel in substance and function. The main difference is the price of Red Diesel compared to the more widely used White. As of June 2014 the price per litre of Red Diesel stands at 66p while white comes in at £1.36. That's better than half price in cost, and that's what makes Red Diesel so desirable. Continue reading

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Disguising Your Coal Bunker

Disguising Your Coal Bunker

At Alltank we stock a number of Coal Bunkers suitable for a range of materials including coal, wood and salt. These handy storage solutions are necessities for those looking to store coal or fuel safely outside the house. Easy to use, robust and good value for money it's a shame Coal Bunkers can't be just that little bit more glamorous! Continue reading

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Is the Apollo Ultrasonic  oil level monitor the best around?

Is the Apollo Ultrasonic oil level monitor the best around?

Looking at our category page for oil tank gauges you can see the brand that dominates the page is Apollo. The Apollo range of oil tank gauges have a fantastic reputation and with good reason. The gauge that stands out the most is surprisingly not the most expensive of them all. The Apollo Ultrasonic oil tank monitor is a piece of kit we are really impressed with and we’ll tell you why. Continue reading

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