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Ensuring tanks are fit for the future

Discussions continue about replacing kerosene with renewable liquid fuels like HVO. A successful transition will be heavily influenced by the care taken during fuel switch, and ensuring the tank receiving the new fuel is in good condition and as clean as possible.

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Prior to any fuel switch, and for good environmental practice, tanks should routinely be visually inspected for defects such as distortion. Tanks with secondary containment are preferred for all applications to minimise any risk of fuel entering a water course following a fuel spill or leak. Plastic tanks should be checked for cracks, surface discolouration or crazing, and steel checked and protected from rusting. All tanks should be appropriately supported.

All fittings and equipment connected to a tank should be checked for correct operation. In particular, there should be appropriate filling and venting arrangements and an operable and safe means of isolation for the oil supply pipe, as near . . .

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