Domestic customers – NEW secure fire-rated tank

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Trevor Seed (l) with Envirostore’s managing director, Richard Marsh by the new Firecheck tank

An innovative product to overcome the problem of installing tanks next to buildings and structures has been developed by two well-known oil tank manufacturers. 

The new Firecheck tank is the result of a joint partnership between plastic tank manufacturer, Envirostore and steel tank manufacturer, J Seed. 

Designed to have an anticipated 20-year life span, it consists of a steel outer tank which encloses an integrally bunded plastic tank, which is clad with 30-minute fire resistant material, uniquely providing fire protection to both the inner tank and its bund. The Firecheck tank is an LABC registered system and can be installed next to non-fire resistant buildings and boundaries to satisfy Building Regulations. 

 “We’ve been working with Envirostore for almost two years to develop something which brings together the security and flexibility of steel with the convenience of plastic,” said J Seed sales manager, Wendi Whittle. 

“The Firecheck tank combines our experience in steel tanks with Envirostore’s expertise and range of plastic oil storage tanks. The outer steel bund, which gives a unique additional level of environmental protection, and fire resistant insulation can be factory fitted to any horizontal Envirostore plastic bunded tank from 1,000 to 2,500 litres, giving a secure fire-rated oil storage solution for the domestic market.”

Meeting requirements 

To meet the requirements of Part J of the Building Regulations in England and Wales, conventional oil storage tanks should be sited at least 1800mm away from non-fire rated buildings or structures, and 760mm away from non-fire rated boundaries such as wooden fences. The regulations state that if these requirements cannot be met, then a fire-rated barrier with at least 30 minutes protection should be provided. The Firecheck tank meets these requirements, and can therefore be sited next to buildings, sheds and boundaries with just 100mm separation distance recommended for inspection purposes. 

Because the fire resistant material in the Firecheck is completely enclosed and separate from the integral bund of the plastic tank, there is no risk of it becoming saturated with oil during a delivery. For additional security, all fittings are protected by a steel lockable lid, and the Firecheck comes with an overfill prevention valve, bottom outlet fitting kit, contents gauge and manufacturer’s 10- year warranty. 

 

 

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