With many options available from fabricators and with questionable offers found online, some fleet operators remain uncertain as to what they should be considering.
Adding to the uncertainty, are the vague statements made by manufacturers regarding build specifications. With some tanks claiming to be built to ‘required’ specifications and some claiming to be built to ‘named’ specifications, it becomes difficult to know what you are getting and to choose with a degree of confidence.
Many low-cost tanks offered online are built using very narrow-gauge steel, as little as 3 mm and even 2 mm have been seen. Such tanks are often fitted with low-grade, low-accuracy fuel pumps which are unsuitable for hard work, basic contents gauges, and minimalistic alarm systems.
It is for this reason, that approximately 15 years ago, Merridale chose to assist fleet operators in sourcing decent quality & correctly specified storage tanks after already specialising in high-quality fuel pumps.
The first move was to create and update a specification that meets and exceeds all existing legislation, whether that means environmental specification or explosive specification, and consider all security needs.
The Merridale specification includes many standard items not found on most alternative offers, such as high-accuracy ATEX-certified fuel pumps with air separation and positive displacement meters, fuel management systems capable of expansion to meet current and future requirements, high-accuracy contents gauges linked into the fuel management for full reconciliation, leak and theft detection, security boxes designed to prevent access to exposed pipework and fully ventilated anti-vandal cabinets to protect the valuable equipment on board. Indeed, these are just a few of the features you will find included as standard with a Merridale tank package.
Having created such a specification, Merridale regularly meets with carefully chosen quality fabricators to ensure that their standards continue to match those of Merridale’s and more importantly those standards that Merridale customers need.
Merridale now supplies storage tanks and equipment for diesel, HVO, GTL & AdBlue across the UK and tank packages can be tailor-made to meet specific site requirements.
To discuss whether a bespoke tank solution could benefit your business, call the Merridale sales team on 01902 350 700.