2017 Update - NI Business Oil Storage Regs

2017 Update - NI Business Oil Storage Regs
17 February 2017
It is now over 1 year since the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) enforced new regulations for all businesses in Northern Ireland relating to oil storage.  

The NIEA announced in 2010 that all industrial, commercial and institutional residential sites that have an oil tank above ground storing more than 200 litres must have a bunded tank before December 31st 2015. 

In the 'Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations Guidance' document released by the NIEA in 2010, it stated,  'In 2009 a total of 1,248 substantiated pollution incidents were reported to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and approximately 14% of these were oil-related water pollution incidents.'  It went on to indicate that many reasons for oil leaks were caused by inadequate storage and containment facilities, inadequate equipment, vandalism, poor management and human error.  

These regulations are aimed at reducing the number of oil-related water pollution incidents and follow the same regulations that are already in place for businesses in England and Scotland, and for agricultural premises in Northern Ireland already.

Many businesses throughout Northern Ireland have converted their oil tanks to be bunded, however there are still a number of businesses that have single skinned oil tanks.  More importantly, not obeying the regulations that are in force now puts many businesses at high risk.  Not only will their business insurance not be valid in the event of an oil leak, they could also risk a fine of up to £20,000 or criminal conviction with imprisonment of up to 3 months. 


The most important thing for business owners to do if they know they need to upgrade to a bunded oil tank is to contact Harlequin Manufacturing Ltd.  As a manufacturer of quality bunded tanks, Harlequin provide a diverse range of both Home Heating Oil Tanks and Waste Oil Tanks that meet all current regulations.  Get in contact today:

T: 028 9261 1077 E: info@harlequin-mfg.com 


If you are unsure whether you need to upgrade your oil tank or not, fill your details in below and we will organise a Free No Obligation Site Assessment. Your site assessor will tell you straight after the assessment whether your oil tank needs upgraded to adhere to current regulations and will provide you with help on what product would be best suited.

Date & Time Preference:

Resource Links: 
Control of Pollution (Oil Storage) Regulations Guidance.pdf 

Terms Explained:
Bunded Tank – A bunded tank is a ‘tank within a tank’.  If your inner oil tank splits, a bunded tank is designed to contain any loss of oil to prevent pollution to the surrounding environment.  All Harlequin tanks can contain 110% of the inner tanks capacity.

View our range of Bunded Home Heating Oil Tanks here.

View our range of Bunded Waste Oil Tanks here.

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