It’s no secret that mines are some of the most dangerous places on earth to work. The combination of heavy machinery, low visibility, dynamite, and flammable liquids can be deadly if safety precautions are not implemented correctly. .
Bunded tanks are one way to store and move diesel safely, provided they are made tough. So read on to see our top tips for safely storing diesel in bunded polyethylene tanks, and how this technology is now being used across many more industries, such as agriculture and chemical waste.
Diesel use in mining operations
Diesel is a significant energy source for the mining industry. It’s used in trucks for transporting overburden and ore from the pit to the dump site, stockpile, or next stage in the mining process. Most excavators, loaders, and diggers also require diesel to move soil, earth, and rocks from the ground to the truck.
Now, I don’t know about you, but mining trucks are unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. Their size and scale are just unbelievable. To protect the workers who use these behemoth machines, it’s paramount that flammable liquids – like diesel – are safely stored in bunded tanks.
What is a bunded tank?
A bunded tank is essentially a tank within a tank. The ‘bund’, or double wall, is designed to act as a second safety guard against spillages and leaks. Leaks in your diesel tank can not only cost you thousands of dollars in lost fuel, but they could also mean hefty cleanup bills under environmental legislation. In Australia, complying with environmental standards means ensuring that your fuel is bunded and safely transported.
Some of the benefits of plastic bunded tanks include:
- Lightweight and easy to transport
- Corrosion and rust-resistant
- Solid one-piece construction means no weak weld lines or joints
- Can withstand a broad range of hazardous waste and chemicals
- Uniform wall thickness means your tank is strong and sturdy
- UV stabilised for protection from the sun
The rise of bunded tanks in other industries
After the great success of plastic bunded tanks in the mining industry, other industries have been adopting a similar approach. At Global Rotomoulding, we manufacture bunded diesel tanks for utes and agricultural vehicles, as well as bunded tanks for the industrial industry that are designed to store chemical waste. You can never be too safe when it comes to diesel transportation, and that’s why we always recommend using the very best in technology — no matter where you are, mine or farm!
Are you interested in using bunded diesel tanks on your agricultural property or in your industrial space? Call us on 1800 666 333 or send us an online enquiry today to find out how we can help you!