Uses and Benefits of Underground Fuel Storage Tanks

Underground double-wall fiberglass tanks manufactured by KBK Industries and built to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) standard 1316, offer a wide range of uses and benefits that make them an ideal choice for storing diesel, gasoline, and DEF (diesel exhaust fluid). KBK’s tanks are used in gas stations and truck stops across the nation.

KBK’s Underground double wall fiberglass tanks are utilized for storing petroleum products, such as gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. These tanks provide a secure and reliable storage solution for fueling stations, truck stops, airports, and other facilities that require on-site fuel storage

KBK offers these petroleum storage tanks in sizes from 4,000 to 60,000 gallons. These tanks come in 8’, 10’ and 12’ diameters and are engineered for burial depths of 3’ to 7’6”.  KBK’s UL Certified tanks are load rated for traffic. 

Long Lasting and Durable Fuel Storage

KBK Industries’ underground double wall fiberglass tanks are known for their exceptional durability and long lifespan. The double wall construction adds an extra layer of protection, preventing potential leaks and extending the tank’s service life. These tanks can withstand harsh underground conditions, including soil pressure, temperature fluctuations, and corrosive substances, without compromising their structural integrity. 

KBK uses proprietary resin and fiberglass materials that are corrosion-resistant, making them an ideal choice for storing petroleum products, chemicals, and other substances that can cause corrosion in traditional metal tanks. The non-reactive nature of fiberglass ensures that the stored contents remain uncontaminated and safe, providing peace of mind for both tank owners and environmental regulators. KBK offers a 30-year limited warranty.

Environmentally Friendly Storage Tanks

KBK’s Underground double wall fiberglass tanks contribute to environmental friendliness in multiple ways. The tanks’ corrosion resistance prevents leaks and spills, minimizing the risk of groundwater contamination and environmental damage. Moreover, the manufacturing process of fiberglass tanks produces fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to steel or concrete tanks, aligning with sustainable practices.

The double wall design of these tanks provides an added layer of protection against leaks. In case the inner wall becomes compromised, the outer wall acts as a secondary containment barrier, preventing the stored contents from escaping into the surrounding environment. This feature enhances environmental safety and reduces the potential for cleanup costs associated with accidental spills.

Underwriters Laboratories standard 1316 sets rigorous safety requirements for fiberglass underground tanks. KBK Industries’ tanks built to this standard comply with stringent testing, material, and construction specifications, ensuring that they meet or exceed industry safety standards. This compliance provides assurance to tank owners that their storage facilities adhere to the highest safety standards.

Fiberglass tanks require minimal maintenance and do not need internal or external coatings, reducing ongoing maintenance costs. Moreover, their extended lifespan and resistance to corrosion mean that tank replacements are infrequent, resulting in long-term savings for tank owners.

Lighter and Easy To Install

KBK Industries designs underground double wall fiberglass tanks with ease of installation in mind. These tanks are typically lighter than steel or concrete tanks, making transportation and installation easier and more cost-effective. KBK’s delivery fleet utilizes specialty-built trailers which reduce transportation costs. KBK’s simplified installation process reduces project timelines, minimizing disruptions to the site and allowing businesses to begin using the tanks promptly. 

The KBK anchoring system is designed for dry hole applications but will work during isolated instances of flooding where water temporarily fills the hole of the buried tank. For wet hole applications or locations with frequent flooding, KBK offers site specific engineering (you can contact us directly for more details). KBK provides concrete Deadman to anchor the tanks. KBK’s tie down straps are available in lengths of 10’ or 18’. KBK also provides turnbuckles in 12” length for 8’ & 10’ diameter tanks and 18” length for 12’ diameter tanks.  KBK can also provide nylon or FRP anchor straps.

Underground double wall fiberglass tanks save valuable aboveground space since they are installed below the surface. This is particularly beneficial for facilities with limited space or aesthetic considerations where aboveground tanks may not be viable. The tanks’ underground placement also protects them from weather elements, contributing to their longevity. In regions prone to seismic activity, the flexible and resilient nature of fiberglass tanks provides an added advantage. These tanks can absorb and dissipate seismic forces, reducing the risk of tank failure during earthquakes or ground movements. 

Your Ideal Underground Fuel Storage Solution

KBK Industries’ underground double wall fiberglass tanks, built to the Underwriters Laboratories standard 1316, offer a petroleum storage solution for gas stations, truck stops and airports. Their durability, corrosion resistance, environmental friendliness, leak prevention, safety compliance, and cost-effectiveness make them a reliable and sustainable choice. With their ability to withstand underground conditions, these tanks provide secure storage solutions while optimizing aboveground space and supporting environmental protection. KBK offers a complete line of petroleum storage tanks with Deadman, straps and turnbuckles. Contact us to learn more!