The fuel industry has changed over time with the needs of the motorist evolving rapidly. Once we had the little corner service station and the moment we pulled in a driveway attendant sprang to attention and fuelled our vehicle, and we never stepped out of the car. Today’s service station is not only a place to refuel (where we serve ourselves) but also an outlet to purchase our convenience items, and here we find a variety of products from food and drinks to household products. The way we purchase fuel is also changing now to a tap on an app on our smartphones, and this is the sign of progress in today’s modern world!
The situation is vastly different in our remote locations as it is not always viable to have a service station or roadhouse in an isolated place, but fuel is needed. This is where the need for an unmanned fuel location is beneficial. Drivers are able to buy fuel without human contact and allow them to pay at the pump for their purchase. To ensure customers don’t drive off without paying the customer must swipe their card first and have the funds available in their account.
We have certainly progressed with our fuel tanks too. We once had, many service stations still have, the underground steel tanks and slowly these do rust and corrode thus being detrimental to the environment should they leak. Fibreglass tanks are now installed with double walls to protect such an occurrence. Underground tanks are a necessity in the city due to space, but out west, we now use self-bunded fuel tanks at the unmanned fuel stops. These tanks also included valves, pipes, pumps and hoses – a combined system in one. They are also the best protection against fuel leaks that can cause soil or water contamination which attract huge fines.
What are the benefits of self-bunded tanks?
– Self-bunded so no need for a specialist engineer
– No need for external bunding
– No excavation cost
– Ease of access for maintenance
– Built-in-security with a lockable hatch across all access points
– Ease of installation – basically, a drop and go option
– Can be easily transported to another location
– Are certified to Australian standards
– Safe and secure
– Prevents spillage, therefore, saves money and the environment
The countryside is not dotted with these unmanned sites and serve an essential service on trucking routes. They may be unmanned but are a welcome stop when running low on fuel.
Unmanned locations can be a good investment due to the low risk of environmental contamination.