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Welcome to the RPM Fuels & Tanks blog, here you will find a great range of advice, industry news and new product information. RPM Fuels & Tanks is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fuel tanks, fuel bowsers and fuel dispensing equipment and management systems. We have over 21 years experience in the oil storage industry and aim to provide a high quality product and service at highly competitive prices.

We supply a huge range of oil tanks and fuel dispensing equipment, including fuel pumps and fuel management systems throughout the United Kingdom. We service a wide range of business and commercial customers including agriculture, haulage, local councils, utility companies, commercial premises and the construction industry. Get in contact with us today to enquire about our fuel storage services.



RPM Fuels & Tanks has recently announced that it is offering two of the products in their range at special offer prices, the popular TDW 60 Auto Shut Off Diesel Nozzle and GPI 10 Micron Fuel Filter.

RPM have reduced the price of the TDW 60 Diesel Nozzle to £34.95 + VAT, representing an excellent saving of 30% on the original £49.95 + VAT price. The TDW 60 Nozzle is a very good quality, budget diesel nozzle with an auto shut off feature that shuts off the flow of diesel when the tank being filled reaches full.  It is capable of a maximum flow rate of 60 litres per minute and comes complete with a 1" BSP F swivel on the nozzle inlet to help prevent hose kinks when refueling. It also has a 1" O/D spout.

At the same time RPM have also reduced the price of the Great Plains Industries 10 Micron Water & Particle Replacement Fuel Filter to £23.95, representing a saving of 20% on the original web price.The GPI 10 Micron Replacement Filter is part of the excellent range of Fuel and Oil Filters offered by RPM Fuels. It is a simple spin on/spin off cartridge type filter that is capable of filter diesel fuel for water AND particles down to 10 microns. It protects both vehicles and machinery being refueled plus operators pumps by ensuring that the diesel being dispensed is both clean and free from water. It can be used on diesel pumps with a maximum flow rate of 70 litres per minute and is a direct replacement for Cim-Tek's excellent CT70062 cartridge diesel filter. Filter heads and complete filter kits are also available at additional cost, please contact us on 01473 787787 for more details.

All-in-all these prices represent excellent savings on the already very conpetitive original web prices and are only available while stocks last, so order today!


Proposed Harlequin Bunded Oil Tank Price Increase

RPM Fuels & Tanks has recently received notice that Harlequin, the quality plastic storage tank manufacturer from Northern Ireland, have recently announced that they will be increasing the price of their plastic bunded oil storage tank range by 8%. This price increase will take effect from the 1st of October 2015 and will mainly effect their bunded range of tanks used for domestic heating oil storage. Orders placed before this date will be honoured at the old price but orders placed after this time will be subject to the 8% price increase.

This increase is unavoidable and is a result of increased polymer and other manufacturing costs plus logisitics costs. It comes shortly after a similar price increase from rival plastic tank manufacturers Titan Tanks, also based in Northern Ireland. This price increase only effects Harlequin's plastic bunded heating oil storage tank range and does not effect their Fuel Station or Fuel Point range of diesel tanks, single skin oil tanks or any other tanks within their range.

To beat the price increase customers are advised to place their orders with RPM Fuels & Tanks as soon as possible, either through the website or by contacting 01473 787787.


Does Northern Ireland’s new carbon monoxide legislation go far enough?

A new carbon monoxide (CO) legislation, which requires new homes in Northern Ireland to be fitted with a CO alarm has been welcomed by OFTEC. The Northern Ireland Building Regulations require a CO detector or alarm to be fitted in the location of a boiler or solid fuel store. However, it has been warned by OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings that there remains a great risk for older properties with poorly maintained heating systems.

Mr Blevings commented: “While this is certainly a positive step forward in acknowledging the dangers of carbon monoxide and the importance of fitting a CO alarm in a new property, we believe there is potential for a much greater risk within existing properties which may have old and poorly maintained boilers.

“We also agree with the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI) that a carbon monoxide alarm is a secondary measure only.   An alarm, while important, can give a false sense of security and the best protection is to have appliances serviced regularly by a qualified technician.”

OFTEC works closely with industry stakeholders to increase CO awareness in Northern Ireland. As part of this year’s campaign alongside the new legislation, OFTEC is urging households who burn fossil fuels (oil, peat, wood, gas or coal) to take the necessary actions to prevent any carbon monoxide incidents.

Mr Blevings continued: “Almost 70% of all existing homes in Northern Ireland use heating oil as their primary heating source. These householders should always use an OFTEC Registered Technician when having their appliances serviced. These highly trained technicians use a flue gas analyser to check for carbon monoxide emissions and will perform a combustion test that can lead to improvements in energy efficiency and cost savings on energy bills.”

An additional safety measure for households with natural gas applications has also been urged by OFTEC. The governing body for oil are calling on the Northern Ireland Executive to introduce a mandatory registration scheme for oil technicians. This scheme aims to ensure all fossil fuel technicians are suitably trained and qualified to detect carbon monoxide, resulting in competent servicing and installation works.


Jobs, growth and warmer homes reports energy efficient programmes will lift homes out of fuel poverty

Consumer Focus has issued a new report, ‘Jobs, growth and warmer homes’ that states fuel poverty could be lifted, if money raised by carbon taxes was invested in a significant energy efficiency programme.

Currently fuel poverty affects over six million UK households, and this number is expected to increase to 9.1 million households (one in three homes) as energy prices go up. It has been reported that energy consumers will see carbon taxes rise each year by an additional £4 billion by 2020, making it increasingly important to make energy efficiency affordable.

Mike O’Connor, Chief Executive at Consumer Focus, said: ‘We need to make heating our homes more affordable, cut carbon emissions and achieve economic growth. Using carbon taxes to ensure our homes leak less energy represents a triple-whammy. This would simultaneously improve the quality of life of millions of people, slash carbon emissions and generate greater economic growth than other measures. Consumers will be paying these taxes through their bills. They can and should feel the benefit. 

‘Fuel poverty leaves millions of households having to cut back on essentials like food and heating to make ends meet. The Government’s current energy efficiency and fuel poverty plans will only touch the tip of this iceberg. However, Government has the opportunity to use the large and stable revenues from carbon taxes to deliver the most breathtaking and transformative energy efficiency scheme that we have ever seen.’ 

The research shows:

  • Lift up to nine out of ten households out of fuel poverty
  • Reduce energy bills in all treated homes by at least £200 per year
  • Cut household energy consumption by 5.4 per cent by 2027
  • Quadruple the impact of the government’s energy savings schemes – Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation
  • Cut overall carbon emissions by 1.1 per cent, including household emissions reduced by around 5.6% by 2027

From next year energy firms through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be urging households to improve their home’s heating and insulation by offering cashback (Green Deal Cashback Scheme). However, the government has predicted that this will only lift 250,000 homes, at most out of fuel poverty.

It has been argued by The Energy Bill Revolution and Consumer Focus that a majority of carbon tax revenue should be put towards energy efficiency schemes. The Jobs, growth and warmer homes report suggests that fuel poverty could be cut by 75% to 87% depending on the level of investment, by using 95% of carbon tax revenue (60% more).

Ed Matthew, Director of the Energy Bill Revolution campaign, said: ‘The Energy Bill Revolution is the biggest fuel poverty alliance that has ever been formed in the UK. We are united by our conviction that there is a financial solution which can end the suffering and generate more jobs than any equivalent investment. This is the Marshall Plan the UK needs to slash the energy bills of the most vulnerable and re-build the economy.’

The government is being urged to carefully look at the research and considered the suggestions made. The report stresses that actions taken in accordance with their suggestions will help to fuel the economic recovery and ‘give vulnerable households ongoing benefits from warmer homes, lower energy bills and better health.’


Claim £130 cashback with the Green Deal Cashback Scheme

Under the new Green Deal Cashback Scheme, households could be eligible to claim £130 cashback when replacing boilers with high efficiency oil fired condensing ones. The government has set aside up to £40 million for this scheme. The aim is to offer more cashback with every home energy improvement.

The government is hoping that the scheme will influence homes to improve their energy efficiency not only by upgrading their heating systems, but also by improving their insulations, front doors and windows. The Green Deal Cashback Scheme will be made available to households in England and Wales from January 28th 2013.


Both owner occupiers and landlords are eligible for the scheme. To qualify for the cashback under the Green Deal Scheme, households must:

  • Undertake a Green Deal assessment – this can be done at any time before the scheme is made available
  • Arrange for the work to be done through Green Deal providers who have registered  with the scheme
  • Pay part of the installation cost

OFTEC is currently offering installers Green Deal registration to allow them to take advantage of the new scheme.

Registered providers can encourage customers to get Green Deal assessments early. This will allow customers to get approval for their Cashback voucher as soon as the scheme opens and before work commences.


The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is a first-come, first-served offer and is limited while funds last. Packages could be worth up to £1000, with £100 cashback offered for loft insulations, £250 for cavity wall insulations and £390 for flat roof insulation. As the scheme is a limited offer, once the £40 million funding has been used, cashback rates could decrease. Up to £125 million has been assigned to the whole scheme.

According to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) “householders can choose to donate some or all of their cashback to a registered charity or community interest company signed up with the scheme.”