Amoco, now owned by British Petroleum (BP), provides bulk gas-tank solutions to residential homes, gas stations and a variety of industrial and commercial uses, including agriculture. All their gas tanks come in a range of standard storage capacities, with standard installation procedures and with an optimum location in the grounds of each property advised, according to BP.
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Amoco gas tanks can be supplied in different standard sizes. Choices range from a half ton to 2 tons in weight, depending on various factors, such as the amount of gas the property will be using and the size and accessibility of the location.
According to BP, the capacity increases as the tank size increases, so a half-ton tank has a 500kg capacity, a 1-ton tank has a 1,000kg capacity and a 2-ton tank has a 2,000kg capacity -- the largest available. Capacity is often measured in litres of gas, so the equivalent litre standards are 1,000, 2,000 and 4,000, respectively.
Diameter, Length and Height
The half-tone tank is 33.3" (845mm) in diameter, 94.5" (2,400mm) long and 43.3" (1,100mm) high. The 1-ton tank is 39.4" (1,000mm) in diameter, 120.0" (3,050mm) long and 51.2" (1,300mm) high and the 2 tonne tank is 47.2" (1,200mm) in diameter, 173.2" (4,400mm) long and 63.0" (1,600mm) high, according to BP.
Size of Base
The concrete bases are, in order of tank size: 106.3" by 55.1" by 3.9" (2,700mm length by 1,400mm width by 100mm depth); 130.0" by 55.1" by 3.9" (3,300mm by 1,400mm by 100mm) and 181.1" by 55.1" by 5.9" (4,600mm by 1,400mm by 150mm).
The tank must be installed according to standard physical clearances and it needs to safely accessible for when the fuel tanker drives up to your home. BP explain that a 1,000- or 2,000-liter vessel must be at least 3 meters from the boundary of your property and at least 3 meters from the edge of any buildings on your land. A 4,000-liter vessel must be at least 7.5 meters from any structure, including the boundary. This takes into account safety, accessibility and to some extent, aesthetics, although a personalised site inspection by a qualified engineer from the company will tailor the installation process to your specific household and individual requirements.
Type of Gas
BP uses "Autogas", butane and propane, according to its website. "Autogas" is specifically for the purpose of motor vehicles, but butane and propane can both be used in the home.
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