The PTMAA often learns of storage tanks which are intended to be moved around on a particular job site or to another location all together. The Fire Code exempts tanks on "isolated construction projects." "Such tanks may include isolated construction sites and earth-moving projects, road building, forestation, and fire-fighting base camps. Such tanks would also not have to be registered with the PTMAA. The Fire Code does not define "temporary" in terms of time. Tanks do not have to be registered if it's known the tank would not be used for more than one year. The PTMAA applies the one-year maximum for temporary construction projects, as well.

Having a "temporary" facility does not mean you are permitted to operate a less-safe facility. Companies that install temporary fueling for their construction, mining, forestry site, etc., are likely to use a double-walled storage tank. Farm tanks on stands are not permitted by the Fire Code and strongly discouraged from use within any business sector. According to the Fire Code, the design and location of the storage tank system should include requirements such as appropriate construction standards, provisions for secondary containment, devices to prevent spillage during tank and equipment filling, fire extinguishers, and collision protection acceptable to the authority having jurisdiction.

It is unrealistic to expect a temporary tank to be installed on a cement pad but the foundation would obviously have to support a full tank's weight. It's not expected that a temporary construction tank would be installed with emergency shutdown capabilities away from the dispensing area. Where equipment and vehicles are being fueled, it should be anticipated that there will be fuel spills so a clay material should be compacted to prevent spilled product from getting off-site or to the groundwater. Hose retractors should be installed and maintained to prevent hoses from getting driven over or ripped off. The tank and dispenser should be protected from being hit by heavy equipment using jersey barriers that can be easily re-located. The tank contents should be clearly indicated and there should be a 40BC fire extinguisher at the tank site.  More information is available pdf here (267 KB) .

Another common inquiry is with respect to mobile fuel tanks. These tanks are mounted on a trailer and pulled to equipment needing to be refueled. Mobile tanks are not governed by the Fire Code. The relevant legislation for these tanks is the Dangerous Goods Transportation & Handling Regulation. For guidance for mobile fuel tanks inquire with Alberta Transportation.