underground fuel tank removal
Underground Fuel Tank Removal


Underground Fuel Tank Removal Services

Our underground fuel tank removal services can look after the entire process, giving you peace of mind that the job is being handled correctly. Upon receipt of a purchase order, the process for your underground fuel tank removal will be looked after by our own team. We will contact your local petroleum licensing authority directly (if working with petrol), to inform them of the proposed work, and to submit the relevant documentation for approval.

As mentioned in our underground fuel tank cleaning section, we have the ability to ensure your fuel tanks are completely clean and gas free, prior to any underground fuel tank removal taking place.

If your underground tanks are being excavated, we use a network of accredited machine operators to excavate the tanks, whilst they remain under a gas free certificate and our direct supervision. We operate a safe excavation policy when removing underground tanks, with no digging being undertaken until all underground services have been identified and isolated if required.

We also have the ability to carry out an underground fuel tank removal from hard to reach places, or when sites have been built on after the tanks were installed. Our cutting methods allow underground fuel tanks to be removed in pieces, vastly reducing the size of the excavation required.

Safety is paramount on our sites, we always ensure the area is securely fenced to prevent any unauthorised entry. Although underground fuel tank removal can be intrusive, we will always work tirelessly to ensure the impact on our client is minimal.

Although we don’t directly get involved in soil remediation, we have a close relationship with a number of remediation specialists who can advise on soil testing and contamination removal following the excavation of a fuel or oil tank.

Additional Underground Fuel Tank Decommissioning Services.

Our additional underground fuel tank decommissioning services can help when removal of your tanks is not an option. Concrete and foam filling options are both available, in your initial enquiry, we can discuss all options to decide on the method that suits you best.

Call us now on 01132 635163 and speak directly to one of our experienced operatives, email enquiries@jwhtanks.co.uk or simply drop us a line.

For your peace of mind, we are members of both the Petroleum Equipment Installers and Maintenance Federation (PEIMF), along with The Association for Petroleum and Explosives Administration (APEA). All of our forecourt work is subject to approval and supervision from local Petroleum Licensing Authorities.

Click HERE for a link to the PEIMF website.

Click HERE for a link to the APEA website.


For over 40 years we have been offering safe, reliable and cost effective petrol or diesel tank cleaning, petrol or diesel tank removal and tank disposal nationwide. Attracting a wide spectrum of clients from The Armed Services and Local Authorities, to the Construction Industry, Independent Petroleum Retailers and Domestic Households.

  • 40 years experience
  • Reliable and cost effective
  • In-house team
  • The highest standards
  • On Time and on Budget
  • Real Focus on Customer Satisfaction


  • How are underground petrol and diesel tanks removed?

    The process used to remove underground tanks really depends on the size of the tank and the amount of space surrounding it. All tanks are cleaned and placed under gas free certification prior to any excavation works. From there we can either excavate the tank whole, or expose the tank and cut it from the ground in sections. In either scenario, our safe system of work will be submitted to both our customer, and the local petroleum safety officer for approval prior to commencing works.

  • What happens to the ground around the tank?

    If you require ground remediation following a tank removal, we have a network of contamination specialists that can advise you on how to proceed, provide soil sampling and contamination removal.


  • How much disruption does removing an underground fuel tank cause?

    The size of the excavation will depend on the size and location of the tank and the method employed. For larger tanks, cutting them from the ground can significantly reduce the size of the excavation required, often allowing a customer sufficient space to minimise the impact on their business. Excavations are always safely fenced off, usually allowing businesses to proceed with their day to day activities.