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Mining and Metals

Operating in mining and metals? Fuel is still one of the biggest overheads for mining and minerals operations

Diesel fuel still powers much of the industry, from the heavy machinery to the generators that are the major power source at remote mining sites.

At an open pit iron ore mine, fuel used in haulage alone makes up about 30 per cent of energy consumption, with other equipment taking up to another 30 per cent.

Fuel Supply, Storage and Security

Top 3 Benefits to a F.E.S. TANK


Quality fuel on site and on demand (24 hrs / 7 days / 365 year)


Safe storage of fuel and hydrocarbons in challenging locations.Mobile drag and drop Installation with plug and play commissioning. Fast and Simple


Robust tank construction with live fuel management monitoring ensuring 24/7 security access

Common mining equipment problems caused by poor fuel quality

In mining, downtime for machine maintenance can cost as much as $550,000 per vehicle per year, without factoring in potential damage caused by contaminated fuel.

If you need replacement parts, it can mean weeks out of action for critical equipment. That’s why it’s essential to treat your fuel as the huge investment it is.

Particulate contamination, water and diesel bugs are all common problems that affect fuel quality and cause critical issues for transport operators.

Diesel bugs grow best in the interface between water and fuel and can spread rapidly, spreading particulates in the fuel and generating corrosive by-products that can cause severe damage to tanks and engines.

Contaminated Fuel

Other operational issues caused by contaminated fuel:
  • Poor starting or failure to start
  • Reduced availability of operational equipment
  • Poor or rough idle, reducing efficiency
  • Increased consumption
  • Excessive smoke and emissions

FES self-bunded fuel tanks help rail logistics operations take control of fuel quality with a range of flexible, secure and easy-to-maintain bulk fuel storage and fuel management solutions.

Tank integrity – meeting environmental requirements for your mining and metals operation

As well as keeping your fuel fresh and stable to ensure your mine site operates at optimum efficiency, you need to keep it contained.

Leaks in tanks or faulty valves and fittings can not only cost you thousands in lost fuel, but could also mean hefty clean-up bills under environmental legislation.

Complying with Australian environmental standards means ensuring your fuel storage is bunded, which can mean major work.

If you’ve built a bund around a tank farm, dealing with rainwater that collects within the contained area is also a critical issue.

The potential of minor fuel spillages into the water means it needs to be properly drained through a tank bund valve so it doesn’t pollute surrounding water sources.

Self-bunded tanks are an increasingly popular solution for the mining and metals industries. They eliminate the need for expensive and inflexible external bunding work and dramatically improve the probability of being able to recover your fuel in a useable condition.

Monitoring fuel use in mining operations

Checking and maintaining tanks regularly can also save you big dollars in the long run.

When the bottom line is critical, every drop counts, which is why many mines have achieved major savings through measures as simple as reducing idling time and unnecessary stopping.

The condition of haulage routes is another key factor in fuel consumption, with dry and hard-packed roads offering the best fuel economy.

Research shows for a mining operation moving 20 million tonnes over a set haulage path, wet conditions will increase diesel use by 820,000-litres.

Tracking fuel consumption and finding out early about any discrepancies or fuel theft can save huge potential losses.

After all, when you’re mining every litre of fuel lost or stolen not only loses you the cost of that litre, but also your fuel tax credits on that amount – and the figures add up quickly.

Modern fuel management systems are helping mining and metals operators monitor tank levels and track consumption down to the individual machine. These systems can feed you information on when fuel reaches critical levels in tanks and on usage by different operators in real time, so you can be easily alerted to any abnormal changes.

Having this information can also help you spot potential tank or equipment maintenance issues early before critical failures lead to an expensive loss of production capacity.

That is why we created our unique range of self bunded fuel storage tanks. We cover all aspects of fuel compliance for mining and minerals operations.


THE BLOC RANGE of tanks are designed for applications where small to medium amounts of fuel storage is required. They are our most popular range because of their compact sizes, flexibility and the ease at which they can be moved or transported.

Below are refuelling examples of a BLOC 4500 Tank for a range of common commercial vehicles.

GRANDE TANKS - 12,000 litres - 68,000 litres

Large efficient fuel storage solutions for operators with lots of equipment using large amounts of fuel annually.

The Grande Tank Range is for the big mining and metals operators that move at scale. Large volumes of fuel required to drive a large fleet of vehicles and heavy equipment. These tanks have a self-contained pump bay that is spec’d out to suit your exact requirements.

These tanks offer a great drag and drop solution with all internal fit-out done off site.

Large-scale mining operations that use tens of thousands of litres of fuel over peak periods are well suited to the GRANDE offering. Remember no underground works required here. Drag and drop. Job done.

Both the BLOC and GRANDE tank range are compatible with multiple fuel types

CUSTOM BUILD TANKS - 1,000 litres - 68,000 litres

Our custom built solutions will  improve your mining operations on the ground and include:

  • Multi-compartment site storage tanks
  • Storage and dispensing for different grades of oil
  • Oil filtration systems for mine sites for improved longevity of oil supplies

We offer a custom ‘design and build’ solution on our entire range of tanks. Whatever your challenge on site, we guarantee to deliver your business operational and financial savings over the long term.

FES Tanks


So confident in our product we are offering a 100% FES manufacturers guarantee across our entire tank range. Your FES TANK is warranted to the original user against defects in workmanship or materials under normal use for a period of 24 months* after purchase date.

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Our industry experts have the knowledge to help you make the most of the fuel that keeps your business running, using the latest in storage and stabilising products and integrated fuel management systems.

Our storage solutions within the mining and metals industries include:

Using Water-finding paste as part of a regular tank maintenance routine. This will help detect water in your fuel supply which can then be drained out before it causes problems like fuel degradation, tank damage or bug growth.

Our Biocide for diesel fuel will help keep your fuel fresh and stable for longer and reduce the potential for damage to critical mining machinery.

Fuel management systems to monitor storage levels, fuel usage and fuel efficiency as well as integrate with other business monitoring systems.

A full range of fuel storage options including our unbeatable, fully-certified self-bunded ‘Drag and Drop’ tanks designed for easy access and maintenance. This extends from a small 1000l tank to large scale multiple unit tank farms powering major mining operations.

About Fuel Equipment Specialists mining fuel tanks

It is rewarding to be part of a company that is making a difference within the resource sector of Australia. Being involved within the mining and metals industries is exciting as these sectors are the ones that drive innovation and design at scale.

We have created both beautiful and practical working solutions for operators who required cost savings through efficient large-scale fuel storage solutions. We can do the same for you…..

Any questions, get in touch

Call me personally on the number below so as we can work through a solution, or send us a message


1300 651 391