No matter what your construction project is, you’ll have to plan before you start work. Otherwise, the results could be disastrous. At the very least, you must define what you are trying to achieve, and decide which contractor to work with. Before you embark on your petroleum construction project, here’s what to consider at the very minimum.
Determine your needs
First, consider the scale. Think about your current needs but also imagine how those needs could change down the road. Nothing is worse than executing a project and then realizing something down the road will call for major adjustments to the finished product or a complete redo. This is especially true for projects involving fuel as the special precautions and additional care that must go into the design for safety reasons adds a whole new dimension to the project to contend with.
Next, take a realistic look at your budget. In a perfect world, everything would come in under budget, but things happen and you may end up spending more than you wanted to. Be realistic about your budget and what you can afford to weather; this will help guide some of your decisions during the planning stages of your project.
Settle the location
You can store your petroleum products below the ground or above the ground, so you’ll need to decide which way to go. In reality, the right choice will depend on a lot of factors. For example, the amount of space you have available and the ordinances and local regulations that apply to you will all play a role in the construction location. If you’re short on space, for example, going with a below-ground installation might make the most sense.
Of course, as with your planning stage, don’t forget to think about both present and future needs. It’s easier and less costly to have an underground tank that is bigger than you need right now for future expansion. It’s harder and more expensive to have to replace a smaller tank with a bigger one later or bring in another one to make up the difference.
Find a professional partner
After you’ve got a basic outline for your project that covers all of your bases, it’s time to find a professional fuel construction company to get your project going. Go with a company that has experience in the type of project you have in mind. An experienced company will have additional knowledge that you will benefit from. They’re familiar with the types of ordinances and regulations your project has to follow, and they’re aware of the potential issues and snags that could pop up.
Perhaps even more invaluably, your partner will review your initial plans and spot things you may have missed. From violations to environmental threats, many things can go wrong with a fuel construction project, so it’s wise to work with a professional company to avoid these potential problems.