Energy Institute Service Station Panel
Two new pieces of guidance are being produced by the panel and will soon be available for wider industry consultation. The first of these is The inspection and Testing of Safety Critical Equipment, which will provide site operators with essential advice on the level of maintenance necessary to keep their facilities safe and compliant with legal requirements. It will also be of value to PEIMF members who provide their services to forecourt operators following these guidelines. Copies of this draft are available to members by contacting PEIMF Technical Officer, for consultation purposes, but should not be circulated until the guidance is published in its final version.
The second of these two pieces of work is the Biofuel Updated guidance to accommodate the higher grades of biofuel E10 and B10. Not only will this consider additional recommendations for the storage and dispensing of these higher grades, it will also incorporate the lessons learned and experience gained from the storage of the lower grades during the last few years.
HSE Consultation 264 on the changes to Petroleum Legislation
The consultation period on the proposed changes to the petroleum legislation ended on the 7th February and PEIMF presented a comprehensive response on behalf of its members. HSE have now recently published its own response to the consultation feedback and this contains the decisions taken in respect of those comments and an outline of what the new legal framework will look like. These are the timescales for the process of change.
– Regulations are on track to be laid in Parliament during June 2014
– These will be subject to scrutiny by Government Committees
– Regulations scheduled to come into force on 1st October 2014
The following lists the petroleum legislation that will be revoked at the same time
• Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928
• The Petroleum Spirit (Motor Vehicles, etc) Regulations 1929
• The Petroleum (Mixtures) Order 1929
• Petroleum (Transfer of Licenses) Act 1936
• The Petroleum (Liquid Methane) Order 1957
• The Petroleum (Regulation) Acts 1928 and 1936 (Repeals and Modifications) Regulations 1974
• The Petroleum (Consolidation) Act 1928 (Enforcement) Regulations 1979
• The Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982
At the same time the following two Approved Codes of Practice will be withdrawn:
• COP6 – Petroleum-Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982. Requirements for testing and marking.
• L93 – Approved tank requirements. The provisions for bottom loading and vapour recovery systems of mobile containers carrying petrol
The Approved Code of Practice L133 ‘Unloading Petrol from Road Tankers’ is being reviewed and updated and the revised version is expected to be published by the end of 2014.
The requirement for a petroleum licence will cease with the repeal of the Petroleum Consolidation Act 1928 and instead each site will be issued with a Petroleum Storage Certificate which will contain the approved arrangements for storage. Unlike a licence, the storage certificate will not need to be renewed and only if material changes are made to the approved arrangements, will a new certificate be needed.
The following link will take you to the full summary of responses
Oil Care Committee
The Committee is currently planning to hold a Twentieth Year Anniversary conference. The most likely timing of this will be in June 2015. Sponsorship will be invited and stand space will be available for circa £400-500. This will be an opportunity for PEIMF members to get involved, demonstrate their commitment to good environmental practice and gain essential publicity for their services. It might also be an opportunity for PEIMF to publicise its influence in the petroleum market and benefits of membership.