Underground Tank Removal Service


Service Overview

Tank removal is very much at the heart of our operation. We can offer tank removal services to commercial customers across the country.

As with any of our services, a tank removal quote will be tailored to your requirements, as no two jobs are the same. Please see below the section on obtaining a quotation.

We can safely and efficiently remove large scale fuel and oil tanks from basements, excavate underground tanks, lift and transport above ground tanks, through to small workshop tanks.

Underground Fuel Tank Removal

Obtaining a Quotation

In order for us to provide a quotation, we simply need to gather a few pieces of information to allow us to assess your tank removal needs. Of course, please feel free to make an initial call as we can often give you a budget figure based on our experience.

With that information, we can gain an immediate picture of your requirements, and often get a quotation back to you very quickly. The quotation will set out the work required to remove your tank, along with details of any documentation that we’ll issue to you, authorities that will be notified by us and caveats that may be required.


A Safety First Approach

With a safe system of work in place and the correct equipment, we can carry out your tank removal safely and efficiently, often with minimal disruption to businesses or households and always with a great end result. Every tank removal job is different, that is why we’ll produce a tailored proposal and safe system of work to suit your needs.

All of our work is carried out by our own in-house team, we never subcontract our work and one of our team will be there to answer your questions both before, during and after the tank removal process.

If you would like to discuss your tank removal requirements with one of our experienced engineers, please feel free to call us on 01132 635163, email [email protected] or fill out our enquiry form here.


Underground Fuel Tank Removal Services

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. 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.


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 [email protected] 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.

Tank removal


For over 40 years we have been offering safe, reliable and cost effective petrol or diesel tank cleaning, oil tank cleaning, oil, diesel and petrol 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.


As you can imagine all underground tank removal jobs are different. Single smaller tanks can sometimes be cleaned and removed in a single day, however multiple tanks, particularly when set in concrete can take up to a week to remove. 

If your tank has contained petrol, the local petroleum licensing authority should always be made aware of any proposed works. At JWH Tanks, part of the preparation work for any underground tank removal would be to submit our safe system of work to all stakeholders for the correct approvals.

If you are never going to use a tank again, removal is always the best option. Accompanied by some soil testing and ground validation, you can then rest assured that any future expense has been negated. Our team will always offer as much assistance as possible through the decision making process, giving you all the options to enable you to make an informed decision.

Our Accreditations

Underground Tank Removal

This case study looks at a recent underground tank removal that encompassed a number of our services, as the site was not only very small, but had additional live tanks that didn’t require removal.

The site consisted of a triple compartment tank that was redundant, with an additional petrol tank that was still in use. The redundant tank was situated directly underneath the canopy and in close proximity to the kiosk.

Our underground tank removal team were contacted to advise on the safest and most cost-effective method of removing the redundant underground tank. Underground tank removal has been at the heart of our operation for many years. This experience proved pivotal as we were able to develop and implement a plan that ensured safe removal of the redundant tank without having to either remove the canopy or disturb the adjacent kiosk. Initial suggestions were to water fill the petrol tank, however, for such a short duration task, this would be both costly, and generate large quantities of additional waste.

The decision was made to open and clean the petrol tank internally, thus allowing a gas-free certificate to be issued. A safe system of work was developed and submitted to the local petroleum officer for approval. With all the correct approvals in place, work on the underground tank removal began with the internal cleaning of both the petrol and the redundant triple compartment tank. With all petrol removed from site, and all tanks under a gas-free certificate, excavation works could begin to expose the tank scheduled for removal.

nderground tank removal can regularly involve creating large excavations in order to remove the tanks from the ground. However, the proximity of the kiosk and canopy were preventing this, so the tank removal was carried out in sections. The top was removed from the tank, thus exposing the main body of the tank. This section could then be removed in pieces, resulting in minimal disruption of the surrounding area.

Upon completion of the underground tank removal, all relevant documentation was issued to the client. The excavation was handed back over as required to allow soil sampling to be carried out and the area validated in preparation for backfill. If you would like any further information relating to underground tank removal, please feel free to call directly on 01132635163, email [email protected] or fill out our contact form here.

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