Fuel Containers: 200L barrels to 36,000L tankers

Fuel containers come in various sizes and types, each designed to cater to different needs in the industry. From small 200 litre barrels to massive 36,000 litre tankers, these fuel containers play a vital role in the storage and transportation of fuels. In this blog, we will explore the different sizes and types of fuel containers and their uses.

200 Litre Barrels

Starting with the smallest option, the 200 litre barrel is a commonly used fuel container for small-scale operations. These barrels are typically made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) or steel and are portable enough to be easily transported. They are commonly used for storing and transporting fuel for generators, small equipment, and vehicles in industries like construction, farming, and remote locations where access to fuel stations may be limited.

1,000 Litre Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC)

Intermediate Bulk Containers, also known as IBCs, are a popular choice for storing and transporting larger quantities of fuel. These containers have a capacity of around 1,000 litres and are made of materials like HDPE or galvanized steel. IBCs come with either a built-in pallet or a cage for convenient handling and transportation. They are commonly used in industries that require a medium-sized fuel storage solution, such as agriculture, manufacturing, and construction.

10,000 Litre Tank Container

For larger fuel storage needs, the 10,000 litre tank container is a suitable option. These containers are made of steel and feature a double wall design with insulation for enhanced safety and durability. Tank containers are commonly used for long-distance transportation of fuel via road, rail, or sea. They are equipped with specialised fittings for easy loading and unloading of fuel, making them ideal for fuel distributors, large-scale construction projects, and remote mining operations.

36,000 Litre Tanker Trucks

At the top end of the size spectrum, we have the 36,000 litre tanker trucks. These massive fuel containers are specifically designed for bulk fuel transportation on highways. Tanker trucks are usually made of aluminum or steel and have multiple compartments to transport different types of fuel simultaneously. They are equipped with pumping systems and safety features such as rollover protection to ensure secure and efficient fuel delivery. These tankers are a common sight on highways, serving industries like logistics, fuel distribution, and aviation. 


At Compass Fuel Oils we provide anything from 200 litre barrels to 36,000 litre tankers, the size and type of fuel containers vary according to the specific needs of various industries. Whether it’s for a small-scale operation or the large-scale transportation of fuel, there is a container available to suit every requirement. It is crucial to choose the right container based on factors such as storage capacity, portability, and safety features to ensure the efficient and secure storage and transportation of fuel. 

For a quote or advice speak to one of our experts on 0330 128 9838 or email us on sales@compassfuel.co.uk