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Full Containment Storage Tanks for Oil and Gas: Understanding Vertical vs. Horizontal Designs

Full containment storage tanks are essential for the safe storage of oil and gas in the industry. These tanks are designed to provide a secure and stable environment for storing highly volatile substances, minimizing the risk of leaks or accidents. In this article, we will explore the benefits and drawbacks of vertical and horizontal full containment storage tanks, as well as the factors to consider when choosing a tank.

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Why Vertical Full Containment Storage Tanks are Difficult to Transport

Vertical full containment storage tanks are designed to have a small footprint while maximizing storage capacity, making them a popular choice in the oil and gas industry. However, their tall, narrow design can make them difficult to transport. Because of their height, they require special transportation equipment and may be limited by the height restrictions of bridges or overpasses. This can make it challenging to move vertical tanks between sites or to transport them to new locations.

Why a Horizontal Design Makes it Easier to Transport

Horizontal full containment storage tanks, on the other hand, have a lower profile and wider base, making them easier to transport. Because of their wider base, they have a more stable center of gravity, reducing the risk of tipping during transport. Additionally, horizontal tanks can often be transported on a standard flatbed truck, making them a more cost-effective option for moving between sites or to new locations.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tank

When choosing between a vertical or horizontal full containment storage tank, there are several factors to consider. These include the available space at the storage location, the desired storage capacity, the cost of transportation, and the frequency of transportation needs. While a vertical tank may provide a higher storage capacity in a smaller footprint, it may not be the most practical option if frequent transportation is necessary. Conversely, a horizontal tank may be a better choice if transportation is a frequent need, but it may require more space at the storage location.


In conclusion, the choice between a vertical or horizontal full containment storage tank ultimately comes down to the specific needs and requirements of your oil and gas operation.

At Viro Rentals, we offer a variety of full containment storage tank options to meet the unique needs of your industry. Our team of experts can work with you to determine the best tank design and size for your needs and provide guidance on transportation and installation.

Contact us today to learn more about our full containment storage tanks and to find the right tank for your operation.

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