Vapour recovery testing

Our top-notch Vapour Recovery service reduces risks for thousands of petrol stations

Why do I need a Vapour Recovery service?

  • Your business remains legally compliant and environmentally responsible
  • Heavy fines for non-observance of testing rules are avoided
  • You protect customers, staff and the public from serious threats to health
  • We maximise profitability by reclaiming your products
  • Business disruption and stoppages are prevented
  • Your risks of a criminal record and civil claims are all but eliminated
  • We safeguard your business assets, good reputation and insurance record

Why Adler and Allan?

  • Our people and processes protect the UK’s fuel sector and save it millions of pounds a year
  • We have the world’s leading vapour recovery system equipment and tech
  • Our national network of engineers boasts hundreds of years’ experience
  • The experts test the filling stations of nearly all UK major petrol retailers and major multiples
  • We help more than 3,000 customers annually assure the integrity of their systems
  • Our nationwide structure and total service gives customers financial and time savings

Returning your petrol to tanks

A vapour recovery system is used to recover petrol vapours, preventing their escape into the atmosphere from filling stations. We test that these pipe/hose units are working properly, while our unique vapour recovery refiner can be used to return emissions as liquid fuel to the tank, saving retailers thousands of pounds a year.

Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in petrol evaporate in storage tanks and are displaced by incoming fuel from a road tanker. Unless contained, the VOC emissions disperse into the surrounding environment, where they might cause an explosion. Their carcinogens also pose a major public health risk while the vapour released might also cause dizziness, drowsiness and headaches and produce smog.  

Did you know...

Sites that sell more than three million litres of fuel a year

By law, all sites that sell more than three million litres of fuel a year (85% of all UK petrol stations), must have a vapour recovery system. In addition, these are required to be tested annually. Regulated by Defra, the periodic inspection follows a three-year cycle of two annual visual tests, followed by a full integrity test. This involves checking that the recovery system’s underground and above ground pipework is airtight and we are one of the few companies that can carry out this procedure with mobile kit.

The number one choice

Our pioneering Leyton O’Brien testing system confirms whether there is vapour loss and water ingress anywhere in the pipework, that valves are set to the right pressures and all signage is clear and where it should be. Our integrity-testing technology is the best in the world and this standard, coupled with our nationwide coverage, makes us the number one choice for the oil companies, major multiples and blue chips.

As the fuel infrastructure maintenance contractor at most premises we test, any cracks, weak points and defects in the piping and other system failures are invariably identified and put right promptly between tests anyway. Our overall package includes remediation, parts replacement and testing of other site areas, such as storage tanks. This total service has grown our of longstanding working relationships and a hard-won reputation, which is underpinned by our consultancy ethos.

Top talent for top equipment

Every engineer must be trained for six months by a team leader before they can be accredited to operate the LOB equipment. Each also has a UK PIA safety passport to work on any forecourt, as well individual companies’ permits – which usually exceed statutory demands.

Our specialists have all been with us for fifteen years or longer and are supported by former engineers. The team is backed by a wider national group of hundreds of environmental risk reduction and protection experts, that boasts more than 5,000 degree qualifications or higher.

Supporting the fuel industry

We are a leading member of the Association for Petroleum & Explosives Administration, which includes regulators, national and local authorities, oil companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, service and installation companies and training providers. Always supportive of independent fuel retailers, who account for 70% of all UK forecourts, we are also proud to be a member of the Petrol Retailers Association.