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In fire protection, every second is crucial, especially in high-risk infrastructure buildings, such as power plants. They need fire protection systems that are autonomous and not dependent on unreliable municipal water pumps or electricity supplies. Therefore many industrial buildings have their own water reservoirs with piping and pumps located a fair distance away from the area they are serving to protect.
Providing maximum safety against fire for one of the largest oil drilling facilities in the world, Shell’s FPSO in the Gulf of Mexico, was an extremely challenging task. With drilling up to a depth of up to 9 km and a production rate of 50,000 barrels of oil, the rig is a high-risk fire zone.
The June 2019 explosion at the Philadelphia Refinery was described as being like a nuclear eruption. Fires at refineries are, unfortunately, all too common often taking a tragic toll in human life.
With so many factors to take into account, the selection, sizing, and positioning of valves for fire suppression and protection systems can be a complex and time-consuming task.
Pressure surges can occur in fire protection systems as the result of sudden velocity or flow direction changes such as the quick opening or closing of a valve or the sudden starting or shutting down of a pump.
In our next webinar, we will be reviewing terminology related to the triangle of fire, and focusing on foam agents and equipment used in diverse Oil & Gas onshore and offshore facilities such as chemical plants and petro chemical plants.
Have you heard the terms Local Reset, Remote On-Off, and Remote Reset? How are they connected to deluge valves in fire protection systems? Join our next webinar to learn more about these terms and the differences between them, as well as the design and engineering principles behind each deluge valve configuration type.
Fire is one of the greatest risks oil, gas & petrochemical facilities face on a day-to-day basis. These facilities aim to minimize this risk with fire protection that typically includes a deluge sprinkler system.