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Mitigating explosion risk at petrochemical plants

Dec 06, 2023Dec 06, 2023

FIRE protection is a major challenge in chemical and petrochemical production: Many highly flammable substances are processed with varying risks of fire hazards and explosive potential. In older facilities, different fire protection standards were implemented, depending on the age of the chemical plant. No matter if a monitor or a sprinkler system is used: foam is often the preferred system of choice.

Goods to be protected:

Requirements to the extinguishing technology

Three areas at petrochemical plants require special protection:

Stationary proportioners for efficient firefighting with foam

The operating principle of the stationary FireDos proportioners is purely mechanical as they are driven solely by the flow of extinguishing water. This allows installing the equipment at a safe distance from risk areas, i.e., in the vicinity of the extinguishing water tanks. Furthermore, FireDos proportioners can deliver premix over large distances with high flow rates thanks to the low-pressure loss.

Long-life monitors with maximum reach

In Petrochemical production areas, fixed monitors or deluge systems are used. Monitors provide advantages as they can be more cost-effective as pipework is minimised. A monitor's nozzle is decisive in the success of extinguishing regardless of wind conditions.

Thanks to the flow-optimized Oval Flat Design of the FireDos monitors, pressure loss through the monitor is minimal, allowing the monitors to achieve the greatest reach. In addition, FireDos monitors are manufactured in seawater-resistant materials and can be used as ATEX versions in areas of explosion risks.

All FireDos monitors can be manually operated or using remote control.

Mobile extinguishing technology for flexible use

Factory fire brigades at petrochemical plants increasingly use mobile extinguishing units such as fire trailers that are versatile and flexible in use as back up to fixed systems. Fire trailers are designed for rapid deployment and are simple to operate. Equipped with a proportioner, monitor or a combination of both, fire trailers help to reduce the demand for personnel in a risk area.

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