FireMaster® Passive Fire Protection systems for the Offshore and FPSO industry provide hydrocarbon and jet fire protection to structures and process equipment with benefits such as low weight, good acoustic/thermal insulation and ease of installation.
The offshore and FPSO industries present one of the toughest environments for fire insulation systems. Hydrocarbon products burn faster and to a higher temperature than materials commonly found in buildings. Fire insulation materials used must be high-temperature resistant and immune from 'thermal shock'.
Offshore platforms and FPSO, the risk of an explosion and subsequent hydrocarbon fire is well known following the Piper Alpha fire in 1988. Ignition of leaking gas under pressure results in an impinging jet fire with high velocity and heat flux. Fire insulation systems are expected to be designed to resist high-temperature, blast overpressure and the high velocities of impinging flame.
Bulkhead and Deck Insulation Systems
The design of many offshore platforms requires the provision large accommodation facilities. These require extensive fire, thermal and acoustic insulation. Excessive topside weight on an offshore platform can create large capital cost due to the need for a larger support structure or expensive lifting equipment. One of the greatest weight saving opportunities identified for heavy topsides is the use of lighter insulation materials.
- On one project using FireMaster lightweight fire insulation materials in place of heavier mineral wool, savings of more than 20 tonnes were identified.
- Our bulkhead and deck systems are certified with DNV for fire insulation from A15 up to H120 standard and met required thermal and acoustic insulation levels.
Process Equipment, Valve and Actuator Protection Systems
Process plant equipment such as process vessels, piping, flange connections, valves and actuators need to be fire insulated to maintain their structural integrity during a fire. Loss of integrity can cause leakage of hydrocarbons adding fuel load to an existing fire. In the case of an actuator, failure to shut down a critical process can cause a secondary fire and explosion. The systems offer high levels of fire insulation with effective cost or low weight contribution.
Our FireMaster Passive Fire Protection solutions provide a variety of systems based on our 1200°C resistant FireMaster Marine Plus insulation for protection of flanges, valves, actuators, piping and vessels against both hydrocarbon and jet fires.
It is also easy to remove if extra cables are retrofitted.
If you are interested in utilising FireMaster Passive Fire Protection products in your offshore or FPSO application, please get in touch.