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Passive fire protection plays a critical role in structural integrity and facility insurance.
Southey Contracting is experienced in the use of practical and affordable protection systems.
The existence of various flammable liquid and other byproducts present (and in daily use) at refineries, petrochemical companies, oil and gas facilities and the like call for a clear, consistent and well- executed project plan to deal with industrial fireproofing requirements.
There are many elements such as steel support structures, refinement vessels, pipe racks and other constructions that could suffer massive damage during a fire.
The problem with facility management in relation to fireproofing is that once the initial job’s been done there is often little follow up work in this regard. Facilities change ownership or key staff move on and very quickly you find a situation where a proper assessment has not been done in some time.
With refinery fires known to reach temperatures exceeding 1,000°C (a temperature hot enough to melt structural steel alloy) fact is that ongoing passive fire protection techniques are needed to insulate steel and concrete structures against the harmful effects of fire.
“By combining our insulation capabilities with our complimentary scaffolding services we can assure safety, reliability and cost-effective performance”
MALCOM MOUNTFORD, Southey Contracting HEAD OF FIREPROOFING
With over 60 years’ experience in the delivery of safe and reliable services (and a 0% incident rate) Southey Contracting has the specialist skills, equipment and techniques to guarantee the very best protection systems, including the following applications:
- Structural steel to keep it Structural steel to keep it below critical temperature (540°C)
- Electrical circuits to be kept below the critical temperature (140°C)
- Liquefied petroleum tanks to prevent explosion from evaporation after boiling
- Vessel skirts and pipe bridges in oil refineries and chemical plants to protect steel and concrete
- Concrete lining of traffic tunnels
Southey makes use of high performance; certification-listed fireproofing products and systems, both cementitious (plasters) and intumescent (chars).
Typical substances used are:
Lightweight vermiculite coating, spray applied | Modified epoxy intumescent coatings, brush or spray applied | Carbon fibre Kevlar mesh and plaster, trowel applied.
Some of the critical projects tackled by Southey include a polar research station for Antarctica and numerous oil rigs.
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Standards, Accreditations & Safety
In addition to the usual safety, environmental and quality accreditations you may find some additional technical information of Southey Contracting’s TSA service useful, such as: 30-40 years CUI Protection, zero environmental or schedule impact, high resistance to mechanical abuse, no limited to application temperature, protection in cyclical service and 480°C upper continuous operating temperature – to name but a few.
As mentioned, Southey Contracting holds all relevant accreditations, including: