WELLSITE FIRE PROTECTION UNITS
Fire Protection for Land-based Oil & Gas Facilities
MITIGATION OF CLASS A, B HYDROCARBON FIRE HAZARDS
Operating philosophy regarding fire prevention, fire protection, fire control, and fire fighting on offshore wellsite facilities has long been a major component of standard procedure. In efforts to drive adoption of elevated standards to Land-based facilities, effective rapid response capabilities for on-site personnel are required.
Adhering to minimal compliance-based fire protection capabilities forces land operator reliance on city or regional fire departments for first response, additionally, who often do not have the proper equipment in their fleet to effectively fight advanced-stage fires at the well pad.
All land production facility operations should place high priority in implementing the proper tools and procedures to prevent the conversion of initial hazards to advanced-stage fires. A HAZID assessment is recommended be conducted (per site) to identify fire risks that compromise personnel safety and all assets of the site operation. On the well pad, the highest risk areas are often fluid lines and frac tank storage units. Deployment of mobile self-contained fire fighting systems should be strategically positioned to cover these areas prior to start up.
All facilities should be equipped with high capacity, high output fire systems charged with the proper foam agent designed specifically for hydrocarbons and flammable liquids (Class B). Compressed Air Foam (CAF) has proven to be the dominate agent for this application as it provides the highest expansion ratio when aspirated from the proper delivery system. CAF attacks all sides of the fire tetrahedron by smothering the fire with a “foam blanket”, preventing oxygen from combining with fuel. It diminishes heat by insulation (using the trapped air within the bubble structure) reflecting radiant heat. This prevents additional fuel from reacting with the fire by providing a barrier, disrupting the chemical reaction required for fire to continue. In large hydrocarbon spills, water has proven to be virtually ineffective requiring the need for these characteristics.
Delivery systems refer to the method used to dispense the compressed air foam. The following Burner Fire Control systems utilize compressed air or nitrogen rather than pressurized air via an external power air compressor. The result is a completely mobile and self-contained Unit, requiring no external resources to actuate or discharge the system. Units can additionally be quickly recharged to respond to additional hazards.
Burner Fire Control currently operates in the majority of major Basin’s in the U.S. and globally deployable to all onshore and offshore facilities. Please contact us at 1-800-864-4073 or www.burnerfire.com for additional equipment information or to schedule a site survey.