Detailed internal risk assessment (HAZOP) of the South Oil Company tank farm showed that their manually activated fixed foam systems provided inadequate protection in case of a fire. The time to activate the current fire system would take too long and could result in uncontrollable fire scenarios. To cover this risk, we installed a fire protection gas based system that detects and extinguishes a fire within a few seconds: CFI Rim Seal Fire Protection System.
An automatic detection and gas based extinguishing system was chosen that is specifically designed and certified for such rim seal fires: CFI Rim Seal Fire Protection. The extremely hot temperatures at site during the summer do not impact the CF3I gas shelf life time, making this a very suitable extinguishing medium. The system design enables detection and extinguishment within seconds, when the fire is still very small. The system is modular and mounted on existing tanks, on top of the floating ponton, without the need for any welding or hot work at site.
Together with our certified local Iraqi partner Uruk, specific tank details at site have been incorporated into the final design and production at our factory. The modular build of the units enabled easy installation: plug and play, on ‘live tanks’ filled with flammable products without the need for modifications to the tanks.