Barrier exports lp gas storage passive fire protection expertise

Barrier Fire Protection, part of Barrier Group, has carried out passive fire protection to a 15 metre diameter lp gas storage sphere at a facility operated by Deutsche Infineum in Germany.

A team of 10 experienced applicators were mobilised from the UK to undertake the four week long project in Cologne. Utilising specialist Hydro-Cat spraying equipment, a highly durable epoxy with a 90 minute hydrocarbon fire rating was applied to the exterior of the sphere and its support structure during a planned maintenance programme at the refinery.

Barrier Fire Protection was formed in 1990 to carry out passive fire protection to the BP Miller Oil Platform in the North Sea and has since applied thousands of tonnes of epoxy intumescents to structural steel, vessels and pipework, including more than 50 lpg storage spheres.

David Shaw, director at Barrier Fire Protection, said: “The project is a particular area of expertise for Barrier Fire Protection, building on our extensive offshore and onshore experience working in hazardous locations. Securing this contract in a competitive tender process highlights the regard in which UK skills are held in Europe.”

Robert Bowles, chairman of Barrier Group, said: “The commitment to health and safety combined with the skills and expertise of the UK supply chain is highly respected by international companies. It supports our ability to export our technologies and services to locations, such as Germany, that require the efficient and safe delivery of maintenance projects.”

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