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Lightweight blast & fire protection: ContraBlast

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If you are looking for a blast and fire protection system, which combines a lighter weight and a smaller footprint than conventional blast/fire barriers, new ContraBlast® from Advanced Insulation is the ideal solution – offering substantial advantages for both new and retrofit installations.

Benefits of ContraBlast® include a corrosion resistant finish, up to 1.5 bar blast rating, 2 hours jet fire protection, 2 hours hydrocarbon fire protection, increased usable space and of course offering a light weight solution: up to 50% lighter than conventional systems. It is estimated that a weight saving of one tonne on a platform can result in savings of up to $100,000 in the cost of the overall support structure. With return on investment such a key concern, especially in the current market conditions, it is clear that building lighter topside structures is imperative. ContraBlast® can be effectively used in a wide range of applications as Ian Wilcock, Business Development Manager at Advanced Insulation explains: “Applications include platform protection, stairwell protection, escape route protection, DCS protection, control rooms. In fact, anywhere where personnel and critical equipment need to be protected from fire or blast”.

Michael Hasson CEng MIMechE, Senior Principal of MMI Engineering, specialises in the management of man-made and natural hazards across a range of sectors. He has collaborated with Advanced Insulation for some years, and has provided valuable insight into the development of the ContraBlast® protection system. He explains:

“Effective fire and blast barriers remain a central means of hazard mitigation in the major hazards industries, reducing risk to personnel, to the environment and to the facilities themselves. Jet fires, hydrocarbon pool fires and vapour cloud explosions present quite different demands on barriers, which in many instances must be shown to survive a blast, followed by an ensuing fire.”

Conventional offshore fire and blast protection has addressed this requirement with blast walls and doors consisting of either stainless steel or carbon steel, with a core of fire insulation. It is a robust but extremely heavy option, and depending on the specification, can in fact take up a good deal of that extremely precious commodity – space.

Michael continues “As designers we need to find solutions which can be shown to meet the requirements of the most rigorous of surroundings, while integrating into a wide range of structures. The ContraBlast® panel system offers a very versatile and effective solution in meeting the challenge of the topside environment.”

To find out more about out how the ContraBlast® system could benefit your offshore structure watch our video now.

ContraBlast Video