The offshore industry works with confidence at hundreds of miles offshore in extremely hazardous conditions to both personnel and fixed assets. The need for fire and gas detection technology that can protect these personnel and assets is imperative to support safe, effective and efficient operations.
MGH Offshore Limited, an electrical engineering solutions company with a dedicated fire and gas safety division that specialises in the automation of technology into offshore assets, discusses the importance of automating this technology and how, through the strategic integration, long term advantages can be gained through one detection solution that works harmoniously across the intricacies of a whole asset.
In this article Jack Simpson, Director of Fire & Gas Protection at MGH Offshore Limited, explains how the business is meeting the challenges of providing automated fire and gas control detection systems on assets across the globe. He also discusses how innovative automation technologies and systems are being pioneered by the company to protect assets and individuals on projects.
Technological advances in fire and gas control detection
As more specialised assets spread ever further offshore, the sector faces the ongoing challenge of ensuring it protects these assets and those working on them. As operations move into deeper waters and further offshore, advances in automated fire and gas control detection technology have become more critical to ensure assets and people always remain safe. Increasing, personnel and assets are required to be monitored continuously from one central point, needing to be integrated with several operational units, performing intuitively and safely and isolating any incident, ultimately preventing and stopping any spread.
At MGH Offshore, the fire and gas control detection system has been specifically designed to provide automated, integrated and highly responsive technology that will be deployed on assets across the globe, providing protection to people and property.
MGH Offshore Ltd has developed a fully automated, fire and gas control detection suppression system unique to the industry which links all systems on an offshore asset to the detection system. As such, the automated technology enables the integration of every part of an offshore asset including HVAC, CCTV, public address systems, door and access points to be connected to the system including third party systems.
Developed to provide owner operators with an enhanced fire and gas detection solution, the MGH Offshore system will bring to the market a technology that can detect, isolate and suppress fire and gas leaks from one source.
Through this single automated platform, the programmable, logic, controller (PLC) will send an alert to the SCADA system in real time, initiate live cameras showing the exact location of the incident, activate a platform alarm relevant to the actual location and initiate the use of the fire suppression agent with pinpoint accuracy.
The automated fire and gas detection technology will initiate five mitigations as opposed to the more traditional non-automated system. These mitigations include:
- An immediate SCADA communication.
- Shutdown of associated HVAC units.
- The initiation of live cameras showing the exact fire location.
- An alarm activation in the exact proximity of the incident.
- The immediate activation of a suppression agent.
With members of the MGH Offshore team certified as National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) specialists, this brings a depth of knowledge within fire and gas suppression. This unique skill set proved fundamental in the design of the MGH Offshore based fire detection suppression system.
The team’s skill set, depth of knowledge, and ability to support OEM’s at any stage – from design and installation to operation and maintenance, commissioning and auditing – has meant that operators across the globe have benefitted from the reassurance of a system able to detect, mitigate and respond to incidents where traditional methods might not do so rapidly.
Delivering a responsive, rapid and mitigating solution from one system utilising this automated fire and gas detection system, OEMs can be reassured of a remotely and automated system that will supress an incident on outbreak – communicating immediately with established SCADA systems.
Read the article online at: https://www.oilfieldtechnology.com/offshore-and-subsea/24082023/mgh-offshore-limited-discusses-importance-of-technology-in-combination-with-offshore-assets/
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