Off Shore

Fire protection systems in the Power Generation Sector are more often replacement systems than new installations due to the length of useful life of a power station and the changing technology and regulations governing fire alarm systems.  New technologies offer either more information about systems, operate faster, more efficiently and safer than before, or pose less risk to the environment.

The Montreal Protocol of 1993 banned the production of Halon in all developed countries and lead to the end of its general use by the end of 2002 (in the UK), due to its damaging effect on the ozone layer in the atmosphere. Halon is and effective and efficient fire suppressant, but alternative chemical compounds were developed as replacements.

Clean Halocarbon Gasses generally described as hydrofluorocarbon and perfluorocardbons are sold under various trade names that offer the desired characteristics of being electrically non-conductive and leaving no residue. Inert Gasses such as nitrogen, argon and carbon dioxide and combinations of these also offer alternatives and all have characteristics that need to be borne in mind in the specific application or installation.

The use of watermist is now widely used in this industry and is distinctly different to a sprinkler system.

The New Energy sector, encompassing renewable energy sources, generally comprises of smaller generating systems spread in a decentralised manner and present new fire system requirements.  In the case of wind power generation, the wind turbines require smaller individual systems installed in a compact enclosure and are governed by Marine Approvals.