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Clearwater Fire Solutions launches dry deluge testing technology to UKCS

04 March 2015

Aberdeen-based specialist provider of onshore and offshore deluge flow assurance services, Clearwater Fire Solutions, announced on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 it has launched patented dry deluge testing technology, Siron Dry Deluge, to the UKCS in an exclusive partnership with Dutch fire protection equipment firm Siron. 

The technology, which is the only dry smoke fire deluge testing service offered in the UK market, is set to dramatically cut the frequency of mandatory wet testing while presenting significant cost savings. The ease of testing means that Siron Dry Deluge Testing (DDT) can be conducted whilst live and online without disruption, preventing the need for operational shutdown, while also allowing for ‘on the spot’ repair work to be conducted.

Lee Morgan, Director at Clearwater Fire Solutions comments, “Any increased frequency of wet testing currently presents operators with a multitude of challenges long-term where accelerated corrosion, salt crusting or growth of organisms in flow pipework occurs, subsequently exacerbating the issue of deluge nozzle blockages. With dry deluge smoke testing, an inert pressurised smoke travels through the deluge system and allows us to visually identify the system or nozzle blockages instantly, significantly reducing the overall time taken to verify each systems condition.

Entire platforms can be tested in days rather than weeks due to the less preparation work required with setting up of the system for test. There is also no requirement for complicated electrical sensors used to pick up airwaves to be installed to the system that will impede the flow path of firewater into the protected area like with other dry testing technologies.”

“Any residual water from former wet tests will also be blown out of the system, effectively drying the flow pipes and extending the life of the deluge system itself – which can be exceptionally expensive to replace.”

“Where other deluge testing systems might take up a lot of space, Siron DDT is conducted via a fully equipped container on or offshore, which includes its own independent vacuum compressor, as well as all our own tools and equipment required for immediate repair.”

“At a time where cost efficiencies are at the top of most operators’ agendas, we are confident that we have tapped into a gap in the market with this service, which will deliver operational efficiency whilst improving safety. In line with the Health and Safety Executive’s KP4 initiative that strives to improve awareness and management of risks associated with aging offshore assets, Siron DDT presents the operators with an unobtrusive solution as part of an integrated Fire System Integrity Assurance Service.”

Clearwater Fire Solutions is set to demonstrate Siron DDT onsite at the company’s Altens-based premises in April. For more information contact Steve Nickerson, steve.nickerson@clearwater-fire.com.

Clearwater currently employs 12 members of staff, comprising engineers, in-house staff and field technicians. Clearwater Fire Solutions has just successfully fulfilled its recertification for ISO9001, as well as achieving FPAL Verified status. Clearwater Electrical has recently achieved NIC/EIC accreditation.

For more information on Clearwater Fire Solutions visit www.clearwater-fire.com


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