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Jotun to showcase new mesh-free Passive Fire Protection (PFP) product at ADIPEC

Health & Safety

Jotun has launched a mesh-free passive fire protection (PFP) coating that has been designed to reduce installation time and material costs when installed on offshore and onshore facilities compared to epoxy PFP systems that require additional mesh reinforcement

According to Jotun Protective Coatings Middle East, India and Africa, Jotachar JF750 meets the requirements of local offshore operators who demand protection against jet fires for their offshore assets, ensuring compliance with stringent international offshore safety standards. A growing number of onshore refinery owners are now also demanding the benefits of jet fire capable PFP materials that can demonstrate jet fire capability to ISO 22899.

Jotachar JF750 has undergone an extensive development and testing programme and is independently fire tested in accordance with all key industry standards for up to three hours fire protection.

Andy Czainski, global PFP sales director for Jotun, describes the product as the "only mesh-free epoxy intumescent coating solution available to the market where jet fire protection is required for safety critical steel structures, divisions and vessels".

"The formulation of Jotachar JF750 incorporates an advanced fibre matrix system in the material," says Czainski. "This technology, combined with a robust and temperature stable insulating char, eliminates the need for additional mesh reinforcement, reducing complexity and making it significantly faster to apply, saving both time and cost."

Jotachar JF750 demonstrated what its manufacturer described as "exceptional jet fire performance in the ISO 22899 test" proving steel protection for up to two hours without the need for any additional mesh reinforcement and marking an industry first. The ISO 22899 standard has been developed to simulate the highly erosive, high-heat flux and rapid temperate rise experienced within a jet fire. Jotachar JF750 also passed a critical 4-bar blast overpressure test without any need of additional reinforcing mesh, proving a mesh-free system can withstand severe explosion and blast forces with no detachment. Key fire and blast resistance testing has been witnessed by Lloyds Register of London.

The product is fully compliant to NORSOK M-501 revision 6, which is considered by many industry professionals to be the industry’s most rigorous durability and corrosion standard.

"Major yards and specialist PFP applicators are already telling us that the Jotachar JF750 mesh free system will be a game changer for them,” says Czainski.

John Warner, Jotun’s Category Manager for intumescent coatings, says, "Anyone working with mesh requiring systems knows that installation is a time and labour intensive process. Mesh installation involves stringent certification rules such as overlap measurement and installed depth within the system.

"The product makes maintenance and repair much simpler, requiring significantly less time and cost," he argues.

Jotun Protective Coatings Middle East, India and Africa will be exhibiting Jotachar JF750, along with a multitude of other coating products designed with the oil and gas industry in mind, at ADIPEC 2013.