On 29th November 2018, PFPNet member Hempel officially opened its new Centre of Excellence in Barcelona. The centre’s focus will be on the research and development of coating products within the field of passive fire protection. PFPNet chairman John Dunk was asked to participate in a technical seminar that took place after the grand opening. His presentation covered milestones in fire protection for the oil & gas industry, including:
- The development of the Hydrocarbon Fire Test exposure environment (based on research work by Mobil Oil in the mid 1970’s)
- The development of jet fire testing in the late 1980’s
- Changes to the regulations and management of offshore safety after the Piper Alpha disaster
- Cost reductions in today’s industry and the potential impact on fire protection
John concluded his presentation with an introduction to PFPNet, describing how this independent industry group has been formed to tackle many important issues that will impact fire safety for both the offshore and onshore oil & gas industry globally.
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