Where most cargo and waste storage and shipping units Container Products Corporation (CPC) fabricates are built from the ground up, occasionally a project comes along that puts their talented design and fabrication teams in a position to think outside the box. Or, in the case of a recent project, inside the box.
In working with new client American Fire Technologies, the resourcefulness of CPC’s teams were put to the test when they were challenged with repurposing an ISO freight container and converting it into a Fire Suppression Module for use at a fossil fuel power plant in Mexico.
“This type of project was not new for CPC, but American Fire Technology and this specific application were both new and unique to us,” said CPC’s Engineering Manager, Art Bullock.
American Fire Technologies uses their expertise and knowledge in fire detection, protection, and management to provide their customers with systems, equipment, and services that protect the assets and personnel of clients in more than 40 countries. In this case, the client, Alstom Power, was out of Geneva, Switzerland, and the project was located in Monterrey, Mexico.
“We contacted CPC for assistance on a Fire-Gas detection, notification, and suppression system for a gas-turbine power plant,” said Tony Miller, Design and Project Manager with American Fire Technologies.
“[The Fire Fighting Module] provides a contained space to house the main Fire and Gas Control Panel, CO2 [gas] cylinders for fire suppression in the Gas Turbine Area, and Argonite [gas] cylinders for fire suppression in six auxiliary buildings,” he said.
The modular design concept—incorporating the system within the ISO freight container—was used to simplify and expedite the system’s installation. Additionally, the use of the repurposed ISO freight container proved to be cost effective.
CPC provided the container, created the initial designs, and performed the modifications necessary for the complex systems American Fire Technologies and their client required.
The whole project was no mean feat. With a container measuring 29’ x 8’ x 8’, it’s a sizable build; the piping, wiring, and other specialty mechanical systems inside; and the necessary external connections (for power and other on-site connections) added to the complexity of the project. Some of the requisite systems were beyond the typical capabilities of CPC, but that was no deterrent in completing the project.
“In addition to the design and initial build out, CPC provided support to additional trades who completed the unit,” said Bullock. “All of the mechanical systems were installed prior to the unit being shipped to the plant site in Monterrey [Mexico].”
Once it arrived on site, the module was connected to the plant’s power supply and fire suppression system piping. Thanks to the design, it was connected quickly and easily.
Despite a few design complexities and the need to bring in outside trade workers, CPC was able to manage the project from quote inquiry to completion in less than 180 days, which speaks to the experience and abilities of CPC’s team.
“Though the client was new and the project contained some unusual elements, CPC’s personal attention to detail and our experience on the shop floor led to another successful build,” said Bullock. “We give every client and every project, no matter how complex or routine, our full attention and we believe it shows in everything we do.”
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