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Tue 17 Apr 2007 04:48 PM

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3M offers fire suppression warranty

Companies must respond to environmental concerns amid mounting pressure from regulatory authorities.

A fire protection fluid designed specifically for the oil and gas industry will now come with a 20-year warranty.

That's the claim from manufacturer 3M, which has pledged an industry-first assurance guaranteeing that if its Novec 1230 fluid is banned from use, due to ozone depletion or global warming potential, it will refund the purchase price of the fluid.

"Regulating authorities around the world have committed to the reduction of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions by imposing strict regulations, affecting many fire suppression agents that are on the market today," said Joe Koch, business manager for 3M Novec fluids.

"The Blue Sky warranty provides peace of mind for end users who specify fire protection systems charged with Novec 1230 fluid. [They can be assured] their systems will withstand the growing list of substances being targeted for emission reduction."

Novec 1230 fluid is a halon replacement, designed to balance the need for human safety with low environmental impact. With a zero ozone-depletion potential, an atmospheric lifetime of just five days and a global warming potential of one, Novec 1230 fluid looks set to meet current halon replacement regulations.

"There are two global protocols on ozone depletion and global warming," explained Shome Bag, 3M's MENA marketing specialist. "Montreal treaty and Kyoto Protocol. None of the above has any restriction for Novec 1230. Novec 1230 has the highest environmental profile compared with all other fire extinguishing chemical agents on the market."

The fluid, which can be applied in rigs, refineries and tankers, is stored in liquid and becomes a gas upon discharge, making storage easier.

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