How do you protect against fire in one of the most high risk working environments? You turn to Chartek, a name which has become synonymous with providing ultimate fire protection in both the offshore and onshore oil and gas industries for more than 35 years.

Supplied by our Marine and Protective Coatings business, the Chartek range of intumescent epoxy passive fire protection products – which expand and insulate when exposed to high heat – is actually based on technology which was first used during the Apollo missions and NASA’s space shuttle program.

Today, Chartek is specified all over the world by the oil refining, gas processing, petrochemical and chemical industries, where it is primarily used to protect installations against hydrocarbon pool and jet fires, although it also offers excellent corrosion resistance in some of the world’s harshest environments. Customers mainly use Chartek on structural steelwork, but it can also be applied to other materials, including aluminum and plastic.

As well as helping to maintain structural integrity during a blaze, Chartek also slows the spread of fire, giving people more time to escape to safety. The most common installations to feature the technology include offshore platforms, refineries, petrochemical plants, LNG terminals, LPG storage facilities and FPSOs.

Demand for Chartek increased substantially during 2012, driven partly by increasingly stringent fire protection regulations worldwide. In fact, forecasters expect general global demand for fire protection to increase significantly over the next five years.

With this in mind, the company recently opened a dedicated €7.1 million testing laboratory for fire protection coatings at its Felling site in the UK. As well as significantly improving our ability to develop and bring new fire protection products to market, it will also help to strengthen the company’s position as the leading supplier of fire protection coatings and products worldwide.

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