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General Cable: Safety & Passive Fire Protection In The Oil & Gas Industry

by Julie Clark on October 19, 2015

The new passive fire protection generation of Genfire® offshore cables contribute to raising on-board safety and cost savings in the engineering and construction project phases.

General Cable has developed a new offshore cabling solution ideal for oil & gas environments. General Cable's GENFIRE HCF provides added electrical cable protection against fire hazards on offshore oil rigs.

In the event of a fire occurring in an offshore facility, it is crucial that electrical systems that serve critical areas such as water pumps, control rooms, process equipment, ventilation, sprinklers, alarms, and other emergency systems remain operational. This is of utmost importance for the safety of the facility and all workers inside. Electrical circuits must be adequately protected in order to prevent fire escalation, explosion and all types of potential fire scenarios on an oil rig.

The new DNV-GL Type Approved General Cable Genfire® HCF line is manufactured with the toughest materials, Favuseal® technology, and designed to exceed the most stringent international cable and fire standards, meeting the  safety needs of today’s oil & gas facilities.


The major differentiating factor compared with traditional cables is the capacity to continue operating under the Hydrocarbon Fire conditions described in NEK 606EN 1363-2:1999 and ISO-834-3, 200kW/m2, even for circuits with a high voltage rating.


The outstanding fire performance of this new cable has another advantage:  cost savings.

The Genfire® HCF cable can be directly installed across a Hydrocarbon Fire classified zone without the need for additional fire coating or wrapping. This contributes to a dramatic reduction in the cost of materials, as well as costs associated with engineering, installation and repair operations.

To learn more about the GENFIRE HCF cable, contact your local Accu-Tech representative today. 

Topics: General Cable harsh environment offshore oil & gas

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