A complex project to upgrade fire safety systems for the loading and unloading of hazardous fluids on a pharmaceutical production site in the Netherlands was successfully completed within an extremely tight time schedule while production continued.

Upgraded safety system installed at 15 locations on site

Our client, a global pharmaceuticals company, required the upgrade to its fire detection and prevention system across 15 handling locations for dangerous fluids at the site. The new system included automatic fire detection and foam extinguishers that could operate over the top of tankers transporting flammable and potentially explosive fluids. Large underground storage tanks were also needed to prevent liquids from contaminating the soil and causing potential risks in the event of combustion, leaks or spills.

We provided an end-to-end service from planning to execution, ensuring it was feasible, met the stringent regulatory deadline and allowed production to continue throughout. Services included engineering, tendering, construction management and commissioning as well as stakeholder management. Safety was key for the design itself and during implementation. Underground excavations in polluted soil were needed for the contamination tanks and raised constructions were required for foam extinguishers. Site-wide systems included automatic fire detectors, foam extinguishers, hose connections and switchboard links.

High pressure challenge implemented without disrupting production

“This was a very complex project which required integrated input from many disciplines as well as deep insight into site operations,” explained Joris van de Ven, Royal HaskoningDHV Project Director. “It was a high-pressure challenge in a risky environment but we implemented it successfully to meet the regulatory deadline with minimum disruption of production.”

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