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PPG launches new coating

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Hydrocarbon Engineering,

PPG has announced the launch of PPG PITT-CHAR NX, its most advanced passive fire protection coating.

The epoxy intumescent coating offers reduced coating thickness, lower weight and faster application, as well as providing outstanding strength and durability.

The coating system is designed to protect against the most severe hydrocarbon hazards including pool fires, jet fires and explosions. It is suited to both onshore and offshore environments in the oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

“PITT-CHAR NX is a major advance in passive fire protection technology, combining higher safety performance in a thinner, lighter coating that is faster to apply,” says Richard Holliday, Global Product Manager at PPG’s protective and marine coatings business. “We have drawn on over 35 years’ experience to develop, in our own state-of-the-art laboratories, this unique technology which brings major advantages to owners, engineers, fabricators and applicators.”

The oil and gas industries are facing ever more complex fire scenarios that can potentially involve pool fires, jet fires and explosions in both onshore or offshore environments. These projects also demand fast throughput during fabrication and application to maximise efficiency. Because it is lighter than alternative PFP coatings and cementitious systems, PPG PITT-CHAR NX delivers substantial material savings and reduces both transport and construction costs.

“We designed PPG PITT-CHAR NX to reduce uncertainty by ensuring it is capable of protecting against the full range of hydrocarbon hazards. Owners and designers no longer need to choose between solutions optimised for jet fire or pool fire; PITT-CHAR NX does both,” adds Holliday. “Our system is comprehensively tested to comply with internationally recognised fire test standards for all types and sizes of structural steel and safety critical equipment.”

The coating is designed to eliminate the risk of cracking and delamination during fabrication, transportation and construction.

Testing has proven PPG PITT-CHAR NX to be suitable for industrial, marine and offshore exposure without any degradation in fire resistance.It is extensively tested by third parties to the toughest and latest standards from ASTM, ISO, NORSOK and UL.

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