PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram
Search the site

 

Download our free e-book! Overcoating bridges and other structures.

Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Fire Devastates Pipe Coating Facility

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

Fire investigators are searching for answers after a blaze destroyed a pipeline coating facility in Leduc, Alberta.

Damage estimates from the fire at Global Fusion Coating Inc. ranged up to $3 million.

Authorities said the blaze broke out about 4:30 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28). Almost 40 firefighters from the region fought the fire until 11 p.m.

Global Fusion Coating specializes in internal and external FBE pipe coating for the oil and gas industry. The company's website lists a one brand-new coating facility in Leduc, but company officials could not be reached Monday (March 4) to confirm whether it was the new facility that had been destroyed.

Facebook / Leduc Rep

The fire destroyed a facility at Global Fusion Inc., a pipeline coating company in Leduc, Alberta. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined.

The cause of the blaze is still unknown, but investigators had arrived on the scene, CTV News reported. No injuries were reported.

'Nothing Survived'

Even after the fire was brought under control, a track hoe was brought to the scene to tear off the side of the building, allowing easier access to flames and hot spots, Leduc Fire Chief Ernie Polsom told CTV News.

"We know it started in or around the process areas of the building, but with the amount of damage that occurred inside, it's taking a bit of time to narrow it in," said Polsom.

Global Fusion Coating
Global Fusion Coating

Global Fusion Coating's website touts a brand-new coating facility on two acres in Leduc. Company officials could not be reached for confirmation of the fire's location.

Some reports said the fire had started near a furnace.

Polsom said concerns about chemicals inside were alleviated after speaking to business owners; however, air monitoring equipment was brought in to be sure. Experts determined there was no risk to the public.

The building is a total loss, and early estimates of damages were over $1 million, Polsom told the news station.

"Nothing survived the fire experience. There is an awful lot of specialized equipment in the building that's really hard to put and kind of estimate to. So, it's a very expensive fire," Polsom explained.

Facebook / Leduc Rep

Damage estimates ranged from more than $1 million to $3 million. The facility appeared to be a total loss after the blaze, the local fire chief said.

Fire crews stayed on the scene throughout the night.

Full Evening Crew

A manager with the company said the fire had started during a shift change. Reports said that 30 employees were on hand at the time.

"The full evening crew had been in the structure when the fire started, but they had self-evacuated on our arrival," said Polsom.

"They're pretty shaken up," operations manager Kyuin Shim told CTV News.

"I talked to our project coordinator. He did a great job getting the guys out in time, and good thing we had some processes in place to get them out of the facility as quick as possible."

About Global Fusion

Global Fusion Coating's plant is located in the newly developed Leduc Business Park. The plant has a pipe preparation room, climate-controlled blasting rooms, three cure ovens, and a custom coating booth.

At the plant, pipe spools are fully prepared—technicians grind root welds and chamfer flanges, and fusion bonded epoxy (FBE) coatings are applied over a four-hour period. Three cure ovens and the custom coating booth can accomodate spools that are two to 24 inches in diamater and one to 25 feet in length.

The company has another location in Wainwright, Alberta.

   

Tagged categories: Accidents; Fire; Fusion bonded epoxy; Oil and Gas; Paint application; Pipelines

Comment from M. Halliwell, (3/5/2013, 11:30 AM)

My understanding from local media is that this is the only Global Fusion plant in Leduc. The plant was recently added to expand capacity and that the only other location the company has is in Wainwright, Alberta. The company also does coatings for waterworks pipes.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Bullard
 
The Next Generation
of Blasting
 
• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems
 
Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the system that best fits your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278
 

 
SABRE Autonomous Solutions
 
Safety, Productivity, Quality. Robotic Blasting
 
Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.
 

 
Sherwin-Williams
 
Sherwin-Williams Oil & Gas App
 
Our coatings and linings expertise available 24/7, allowing you to explore the best Sherwin-Williams solutions for oil refineries, shale drilling sites, and offshore. Android users
click here. Download today!
 

 
Jotun Paints Inc.
 
Jotachar JF750 - The Time Saving Solution
 
The only mesh free solution for jet fire scenarios. Jotachar saves installation time and material costs - the next generation of epoxy passive fire protection.
 

 
Tnemec Company, Inc.
 
Online Coating Courses from Tnemec
 
For decades, Tnemec has offered its expertise to clients presenting face-to-face coatings courses. Now, these presentations are available to anyone for CEUs at Tnemec University.
 

 
Clemco Industries Corp.
 
Maximum Dust Suppression Systems Start at $14,950
 
The system comprises proven technology and equipment with user-friendly flexibility in mind. See it in action.
 

 
HoldTight Solutions Inc.
 
NO FLASH RUST - NO CONTAMINANTS
 
Our HoldTight®102 salt remover & flash rust
preventer prevents flash
rust by removing surface contaminants. Contact us
for your nearest distributor.
(800) 319.8802 sales@holdtight.com
 

 
BASF
 
New resins from BASF will have metals loving water!
 
Excellent corrosion resistance, low VOC, high gloss, thin films www.basf.us/industrialcoatings dpsolutions@basf.com 800-231-7868
 

 
Safway Services
 
Safeguard Assets. Ensure Productivity. HAKI®
 
Protect assets and equipment. Keep facilities open and operational. Maintain schedules regardless of weather. Ensure smooth and continuous production. Easy to erect. Safway is the primary distributor of HAKI® products including HAKISPAN and HAKITEC® 750 – in North America.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us