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MJW Upgrades Fire Protection Systems for Reichhold Jacksonville Ahead of Schedule

Fire Protection Systems Chemical

In early 2022, the Reichhold Jacksonville plant asked MJW to upgrade the facility fire protection systems which included replacing obsolete foam valves in the reactor building /blend deck area as well as creating a new above-ground loop in the facility service main to eliminate dead-end mains. The project was designed, permitted, procured, and fabricated for a target start date of October 15 and completed within a 14-day shutdown window in order to minimize the impact to our client. In order to complete the project, MJW needed to demo all of the old fire protection valves and header and have the new equipment re-installed, tested, and approved by City of Jacksonville before the end of the shutdown.

The design department developed a unique design for the new foam proportioning system utilizing one foam proportioner for all five new deluge systems. This design eliminated four foam proportioners and all the piping and related appurtenances, saving the client substantial time and money in construction costs and future operating expenses.

Once all the necessary approvals were in place, the  crew began  pre-work on the replacement detection systems and the new above-ground fire main. The pre-shutdown work was completed  a month ahead of the scheduled shutdown date.

With Reichold’s production halt date scheduled for October 15, it was imperative that the project complete on schedule.. Through the combined efforts of cross-functional teams, MJW completed the upgrade and commissioned with COJ and Reichhold five days ahead of schedule, allowing the client to resume their production. Reichhold was very pleased with the ahead-of-schedule installation and project completion with no safety incidents.

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