Leading fire protection specialist Wormald has been selected to design and install a comprehensive fire protection solution at the Sino Iron Project in Western Australia. The Sino Iron Project is the largest magnetite and processing operation under construction in Australia.
Wormald was appointed by MCC Mining to develop and provide a sophisticated fire protection solution specific for the Sino site. The solution designed by Wormald will offer a high level of protection and include a range of sprinkler, deluge and detection systems as well as fire hydrants and hose reels.
The sophisticated fire protection and detection systems installed at the Sino site comprises a sprinkler system complete with fire water supply, pumps, tanks and deluge system. The water deluge system is particularly suited to hazardous environments such as mining sites and facilities where fires may spread quickly or where valuable equipment surrounding a fire needs to be cooled.
In addition, a Simplex® 4120 fire system network was installed which consists of approximately 40 VESDA detection systems and thermal detection for some of the smaller areas. The advanced VESDA detection systems are used for early warning applications and are suitable for mining operations where response to a fire is critical.
The fire system network also interfaces with 20 third party detection systems and spans both the iron ore processing plant and port area facility, including the Desalination Plant. The facilities are approximately 30 kilometres apart and connected via a fibre optic cable.
Installation work on Process Line 1, the first of six process lines on the Sino Iron Project, commenced in May 2011 and is due for completion later this year. Wormald intends to service and maintain the system for the life of the mine in accordance with Australian Standard AS1851-2005 Maintenance of fire protection systems and equipment.