General Cable Innovation Contributes To Safety & Passive Fire Protection In The Oil & Gas Industry

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The new passive fire protection generation of Genfire® offshore cables contribute to raising on-board safety and cost savings in the engineering and construction project phases.

General Cable, an international cable industry leader, has developed a new offshore cable solution that raises the electrical cable protection against fire hazards on offshore oil rigs.

In the event of a fire occurring in an offshore facility, the electrical systems that serve critical areas such as water pumps, control rooms, process equipment, ventilation, sprinklers, alarms, and other emergency systems, must remain operational. This is critical for the safety of the facility. Electrical circuits must be adequately protected in order to prevent fire escalation, explosion and all types of potential fire scenarios on an oil rig.

The new DNV-GL Type Approved General Cable Genfire® HCF line of product is manufactured with the toughest materials, Favuseal® technology, and designed to exceed the most stringent international cable and fire standards, meeting the  safety needs of today’s oil & gas facilities.


GenFire HFC Cables


The major differentiating factor compared with traditional cables is the capacity to continue operating under the Hydrocarbon Fire conditions described in NEK 606, EN 1363-2:1999 and ISO-834-3, 200kW/m2, even for circuits with a high voltage rating.

The outstanding fire performance of this new cable has another advantage, this being the cost savings. The Genfire® HCF cable can be directly installed across a Hydrocarbon Fire classified zone without the need for additional fire coating or wrapping. This contributes to a dramatic reduction in the cost of materials, as well as costs associated with engineering, installation and repair operations.


The total system installation cost should be evaluated based on total material costs, labour, engineering and installation costs, expected life cycle and the associated maintenance and replacement costs. When upgrading existing facilities, disruption to ongoing operations as a result of system installation should also be a key consideration.

Genfire® HCF is the best cable solution for highly complex technology projects and an obvious choice for Extreme Hazard classified zones. General Cable’s involvement in innovation strengthens its position as a leader in powering offshore oil rigs

About General Cable

General Cable has been a wire and cable innovator for over 170 years, always dedicated to connecting and powering people’s lives.  With more than 13,000 employees and $6 billion in revenues, we are one of the largest wire and cable manufacturers in the world.

General Cable LogoOur company serves customers through a global network of 38 manufacturing facilities in our core operating regions and has worldwide sales representation and distribution. We are dedicated to the production of high-quality aluminum, copper and fiber optic wire and cable and systems solutions for the energy, construction, industrial, specialty and communications sectors.

With a vast portfolio of products to meet thousands of diverse application requirements, we continue to invest in research and development in order to maintain and extend our technology leadership by developing new materials, designing new products, and creating new solutions to meet tomorrow’s market challenges.

In addition to our strong brand recognition and strengths in technology and manufacturing, General Cable is also competitive in such areas as distribution and logistics, sales and customer service. This combination enables us to better serve our customers as they expand into new geographic markets.

General Cable offers our customers all the strengths and value of a large company, but our people give us the agility and responsiveness of a small one. We service you globally or locally.

For more information please visit General Cable website.
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Peter is the chief engineer for Engineering Circle an independent company run by experienced engineers and purchaser. With over 12 years’ experience as a project manager for large scale projects in the global energy sectors Peter has lived and worked in the UK, USA, Germany, Japan, New Zealand and Latin America. Peter has an in depth understanding of the buyer / supplier relationship for today’s global energy markets.