Gerdau Corsa Steel Mill

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Project Type: Manufacturing Plant
Owner: Gerdau Corsa
Engineer: Pronamet
Contractor: Pronamet
Services:
  • SUSTENTABILIDAD
Pipe Material:
  • Acero al carbón
Pipe Size: ¼ - 2” / DN8 – DN50
Location: Sahagun City, Hidalgo, Mexico
Solutions:
  • Engineered Product Solutions
  • Fire Suppression
  • SUSTENTABILIDAD

Gerdau Corsa es uno de los principales productores de perfiles de acero para aplicaciones estructurales y comerciales se distingue por ser una empresa con un sólido compromiso con la seguridad de sus empleados y la protección del medioambiente. Muestra de su dedicación en estos temas, ha sido su búsqueda permanente por implementar soluciones sustentables y seguras a lo largo de su cadena de producción. Gerdau Corsa opera dos plantas siderúrgicas y laminadoras, una en el Estado de México y otra en Ciudad Sahagún, Hidalgo. En 2012, inició la construcción de su planta en esta última donde la empresa buscaba desarrollar una instalación que se volviera punto de referencia para toda la industria siderúrgica, tanto en México, como en el resto de América Latina. Con una inversión que asciende a 600 millones de dólares, la planta es la inversión privada más importante en la historia del estado de Hidalgo.

The Sahagún City plant has 250 employees who maintain the machinery and work in high and medium-voltage electric rooms. Safeguarding their lives, while they continue to work in areas containing electrical equipment central to the plant’s operation, represented a significant challenge when selecting a fire suppression system. Additionally, the fire system had to be aligned with Gerdau Corsa’s environmental protection philosophy. The new plant features integrated state-of-the-art sustainable technology which includes a preheating system and a continuous scrap-iron feed, as well as a water treatment plant. Executing this vision required the implementation of a green and sustainable fire suppression solution to safeguard employees and protect the equipment.

During the assessment process for fire suppression systems, the company discarded solutions that released inert gases such as CO2, because these systems pose considerable health hazards to workers during a discharge. Also, their installation called for modifications to the plant to maintain room integrity, which translated into increased cost and time to construct. Furthermore, in the event of an activation, these types of gaseous fire suppression systems require the evacuation and isolation of the affected area before workers can go back into the facilities, thus delaying the time required to resume plant operations. Lastly, these types of systems cannot be zoned, so their installation requires an individual system to be installed in each of the 33 areas needing protection.

Cuando Pronamet, empresa mexicana de ingeniería especializada en el diseño e implementación de sistemas de control de incendios (así como integrador certificado de Victaulic Vortex™ desde 2009) llegó a conocer los retos de la planta de Gerdau Corsa, fue evidente que la mejor opción sería un sistema contra incendios híbrido (doble agente).

The Pronamet team installed a total of ten Victaulic Vortex 1500 systems to protect electrical rooms, the electrical substation, and high and medium-voltage transformers. The protected area at the plant totaled 294,000 ft3 distributed in 33 zones, including personnel control booths. The installed systems protect equipment valued at $60 million USD.

With the installation of Victaulic Vortex 1500, Gerdau Corsa guarantees operational continuity, since, in the case of activation, the recovery of the protected area would only require between one and two hours of downtime, while the complete reactivation of the fire suppression system takes only four hours, including the time needed to refill the nitrogen and water tanks.

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Victaulic Vortex 1500 Supression System