MJW Builds Fire Protection System For FP&L Fuel Rack In Port Everglades // April 2019

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MJW Consolidated has constructed a fire protection system for Florida Power & Light (FP&L) that ensures rapid detection and extinguishment of potential fire hazards at a critical fuel loading station.

 The utility has a fueling rack system at its tank farm location in Port Everglades that provides refueling capability for tanker trucks to safely load fuel to send out into the field to fuel trucks for repair crews responding to major outages.

 “The fire protection system is designed for early flame detection within the fuel loading area, and immediate discharge of the firefighting foam solution over the entire fueling rack to protect both the loading equipment and the trucks located within the rack structure,” noted Jesse Miller, MJW project manager.

 The Port Everglades FP&L diesel rack has four lanes to allow tankers to come in and load fuel. The ability to move the fuel to where FP&L crews are working to restore power enhances the utility’s ability to address outages efficiently and promptly.

 The success of the MJW installation of the fire protection system at the FP&L location raises the possibility of similar projects for FP&L and other customers with truck fueling rack systems.

MJW Completes Project to Enable Praxair Plant Expansion on Space Coast // March 2019

MJW Consolidated has paved the way for a major expansion at Praxair Corp.’s air separation plant in Mims, Fla., to meet growing demand from space exploration customers and other Central Florida industries.

Before Praxair could begin the expansion, which will double production capacity at Mims, the company needed to reconfigure the site by repositioning two major production systems and building a new road for truck traffic. Praxair awarded MJW the phase-one project, which included equipment relocation, removal and installation; laying of four types of piping; and roadway and parking lot construction.

Work began in mid-December and was completed in March. “We met a tight schedule that required completing the many elements of the project in carefully phased sequence,” said Chris Timpe, MJW project manager. “We needed to perform as much work as possible prior to relocating the production systems and move quickly to minimize disruptions.”

To create space for the plant expansion, Praxair contracted MJW to perform all of the work necessary to build a new internal roadway for trucks carrying atmospheric gases to circulate through the site. Two existing production systems — a forced air drain vaporizer (FADV) and oil and gas separator — stood in the path of the new road and needed to be relocated. MJW removed the existing oil and gas separator and installed new equipment at another location within the plant, then moved the FADV during a planned 24-hour outage.

The work included installation of stainless steel piping for the FADV and carbon steel piping for the separator, all of which was fabricated by MJW. In addition, the project required burying approximately 400 feet of fiberglass piping and electrical duct-bank from the existing cooling towers to the expansion site.


Another component of the project involved moving two fire hydrants and piping for the plant’s fire water supply. MJW’s fire protection team performed this work, in addition to electrical work associated with the FADV and oil and gas separator systems, as well as lighting fixtures on the new roadway, which was performed by MJW’s electrical team. After all of the preparatory work was complete, the asphalt paving work for the roadway and parking lot was performed by a subcontractor.

“This was another example of MJW’s ability to manage challenging project schedules by coordinating with our internal teams as well as plant personnel and other contractors,” Timpe said. “We’re proud we were able to complete our portion of this important Praxair project safely and on schedule.”