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Delhaize - AB Vassilopoulos

Industry:
Retail
Distributor:
FirePro Hellas S.A.
Application:
Electrical Panels, Electrical Rooms
Location:
Europe

The Client

Alfa-Beta Vassilopoulos is one of the largest chain of supermarkets and retail food stores in Greece. The ABV retail shop network consists of 567 stores across the country and employs a workforce of more than 14,000 people. ABV is a subsidiary of Ahold Delhaize (AMS: AD), a Dutch-Belgian multinational food retailer with operations in three continents, a 6,500-store network and about 375,000 personnel.

Risks & Consequences

Electrical panels containing capacitors to counteract power surges play a significant role in any business. Statistics indicate however that they can also be a major cause of fire. Circuit breakers can occasionally overload and manifest electrical shorts that consequently initiate fires. The route cause might be bad design, human error, ageing and/or neglect. Irrespective of the cause, operators need to be vigilant to protect assets from fire especially where people’s lives, premises and business continuity are at risk.

The Task

Design, supply, install, commission and maintain a fire detection and fire extinguishing system inside the electrical panels (containing capacitors) as well as in the substations of all ABV stores. The fire extinguishing technology needed to be efficient and effective, require little or no maintenance, have a long life-cycle and an environmentally friendly footprint. The maintenance costs of the FirePro generators for the protection of the electrical panels were also decisive factors for the fire engineers.

Why FirePro?

FirePro is protecting thousands of electrical panels in more than 110 countries around the world. This is partly because the technology is smart and flexible enough to enable its connection to conventional control panels or even remain autonomous. What is more, FirePro FPC compound is eco-friendly and thus does not pose a danger to the environment in a fire extinguishing scenario. In addition, the FirePro units have a 15-year life span and low maintenance load thus maximizing ownership benefits and value. Potential fires are detected and extinguished at an early stage while the fire alarms notify operators of the existence of the fire hazard.

Results of Implementation

Each Power Factor Correction Unit (FPCU) has now its own fire detection and extinguishing system so that a potential fire is detected quickly and dealt with effectively at the source. Substations and electrical rooms are also protected against fire scenarios with an FPC that has a 15-year operational lifetime. All systems can be easily accessed providing for easy and non-disruptive maintenance.

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