he Marcus Hook Industrial Complex near Philadelphia, Penn.,
is exactly that: a complex convergence of various forms of transporta-
tion. Ships, trains, and automobiles. Pipelines and tanks. Tere are even
underground storage caverns! It's virtually a city of assets and individuals.
Owned by Sunoco Logistics Partners, the Marcus Hook facility has been
undergoing some changes. Expansions were planned at the area dedicated to the
Mariner East project, which receives and delivers natural gas liquids (NGL) from
the Marcellus Shale areas. At Marcus Hook, that NGL is then processed, stored,
and distributed. And the expansion needed to be done in two diferent phases.
Te new structures were to hold piping, walkways, and equipment, for example. But
the new steel needed to create those structures couldn't just be delivered and assembled at
the jobsite. At a complex that stores and handles millions of barrels of petrochemicals, the
on-site safety was crucial, and the steel would need to pass through a few series of steps before
heading to the Philly area. Tat's where coatings applicators J. T. Torpe & Son, Inc. and a
Passive Fire Protection (PFP) system entered the picture.
57 COATINGSPRO MARCH 2016
BY STEPHANIE MARIE CHIZIK
PHOTOS COURTESY J. T. THORPE & SON, INC.
Time, Skills, and
a PFP System
Passive Fire Protection System