Method Statement for Installation of Fire Pretention System

Method Statement for Installation of Fire Pretention System


1.0       Scope

The  scope  of  this  method  statement  is  to  describe  the  method  of  installation  of sprinkler piping system in xxx (Project Name) – The Residences Project in accordance with the project specifications.

2.0       Material

2.1       Sprinkler pipes to ASTM A536 GR `B’

2.2       Zone Control Valve

2.3       Test and Drain Valves

2.4       Alarm valves

2.5       Pressure gauges

2.6       Flow switches

2.7       Pressure reducing valves

2.8       Water motor gong

2.9       Other associated materials

3.0       Applicable Location

Towers, East and West Podiums and Villas.

4.0       Method

4.1       Storage

4.1.1    All material while unloading shall be lowered  to the ground either manually or with mechanical aid like crane depending on the quantity of the pipe and should not be dropped to the ground.

4.1.2    For pipes, timber supports shall be placed beneath at equal distance.

4.1.3    Pipes shall be stacked on a flat surface with adequate supports.

4.1.4    End caps of pipes shall be in place until removed for installation.

4.1.5    While stacking, it shall be ensured that pipes of bigger sizes are placed below and smaller sizes on top.

4.1.6    All pipes shall be covered and shall not be exposed to direct sunlight. 4.1.7    All other items such as valves, gauges, switches shall be kept on racks within site stores and shall be segregated as per size, model, type etc. for easy retrieval.

4.1.8    Any items found damaged or not suitable as per project requirements shall be removed from site.  If required to store temporarily, they shall be clearly marked and stored separately to prevent any inadvertent use.

4.2       Preparation

4.2.1    Check  and  ensure  all  drawings  used  for  installation  are  latest  and approved for construction.

4.2.2    Check  the  coordination  of  piping  layout  with  other  services  and reflected ceiling and resolve problems, if any.

4.2.3    Mark the pipe routing on the ceiling as per approved drawings.

4.3       Installation

4.3.1    Fix  supports  and  hangers  with  approved  material,  as  per  approved layout drawings.

4.3.2    Cut  all  excess  hanger  rods  to  leave  only 25mm  lengths  below  the support for final adjustment of levels, if required.

4.3.3    Machine cut the pipes square to required length and ream the pipes to remove burrs and clean thoroughly before installation.

4.3.4    Pipe work upto 50mm shall have threaded joints and pipes 765mm and above shall be with grooved coupling joints.    The pipe work shall be grooved and installed as per coupling manufacturers instruction and grooving equipment as supplied by manufacturer shall be used.

4.3.5    Install  pipe  work  at  heights  and  to  gradients  shown  on  approved drawings, in a neat and tidy manner.

4.3.6    Holesaw  cutter  shall  be  used  to  cut  holes  in  the  pipe  work  where required for fixing mechanical Tees etc.

4.3.7    PVC Sleeves of suitable sizes shall be provided at wall crossings and fire stopping with approved material shall be completed.

4.3.8    Only standard fittings shall be used for changes in directions, reduction in pipe sizes, Tee joints, etc. Only long radius bends shall be used where required.

4.3.9    Expansion couplers shall be installed at location where piping crosses the building expansion joints (Refer Annexure-I for manufacturer’s recommendations).

4.3.10  All vertical pipes shall be installed plumb with at least 25mm clearance from the wall / surface.

4.3.11  Install valves, supervisory switches, flow switches, pressure gauges etc.

as per approved drawings and manufacturer’s instruction.

4.3.12  Install drain valves at all low points as shown on approved drawings and ensure that water can be drained from all sections of pipe work.

4.3.14  Inspectors test drain valves of suitable size shall be provided at the farthest point in the system in each zone as per approved drawings.

4.3.15  Check and ensure easy access is available for maintenance and removal of all components such as valves, switches etc.

4.3.16  The  droppers  for  sprinkler  heads  are  installed  at  location  as  per approved layout / coordinated drawings.

4.3.17  Plug or cap-off all open ends in the piping during the installation phase.

4.3.18  Flush and clean the entire piping with clean water until the system is clean.

4.3.19  Install correct type of sprinkler heads as per approved drawings and manufacturers instruction.

4.3.20  Clean the pipe work thoroughly to remove all dirt, soil, oil, etc. and apply one coat of primer.

4.3.21 Provide identification and flow directional arrows to the pipe work, valves and other components as per approved submittals / details.

4.3.22  The entire installation shall be supervised, checked and certified by

FIREX prior to testing and commissioning of the system.

4.3.23  The details of the entire installation of the system shall be inspected and approved by the Dubai Civil Defence Authority.

5.0       Testing & Commissioning

5.1       The entire pipe work shall be hydrostatically pressure tested as per method statement Ref. ETA/MS/P-011.

5.2       The final testing and commissioning of the system shall be carried out as per

Method Statement Ref. ETA/MS/P-014.

6.0.      Water Supply Treatment 6.1       NFPA 13-9-1.5 states “In areas with water supplies known to have contributed to  micro  biologically  influenced  corrosion  (MIC),  water  supplies  shall  be

tested and appropriately treated prior to filling or testing of metallic piping


6.2       But, the chemical composition of DEWA water clearly shows that there is no microbiologically influenced corrosion. As water from DEWA is filled in the fire protection  system,  water treatment  is  not  required  for the wet  system (Annexure-V).

7.0       Safety

7.1       Warning signs shall be placed at required location during pressure testing of the pipe work and barriers where required to protect other services.

7.2       All precautions shall be followed as per established project safety procedures.

8.0       Records

8.1       Work Inspection Request (WIR) duly signed by Consultants.

8.2       Installation check lists signed by QA/QC.

8.3       Installation report / certification by specialist fire protection contractor.

9.0       Attachments

9.1       Test Certificate for Piping System


1.0     Scope:

This method statement is applicable to the installation of Wet Riser Pipes and Hose reels, related fittings and accessories, to ensure that the pipe work and other related fittings and accessories are properly installed and conforms to the requirement of contract specification and NFPA 14.

2.0     Purpose:

To define the installation of Wet Riser Pipes with Mechanical Grooved and Threaded fittings, Fire fighting accessories e.g. Hose reel, Landing valve, etc.

3.0     Applicable locations:

3.1       East and West Towers and Podiums.

4.0     Method:

4.1       Preparation work

Before commencing any installation of Wet Riser Piping with fittings and accessories the following activities shall be carried out by the responsible representative of the company.

4.1.1    Check that the approved construction drawing of current revision is readily available for installation.

4.1.2    Verification of material used for installation, should have an approved material submittal.

4.1.3    Check  the  type  and  working  conditions  of  pipe  and  applicable  or required fittings and accessories as per the contract specifications.

4.1.4    Verify the availability of all required accessories on construction SITE

prior to start of any installation activity.

4.1.5    Loading and unloading of pipes should be carried out by hands and use of skids should be avoided. Pipes should not be dragged along rough surface. Extra care should be exercised in handling small dia pipes to avoid damage.

4.1.6    Check the work area as per the safety aspect; it should be clean, tidy and safe for installation of fire fighting piping systems.

4.2       Installation Procedure

4.2.1    Mark  out  the  location  of  hangers  and  supports  for  fire  pipes  and accessories as per the approved construction drawings.

4.2.2    Drill the marked position for the hangers and supports by using a drill of appropriate or required size.

4.2.3    Fix  the  flush  anchor  at  drilled  position  by  gentle  and  uniform hammering. During hammering use the “Setting Tool” of appropriate size for proper grip of the anchor in concrete.

4.2.4    Before fixing the threaded rod, insert a washer of appropriate size in to the rod.

4.2.5    Fix the threaded rod of appropriate dia and length into the anchor by twisting. For easy and balancing twisting of the rod use preferably two nuts locked together and a wring spanner for tightening.

4.2.6    Finally fix the washer near to the slab by tightening a nut over it; this will improve the strength and load bearing capacity of threaded rod and lock the support in place.

4.2.7    Measure  length  of  pipe  required,  make  due  allowance  of  any pipe fittings to be used. Cut the pipe to the measured length in machine, ensuring that the ends are cut square. Flame cut ends will not be used for grooving.

4.2.8    For pipes more than 2 ½” dia grooved joints are required. With help of grooving  machine  prepare  grooves  at  the  pipe  end  to  accept  the Victaulic mechanical joints fittings as per the specifications and manufacturers recommendations.

4.2.9    For pipe less than 2 ½” dia, threaded joint is required, for this purpose, make external threads  on the pipe’s end by using proper  threading machine.

4.2.10  After making thread, these will be covered with jute. Wrap the jute around  the  entire  length  of  the  threads  beginning  with  the  second number thread from the end. Then screw the threaded end of the pipe in the adjacent fitting or pipe.

4.2.11  After preparing threads and the grooves, check them for their proper formation and depth.

4.2.12  The pipe will be checked for correct level and position and if necessary adjusted on the pipe support, or re-level the pipe with spirit level and tape.

4.2.13  For vertically installed pipes, install wall hangers at drilled position by adopting the same procedure. Install the pipes in the clips and “U” clamps. Provide additional support, to hang each landing valve.

4.2.14  Refer Annexure-I for a typical arrangement of landing valve.

4.3       Installation of Landing Valve

4.3.1    Mark  out  the  location  of  landing  valves  on  the  pipes  as  per  the approved construction drawing of current revision.

4.3.2    Provide mechanical Tee in the pipe to install the landing valve with the help of appropriate hole saw cutting machine prior to install the landing valve.

4.3.3    Install the “U” clamp fittings with each landing valve fitting.

4.3.4    Keep the canvas 2 ½” x 30 meter hose in the pre-installed metallic fire cabinet after the commissioning stage.

4.4       After completion of installation, remove burrs, dirt and construction debris and repair any damaged finishes including chips, scratches and abrasion. Make good paint finish.

4.5       After completion of installation work, work inspection request (WIR) shall be

raised for Consultant’s inspection.

4.6       Hydrostatic test shall be performed as per attached format for the entire system to a pressure of 15 bars.

4.7       FIREX shall supervise the installation and testing and certify the same.

5.0     Equipment / Tools Required:

5.1       Electric drilling machine.

5.2       Mobile scaffold and step ladder.

5.3       Mechanical tool kit.

5.4       Measuring tape.

5.5       Water level.

5.6       Cutting tool.

5.7       Grinding machine.

5.8       Threading tool.

5.9       Grooving machine.

6.0     Safety

6.1       All safety regulations prevailing to this project site shall be strictly adhered to.

6.2       Ensure work area is clean and tidy.

6.3       Safety equipment (example hard hats, safety shoes, coverall gloves, goggles when necessary etc) to be worn all the times.

6.4       Ensure area is kept clear while lifting is in progress and cordon area off if necessary with warning tape.

6.5       Check all lifting equipment for visual sign of damage.

6.6       Check electric drill machine and extension leads for visual sign of damage.

6.7       Safety Officer shall check and ensure all safety measures are taken as required.

7.0     Attachment

7.1       Hydrostatic Test Certificate


1.0     Scope:

This  scope  of  this  method  statement  covers  the  testing  and  commissioning  of sprinklers  and  Wet  Riser  system  within  the  Burj  Dubai  –  The  Residences  in accordance with the following.

1.1       Technical specifications.

1.2       NFPA-13 & NFPA-14.

2.0     Purpose:

To test the sprinklers and Wet Riser system for leaks and defects and to perform all required acceptance tests in accordance with NFPA-13 & NFPA-14 (Inspection and testing of water based Fire Protection Systems).

3.0     Applicable locations:

3.1       E1, E2, E3, W1, W2 & W3 Towers, East & West Podiums and Villas.

4.0     Parties Involved:


Project Manager MEP Consultant MEP Sub-Contractor Main Contractor

Fire Protection Contractor

5.0     System Components:

5.1       Sprinkler piping

5.2       Alarm valves and Flow detectors

5.3       Landing valves

5.4       Hose reels

5.5       Fire Extinguishers.

6.0     Technical Section:

Pressure Guage – 4” DIAL, 0-300 PSIG

Note: The calibration certificate of the pressure gauge shall be checked and verified prior to use.

7.0     Testing Procedure:

For convenience, the entire testing procedures have been divided into various parts as below:

7.1       Sprinkler Test

7.1.1    The sprinkler system will be tested separately for the tower area and podium areas.

Tower       A flow test will be conducted for sprinkler system in the

tower’s floor areas.       Water flow will be established by opening the inspector test and drain valve of zone control valve assembly. The flow shall be equivalent to flow through our sprinkler head as it is pre set in test and drain valve.       Ensure that fire alarm is activated when inspectors test valve is opened, which means flow detector shall be interfaced with fire alarm system (fire signal)       Ensure that water motor gong will operate in the pump room when the pump is in running condition.       Manufacturer’s written instruction shall be followed for the

testing of sprinkler.

Podium       The sprinkler system in the podium area will be tested, by operating one of the upright sprinkler heads.       Upright sprinkler head will be operated by heating the glass bulb of the head, once the temperature reaches 79°C, the glass bulb of the sprinkler breaks and water will flow.       Ensure that fire alarm is activated when inspectors test valve is opened, which means flow detector shall be interfaced with fire alarm system (fire signal).       Ensure that water motor gong will operate in the pump room area when the pump is in running condition.

7.2       Alarm Valves

7.2.1    Verify that auxiliary drains are closed and that the system is free of leaks.

7.2.2    Open  the  system  test  valve  (and  any  auxiliary  vents  provided  to facilitate the removal of air from the system) to allow air to escape from the system while it is filling with water.

7.2.3    If desired, close the alarm shut-off valve to prevent local alarms from operating while filling the system.

7.2.4    Slowly open the water supply main control valve.

7.2.5    Allow the system to completely fill with water. Allow water to flow from the system test valve and any other open vents provided until all air is exhausted from the system.

7.2.6    After all air is exhausted from the system, close the system test valve and all other open vents.

7.2.7    The pressure gauge on the system side of Alarm Check Valve Clapper should indicated water pressure equal to greater than the water pressure indicated on the gauge located on the supply side of the clapper.

7.2.8    OPEN the Alarm Shut-Off valve in the Alarm Valve trim, and verify that all other valves are in their normal operating position.

7.2.9    Secure all valves in their normal operating position.

7.3       Water Flow Detector

7.3.1    A flow test will be conducted for water flow detector.

7.3.2    Water flow will be established through the inspectors test connection.

7.3.3    Ensure that fire alarm is activated when inspectors test valve is opened, which means flow detector shall be interfaced with fire alarm system (fire signal).

7.3.4    Manufacturer’s instruction shall be followed for the testing of main

drain valve.

7.4       Landing Valve & Fire Hoses

7.4.1    After completing the hydrostatic pressure testing of wet riser piping, a flow test will be conducted to ensure proper operation of the landing valve.

7.4.2    Unwind the 2 ½” dia fire hose and connect one end of fire hose to

branch pipe and other end to the outlet of landing valve.

7.4.3    Slowly turn the hand wheel of the landing valve, till we get a constant flow through the branch pipe outlet.

7.4.4    Ensure the flow and pressure at the outlet of branch pipe.

7.5       Fire Hose Reel 7.5.1    Once the hose reel piping is under pressure and tested, a flow test will be conducted to ensure proper operation of the hose reel.

7.5.2    Unwind the hose from the hose reel, and after removing 2-3 metre of hose from the hose reel, the automatic valve will open automatically.

7.5.3    Open the nozzle and ensure the flow and pressure at the nozzle of the hose reel.

7.5.4    1” dia. PRV shall be used to maintain an outlet pressure of 4 bars.

7.5.5    One of the remote hose reels will be operated to measure the quantity of water discharge. The water discharged from the hose reel will be collected in a calibrated container to measure the water flow per minute to establish the flow rate which shall be 23 l/min approximately.

7.6       Fire Extinguisher

7.6.1    Check for physical conditions for the fire extinguisher and the pressure gauge reading of the fire extinguisher.

7.6.2    Inspect the fire extinguisher to determine that the hose and horn is unobstructed  and  the  plastic  tamper  seal  is  intact.  Recharge  if  the weight has reduced more than 5% of the extinguisher content weight.

7.6.3    Portable fire extinguishers supplied and installed will be inspected and checked during the commissioning period to ensure that they are in good working condition. Any extinguisher losing 10% of its nominal content by weight will be recharged to the required standard.

7.6.4    All  cylinders  containing  the  chemical  extinguishing  agents  will  be checked to ensure that the contents are up to the specified standards and are so marked with paint on the outside of cylinders.

7.6.5    A sample fire extinguisher (as selected by the Consultant) shall be discharged during testing & commissioning demonstration. The discharged cylinder will be replenished as required.

8.0     Manufacturer’s Recommendations

8.1.1    Manufacturer’s instructions, as applicable, will be followed for testing and commissioning of system components. Find attach the manufacturer’s instructions for the fire protection equipment.

8.1.2    All recommendations as per NFPA 13, NFPA 14 and NFPA 25 shall be followed and will be incorporated in the O &M Manual.

9.0     Record and Report Data:

9.1       A  written  report  shall  be  prepared  by  Fire  Protection  Specialist  upon completion of Testing and commissioning to certify the results.

9.2       All the test results will be recorded in the test format, which has been prepared inline with the NFPA format. A sample test format is attached to this method statement for approval.

9.3       WIR request duly signed off by NMX and Roberts & Partners.

10.0   Safety:

10.1     All PPE such as helmet, safety shoes, harness, gloves, etc., shall be used by the personnel, as required.

10.2     Warning signs shall be placed at required location during pressure testing of pipe work.

10.3     Only experienced and skilled personnel shall be engaged for carrying out the pressure testing work.

10.4     All  other  precautions  shall  be  followed  as  per  established  project  safety procedures.

10.5     Safety  officer  shall  check  and  ensure  all  safety  measures  are  followed  as required.

10.6     All concerned shall be notified prior to testing activities are commenced.

11.0   Attachment:

11.1     Testing and Commissioning certificate for sprinkler system.

11.2      Testing and Commissioning certificate for wet riser system.


1.0       Scope

1.1       This   method   statement   applies   to   installation   of   Firewater   pumps   as   per

Specification, manufacturer’s instructions and NFPA-20.

2.0       Purpose

2.1       Purpose of this method statement is to outline the method of storage, handling and installation of firewater pumps, valve package and controls.

3.0       Material

3.1       Pump  and  motor  assembled  on  a  common  base  frame,  coupled  using  suitable coupling arrangement by the manufacturer.

3.2       OS&Y valves, NRV, flexible connectors and piping accessories as per approved submittals.

3.3       Pump foundation as per approved drawings.

4.0       Applicable Location

4.1       West Tower – W2 Basement Floor.

5.0       Method

5.1       Receiving

5.1.1    When received at site, each pump, valves, air vent, pressure relief valve and water meter shall be checked for quantities, Model Nos., physical damages etc. and notify supplier of any discrepancies for suitable rectification or replacement.

5.1.2    Valves shall be segregated as per sizes/models and stored on racks within a covered store.

5.1.3    Any items found damaged or not found suitable as per the project requirements shall be quarantined.   Non-compliant material shall be clearly marked and stored separately to prevent any inadvertent use until returned to vendor.

5.2   Storage

5.2.1    Pump shall be stored on a flat surface in well-ventilated storage area. 5.2.2    Inlet and outlet flange blanks shall not be removed until ready for connection to pipe work.

5.2.3    Manufacturer’s instructions shall be strictly followed as applicable.

5.2.4    If the pumps are stored for longer periods the shaft shall be periodically rotated and lubricated, if required.

5.2.5    The  stored   motor  should   be  inspected  periodically  for  obvious conditions such as standing water, parts theft, excess dirt buildup or any other abnormal condition.

5.2.6    Storekeeper will be responsible for proper storage and maintenance of records, as required.

5.3   Preparation

5.3.1    The  foundations  designed  to  meet  the  vibration  and  sound  control requirements shall be provided by Main contractor.

5.3.2    Check and ensure that the shop drawings used are latest and approved for construction.

5.3.3    ETA will co-ordinate the location of foundation as per approved shop drawings.

5.3.4    The foundation surface shall be flat and level and smoothly finished top surface.

5.3.5    Check the piping support locations and cable tray routing locations in co-ordination with pump and piping layout and ensure they are not obstructing the space around pump.

5.3.6    Ensure   easy   access   and   sufficient   clearance   for   servicing   and maintenance i.e for replacement of pump, motor.

5.4   Installation

5.4.1    Electric Driven Pumpset (Main & Jockey)          Mark  the  locations  of  the  pump  base  frame  and  hole locations.         Drill the suitable size holes in the foundations.          The pump and motor are assembled on the base frame by suitable flexible coupling arrangement.  Shift the pumps to the place of installation in safe manner.  Use hand trolley / folk-lift/   crane   as   applicable/   required   as   per   site conditions.          Check and ensure free rotation of the shaft.          Position the pump frame assembly on the foundation and fix the anchor fasteners.          Water level the pump assembly by placing the shim plates below the base frame as required.  Gap between motor and pumps, after pump installation shall be rechecked by the pump supplier before testing.

5.4.2    Ensure proper coupling guards are provided.

5.4.3    Complete the piping and valve package installation as per approved drawings.  Remove the end caps fixed on the inlet flange.

5.4.4    Install  the  electrical  control  panel  and  power  connections  as  per approved drawings.

5.4.5    Incoming  and  outgoing  cables  to  be  insulation  resistance/continuity tested.

5.4.6    Provide   earth   wiring   as   per   approved   drawings/manufacturers instruction.

5.4.7    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions while installing the pump.

5.4.8    After completion of the installation, it shall be checked and certified by the supplier/manufacturer.

6.0 Inspection

6.1         After completion and pump installation and piping connections, the same shall be checked and certified by the pump supplier.

6.2         Request for Inspection’ shall be raised for Consultants approval.

7.0 Safety

7.1        All safety precautions shall be followed as per established project safety plan and procedure.

7.2        Only experienced and skilled technicians shall be engaged for carrying out pump installation work.

7.3        The people involved in the installation shall use PPE such as safety helmets, safety shoes, harness, gloves, coverall, goggle, etc. as required.

7.4       Safety officer shall check and ensure that all safety precautions are followed.

7.5        Safety officer shall check and ensure that all scaffolding and ladders use at site are having duly signed tags.

8.0 References

8.1      Manufacturers instructions

8.2      Approved fire water pump submittal.

8.3      Approved shop drawings.

8.4      Specification section 15500

8.5      NFPA 20

9.0 Records

9.1      Work Inspection Request dully signed by the NMX and Consultant.

9.2      Pump installation checklist.

9.3        Installation certificate from manufacturer

10.0     Attachment

10.1       Schedule of Fire Water Pumps

10.2       Installation checklist


1.0       Scope

The scope of this Method Statement is to define the method of Start-up and Commissioning of Fire Water Pumps installed within Burj Dubai – The Residences, in accordance with the Specification, applicable NFPA and manufacturer’s instructions attached.

2.0       Material

Refer to Appendix 1 – Schedule of Fire Water Pumps.

3.0       Test Equipment

3.1       Digital Multimeter

3.2       Clamp Meter


The calibration certificates of testing instruments shall be verified prior to usage and copies shall be included in the test reports.

4.0       Pre-commissioning checks prior to start-up

4.1       Mechanical

4.1.1    Check and inspect the installation of Fire Water Pump is complete, verify the installation as per approved drawings.

4.1.2    Verify   compliance   to   the   attached   manufacturer’s   installation


4.1.3    Obtain installation certification from manufacturer or their authorized representative. 4.1.4    Check  and  ensure  adequate  clearance  available  for  service  and maintenance of pumps and motors.

4.1.5    Check the installation is coordinated with other services.

4.1.6    Ensure the shipping bolts / chambers are removed.

4.1.7    Check all nuts, bolts, screws, fastners etc., are fixed and tightened as required.

4.1.8    Ensure the piping is pressure tested. Verify test certificates.

4.1.9    Check all piping connections are complete at pumps, flow meter and pressure relief line including flexible connections where applicable.

4.1.10  Check and ensure the piping is flushed and cleaned.

4.1.11  Check the alignment is completed as per manufacturer’s instructions.

4.1.12  Check and verify the water level in the water tank is full.

4.1.13  Check and ensure the safety guards are in place and secure.

4.1.14  Adjust desired cut-in and cut off pressure as per requirements.

4.1.15  Rotate the pump manually and ensure free and smooth rotation.

4.1.16  Ensure the pumps are cleaned prior to start-up and all identification labels and tags are in place.

4.2       Electrical

4.2.1    Check all power cabling and control wiring is completed and dressed neatly.

4.2.2    Check  the  power  isolator  is  fixed  close  to  the  pump  motor  for emergency stop and power isolation.

4.2.3    Check all terminations are completed and tightened as required. 4.2.4    Check  the  grounding  connections  are  completed  and  tightened  as required.

4.2.5    Ensure the overload protections are set correctly as per the pump motor load current.

4.2.6    Ensure all identification tags and labeling works are complete.

5.0       Start-up and Testing

5.1       Electric Driven

5.1.1    Open suction gate valves.

5.1.2    Check that pumps is full of water and that all air contained in pumps has been allowed to escape through the air release valve.

5.1.3    Compress packing evenly with gland (Gland nut should be finger tight).

5.1.4    Lower setting of pressure switch (senses discharge pressure) to prevent pump from starting.

5.1.5    Place the main disconnect switch in the `ON’ position.

5.1.6    Place circuitry breaker in the `ON’ position and check if Power on light

is illuminated.

5.1.7    Check direction of driver rotation by pressing momentarily the `Start’ and then `Stop’ push buttons on the controller (proper direction is indicated by arrow on pump casing), for in-line pump use a light on shaft  to  see  rotation  (this  is  clockwise  looking  down  from  top  of motor). If rotation is wrong interchange motor leads in panel per instructions in panel.

5.1.8    Bring the timer setting down to one (1) minute for automatic start test purpose.

5.1.9    Open system butterfly valve.

5.1.10  Bleed the system by opening a valve on the pressure sensing line to create a pressure drop.

5.1.11  As soon as fire pump starts check if full load current valve is within the electric motor name plate rating with service factor taken into account.

5.1.12  Check packing adjustment to obtain slight leak of approximately 1 drop per second.

5.1.13  After running for one minute (time set on the running period timer), stop pump with stop button. If you try stopping it before the time set on the timer, the pump will not stop.

5.1.14  Bleed again until desired start-up pressure is attained.

5.1.15  Allow jockey pump to stop automatically at pressure switch setting.

5.1.16  Measure the total flow of water from the pump, at the outlet, and verify the same against the design requirements. Record the results in the commissioning format.

5.2       Automatic Operation

5.2.1    Open system butterfly valve and turn all the isolating valves to the fully open position.

5.2.2    Place the main disconnect switch one the ON position.

5.2.3    Switch fire pump circuit breaker to the ON position.

5.2.4    Switch the jockey pump to AUTO (the power ON light must be lit).

5.3       Record all pump and motor nameplate data in the commissioning format.

5.4       Ensure   compliance   to   all   manufacturer’s   start-up   and   commissioning instructions, as applicable.

6.0       Safety

6.1       Only  experienced  and  skilled  personnel  shall  be  engaged  for  start-up  and commissioning of chilled water pumps.

6.2       Safety guards shall be in place and secured prior to start-up.

6.3       Cable test reports shall be verified prior to energisation.

6.4       Warning signs and tapes shall be placed during start-up and commissioning as required.

6.5       All safety procedures shall be followed in accordance with the project health and safety plan.

6.6       Safety Officer shall check and ensure all safety precautions are followed.

7.0       Records

7.1       WIR (for Witness of start-up and commissioning) duly signed by Consultants

7.2       Signed-off pre-commissioning check lists

7.3       Commissioning reports

7.4       Calibration certificates of testing instruments

8.0       References

8.1       Specification Sections 15500

8.2       Applicable standards – NFPA

8.3       Manufacturer’s start-up and commissioning instructions.

8.4       Approved Fire Water Pump submittals / drawings.

8.5       Approved shop drawings.

9.0       Attachments

9.1       Annexure-I Schedule of Pumps

9.2       Pre-commissioning checklist

9.3       Plant performance test sheet.

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