Oil and gas companies are always at risk from lightning damage. Instead of having to fix damaged devices or deal with costly downtime. Choosing to install a lightning protection system will ensure that both your employees and equipment have protection from common lightning damage.
Here are just a few examples of the most common lightning damage that oil and gas facilities face on a regular basis.
#1 Electrical Damage
A lightning strike doesn’t always produce a fire but can cause significant damage to electronic equipment and various instruments at an oil and gas facility. Many times this equipment will not turn on, and you have to wait for technicians to replace the electrical equipment before you can begin working again. Ultimately, this results in significant downtime, which minimizes production and affects the bottom line for your business. However, a lightning protection system can reduce the likelihood of this situation.
#2 Destroyed Communication Equipment
Another problem that many oil and gas companies face is damage to communication equipment from direct or nearby lightning strikes. An antenna that is mounted on a SCADA tower is a prime target for a lightning strike, which can cause extensive damage and make it impossible to transmit or receive data from employees. However, the use of equipment that specializes in preventing common lightning damage is a worthwhile investment for any oil and gas facilities.
#3 Tank Fires
A static charge within a fiberglass tank can cause extensive damage and result in a fiery explosion. This is especially true if the flow rate of the liquids within a fiberglass tank isn’t controlled, as all of the flammable vapors can easily ignite and cause a massive fire. These fires will not only damage equipment but also pose a significant safety hazard to any employees within the vicinity of the explosion. However, you can minimize the chance of this occurring with the help of equipment that is designed to protect oil and gas facilities from static charge buildup.
Oil and gas companies always have to face the threat of common lightning damage on a regular basis, but the use of lightning protection equipment can save your company a significant sum of money, while also preventing any downtime due to these storms.
LightningMaster manufactures lightning protection equipment that will help to reduce the risk of lightning damage. The innovative design is specifically dedicated to surge protection, grounding, and structural lightning protection to ensure that your facility receives security from lightning damage.
You can reach out to us for more information and see why we are the industry leaders in preventing common lightning damage for oil and gas companies.