Petro Guardian’s direct strike mitigation system protects flammable environments.
Direct lightning strikes are a clear and present danger to the oilfield industry. During lightning formation, a cloud sends a stepped leader towards the ground. However, before reaching ground, multiple upward streamers attempt to connect with and win attachment to the step leader, creating the main lightning strike.A streamer formation also provides ample heat to ignite flammable gasses. Petro Guardian’s direct strike mitigation system protects flammable environments from both streamers and direct lightning strikes.
Conventional technologies used for lightning protection are not necessarily the best systems to use in a flammable environment. For example, a typical franklin rod, while effective for presenting a single point for lightning to strike and conduct to ground, is not the right solution for tank batteries. Catenary wire lightning protection systems are not suitable either because they provide lightning attachments points within the flammable gas column. For tank batteries, simply grounding a lightning strike is not enough. Petro Guardian’s solution deploys streamer delaying air terminals with an ionizing head, instead of a single blunt point.
Direct lightning protection is only one part of the solution to avoid lightning and static induced tank fires. Contact Petro Guardian
for more information about the other four parts to protect production and SWD tank batteries: indirect strike protection, static protection, grounding and bonding
, and load out protection.