Flowback Operations

Lightning Protection for Flowback

Well Completions and Flowback: Lightning Protection and Static Mitigation

Flowback refers to process fluids from the wellbore that return to the surface and are collected after hydraulic fracturing is completed. Workers periodically gauge the fluid levels in flowback tanks with hand-held gauges through access hatches located on the top of the tanks. The flow of volatile fracking fluids into the storage tanks causes static charge buildup, and static discharge within the tank or a discharge during the process of accessing the thief hatch can ignite the flammable vapors. Petro Guardian’s planned approach to grounding, bonding, and static control for the flowback tanks and their thief hatch can prevent catastrophic events.

Personnel at your corporate office precisely control and closely monitor the completions process, both locally and remotely using temporary but sophisticated monitoring stations and satellite communications. These electronics are frequently damaged during lightning events when the electromagnetic field induces dangerous voltage in communication cables. Petro Guardian’s diligent engineering designs the right surge protection devices, places them at the right locations, and creates a grounding design to safeguard your electronics from damage.


Damage and downtime to completions during flowback operations can be avoided with Petro Guardian’s engineered approach to grounding and bonding. Contact the team@petroguardian.com to find out how you can improve the integrity of your grounding and bonding.