Lightning and Static Protection for Fracking
Frack tank fires can be avoided with an engineered approach to static and lightning protection
Fracking process equipment includes lined storage tanks, skid-mounted power generators, skid-mounted pumps, sensors, and control and communication equipment. The flow of fracking fluids generates static within the lined storage tanks. The tanks are also a target for direct lightning strikes. A planned approach to grounding, bonding, and static control for these tanks is a necessity to avoid in-tank fires. A carefully design lightning protection system, integrated with grounding, bonding, and static control techniques, provides comprehensive protection from ignition. When generators, pumps, sensors, and control equipment exist alongside independent ground systems, equipment-damaging ground loops can occur during lightning events.