Lightning Protection for Compressor Station
An Engineered Approach to Grounding Compressor Stations
Natural gas compressor stations maintain pressure along the gas pipeline. A lightning strike can cause failure at the compressor station, compromising the natural gas supply. This is a serious situation, particularly during times of peak consumption.
Poor grounding and bonding at compressor stations is often overlooked under normal operations. But unprotected sensitive electronics can shut down during lightning events, resulting in compromised corrosion protection, no control of the process, and no communication with remote monitoring systems. Failure in electronics leads to loss of product, deferred product delivery, and of course dissatisfied customers. Petro Guardian’s protection plan addresses all grounding and bonding. We bond the equipment in your facility to the same ground potential, so that when a nearby lightning event occurs, the rise in potential is the same for all equipment.
A direct lightning strike is a serious threat to compressor station operations and infrastructure. Pipelines are often hit by lightning and carry this current into compressor stations. Poor grounding of pipelines can allow current to arc over isolation flanges, or to nearby grounded objects, creating ignition hazards and damage of flange insulation. Petro Guardian’s engineered lightning protection considers all aspects of protection, from preventing a direct strike on the infrastructure to integrating the lightning protection grounding and facility grounding into a unified system.