Facilities related to petroleum production are some of the most sophisticated, technologically advanced, and expensive structures in the world. They tend to be large structures made mostly with metal. Every time a thunderstorm approaches, people, technical resources, and flammable material are automatically a risk. The obvious reason for this is because just one lightning strike can potentially cause damage for everyone and everything on the site. As far as petroleum lightning protection is concerned, there are three things to keep in mind with petroleum manufacturing facilities:
- Prevent sparking and flashover to adjacent equipment
- Protect sensitive electronic equipment
- Mitigate lightning strikes on flammable materials
What are the Options for Petroleum Lightning Protection?
Many petroleum facilities are still using antiquated equipment for petroleum lightning protection. This is why there has been a great deal of lightning strikes and the resultant fires and explosions on these facilities. If you are managing a petroleum facility with older equipment, then it is time to seriously think about an upgrade, especially with the help of a company like Lightning Master Corporation. Lightning Master Corporation has developed game-changing equipment that will help against potential lightning strikes for an industry that has a very little margin for error. The main objective of Lightning Master equipment is to provide lightning protection for a variety of structures and facilities.
How Does Lightning Master Accomplish Petroleum Lightning Protection?
Not only does Lightning Master Corporation follow standards set by API and NFPA guidelines; we go above and beyond these standards. The standards set by these two agencies are sometimes not enough for a comprehensive petroleum lightning protection plan. Lightning protection is much more than just sticking a piece of metal into the ground and hoping for the best. Lightning Master understands this and has come up with a multi-pronged solution to tackle petroleum lightning protection. They are:
- Bonding and grounding
- Static control
- Structural protection
Bonding & Grounding: Even though they are technically two different matters, bonding and grounding are related to each other. Both have to work well in unison to accomplish a specific task. Bonding, in the field of electronics, refers to the act of making all conductive material on the same electrical potential. This ensures a smooth flow of electricity. If uniform voltage potential does not exist, then there is the danger of arcing and sparking. Grounding, on the other hand, makes sure excess current gets drained. Both are vital for petroleum lightning protection.
Static Control: Anyone who has walked across a carpet and touched a doorknob or taken clothes out of the dryer, is familiar with static electricity. Static electricity happens when an object becomes electrically charged. This can happen to anything that conducts electricity, including a large metal facility. Lightning Master Corporation has developed state-of-the-art solutions to help negate the effects of static electricity.
Structural Protection: Structural lighting protection is a broader field which makes use of a wide variety of equipment such as candelabras, spot dissipaters, windsocks, streamer retarding air terminals (SRAT), and related hardware. Lightning Master Corporation takes pride in improving these products based on years of research in the petroleum lightning protection field.
Contact Lightning Master Corporation for Petroleum Lightning Protection
If your petroleum facility needs lightning protection, contact Lightning Master Corporation today at (800) 749-6800. We can provide lightning protection for fuel storage tanks, oil and gas facilities, and more. Our friendly knowledgeable staff will guide you to the best petroleum lightning protection in the industry.