Our experienced engineering team works collaboratively with your operations and engineering group to co-develop a standardized approach to protecting your assets from the dangers of ignitions caused by lightning strikes and static discharge. Our plans incorporate and comply with standards for lightning protection and static mitigation, including NFPA, IEEE, API, and IEC.
Grounding and bonding is the foundation for any lightning and static protection system. Attachment to earth is critical; grounding needs to be for a specific purpose and to meet a specific standard.
Lightning travels on the skin of conductors, which is why UL rated lightning grounding cables are made from uncoated strands of loosely woven wires. Other UL 96 grounding and bonding components have the mass and surface contact needed to carry lightning’s current. Just like a chain, a bonding and grounding system is only as good as its weakest link. A properly installed system of UL 96 rated grounding and bonding components creates a low impedance path to ground.
We recommend installing ground rods on opposite sides of a tank battery and bonds each critical component to a dedicated lightning conductor trunk line. Our recommended bonding and grounding system includes bonding of thief hatches, vent pipes, catwalks, bull plugs, tank lift straps, tank sticks and all metal bodies in the tank battery’s vapor space. While grounding and bonding remains the foundation for a production or SWD tank battery’s protection system, http://lonestarlightning.com/contact for more information about the other 4 parts of the protection plan: lightning protection, indirect strike protection, static protection, and load out protection.
Petrochemical storage tanks at Oil & Gas Production and Disposal facilities are particularly susceptible to lightning strikes, especially those made from fiberglass. The buildup of static electricity is also a common predicament. Given the often natural volatility of the contents in these tanks, a subsequent explosion and fire caused by lightning or static buildup can have absolutely catastrophic effects. LES has developed a three-part standard installation procedure to help mitigate the effects of static buildup and lightning events on storage tanks.
Lightning Protection for Drilling Rigs
Drilling rigs can easily be 100 feet. Tall and housed with sensitive electronic and control equipment that handle flammable material. Lightning events are capable of devastating every major drilling electrical system, interrupt the programming of control devices, isolate the communications of the operation and even cause fires and explosions that could lead to the loss of lives, and extensive damage to both the environment and property. LES has developed a four-part standard installation procedure to help mitigate the effects of lightning on Drilling Rigs
Telecommunication towers such as cellular, microwave communication, television broadcast or radio repeaters are generally very tall structures, placed in remote and often isolated locations. All equipment with electronics and control equipment are very sensitive to Lightning and Lightning Electromagnetic Pulses. Their maintenance and repair usually requires technicians to travel to remote distances which results in long duration downtime that costs the operators large amount of revenue loss and loss in customer satisfaction. LES has developed a four-part standard installation procedure to help mitigate the effects of lightning on communication facilities.