Relays help prevent storm-generated power failures

Relays installed in Occidental Permian Ltd.'s operations in the Permian basin of West Texas and New Mexico have contributed to decreased power distribution and equipment failures caused by electrical storms, according to the relay manufacturer Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman, Wash.Schweitzer says "Anyone who works in the oil fields of the Permian basin understands the catastrophic damage that lightning can wreak on power systems. Frequent storms have plagued oil and gas producers in the Permian basin since they first began to drill there in the 1920s." To increase oil production, Occidental Permian Ltd. continues to develop many of the Permian basin properties it acquire...

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