Arrays prevent lightning strikes at production facilities

An option available to petroleum producers for protecting facilities in high-lightning-risk areas is to install lightning-prevention arrays such as developed by Lightning Eliminators and Consultants Inc. (LEC), Boulder, Colo.During the last 35 years, the company has developed lightning-strike prevention systems that various operators have installed in a variety of oil and gas facilities including upstream production, downstream refining, and offshore oil platforms. One recent example is the installation of the arrays in the Chad-Cameroon development project operated by Esso Exploration & Production Chad Inc., a unit of ExxonMobil Corp.LEC says the zones of protection from their arrays...

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