Static Electricity Control (SEC) Static Control Services and Equipment for the Offshore Sector
Static Electricity Control (SEC) provides static control solutions and services for offshore applications, operating in South East Asia, Oceania, Australia and New Zealand.
For the offshore industry, which heavily relies on the efficient handling of hazardous materials, SEC designs and supplies products to control potentially dangerous levels of static electricity.
Static control solutions for oil and gas operations
The use of static control equipment is the most effective way to reduce risks such as fire and explosions caused by static electricity.
- Specifically designed on-site surveys and audits for static electricity
- Simulation to assess the effects of static electricity on materials and applications
- Turnkey solutions for static electricity control
- Procurement, management and associated services
With more than 25 years of experience in the hazards prevention sector, SEC continues to assist numerous government, industry group and codes of practise committees. The Centre for Static Electricity & Lightning Protection (CSELP) chairman is currently MD Cem Novella.
On-site surveys and audits for offshore platforms
Surveys and audits are conducted on-site to provide clients with a better understanding of static electricity within their processes and what the appropriate solutions are.
SEC’s audit process ensures that accurate information for quotations (RfQs) are given, as well as gathering essential data to build the foundation for the design of engineered solutions.
Oil and gas sites that store highly flammable or combustible products must comply with local standards and codes of practice regarding earthing and bonding. We provide many variations of surveys, audits and subsequent reports specifically for offshore sites to ensure that these standards are met.
Static electricity testing and simulation services
Testing is available on-site or at the SEC facility. Tests include earth network, CDI Floor and CR10 Earth, as well as the measurement of static electricity in-situ, walking body voltage, material CDI and surface resistance.
A fundamental rule for static electricity in all processes is the assurance that static electricity has a route to earth so that static electricity is able to dissipate directly by earthing/grounding or bonding. Testing functional earths and networks on an oil and gas site is essential in the ongoing maintenance of any effective control measures.
The human body is able to accumulate between 5kV and 25kV of static electricity with an energy release potential of 20mJ. Considering how many combustible materials can explode or ignite at energy levels far lower than 20mJ, it is clear why static electricity in the offshore sector is a significant ignition risk.
Customised design and engineering services
The SEC in-house team designs customised static electricity systems.
We manufacture custom-made parts so that all equipment is correctly installed, as well as complies with standards and regulations.
Some operations in the offshore industry take place in remote areas of the world. In Australia, temperatures at some offshore sites can reach 80⁰C, and cyclonic winds can reach 200km/h. In such cases, where the site must withstand adverse weather conditions, it essential that parts can be customised.
Our fit-for-purpose, fully turnkey services also include:
- Feasibility/conceptual studies
- Front-end engineering design (FEED)
- Hazardous environment assessment
- Basis of design and technical definition outlining functional performance requirements, design criteria against codes, standards and specifications
- Multi-discipline process, mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and control systems
- Project risk analysis
- Detailed design (2D or 3D modelling)
- Procurement/management and installation capabilities
SEC works with clients using various operational models. Static electricity equipment can be procured for the client to install and commission, or SEC can design, procure and install all equipment in a turnkey solution service.
Whilst in some countries it is only possible to use local contractors for equipment installation, we can provide embedded management to supervise the workforce to ensure that regulations are complied with and all design requirements are met.
Construction documentation and records can also be completed by SEC, including qualification documents, fabrication records, weld maps, material certificates and traceability, as well as inspection and test paperwork.
Our additional capabilities include:
- Sub-contract preparation and market pricing analysis
- Technical and commercial tender review and selection
- Organisation of vendor and material procurement
- Contract management, cost tracking and forecasting
- Project and site management
- Multi-discipline construction management and delivery: civil; structural, mechanical; electrical and instrumentation and controls
- Quality assurance and quality control
- Plans, procedures, work packs, JHAs / safe work method statements
- Spare part and inventory mapping
- Final commissioning records and commissioning dossier
- Documentation and maintenance mapping