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Statoil Opts for Glamox Low Maintenance FX60 LED Floodlights at Melkøya

LNG plant at MelkoyaIn order to further improve the safety of employees working at its LNG plant at Melkøya, Statoil has purchased 300 FX60 LED floodlights from lighting specialist Glamox.

The Melkøya plant in Norway is the world’s northernmost liquefied natural gas facility. The gas is transported from the Snøhvit gas field – the first offshore development in the Barents Sea.
    
The safety of employees working at the Melkøya plant is a top priority for Statoil. When a new risk analysis indicated that even floodlights installed 25 metres up in the air can be exposed to hazardous gas and therefore should be explosion-proof, Statoil decided to replace all its floodlights at Melkøya with the new FX60 LED floodlight from Glamox.

“The primary reason we chose the FX60 is that it allows us to significantly reduce maintenance costs. With regular floodlights, we incur high costs every time maintenance is needed, because we require a lift to access the luminaires,” explains Principal Engineer at Statoil, Klaus Tingvold.

The reason for the reduction in maintenance costs is that the FX60 has no flame path. A flame path triggers mandatory maintenance inspections every three years. Tingvold says that another reason for choosing a lighting product from Glamox was the lighting calculation provided in association with the project. “Glamox performed the calculations and adjusted the luminaires to achieve the correct light levels,” states Tingvold.

Reduced energy consumption
Statoil will also reduce its electricity costs as a result of the project. As Tingvold says: “We try to reduce our electricity consumption wherever we can. It’s a case of taking all these small steps that add up to a significant reduction.”

The FX60 floodlights are mounted around the main processing plant. There, they provide the appropriate lighting levels throughout the long, dark polar winter that characterises this region of Norway. “In case of an emergency blackout, the floodlights are powered by generators to ensure a secure evacuation,” adds Tingvold.

Long life product
When autumn and winter last for nine months of the year, robust outdoor lighting is critical. Carsten Bonderup, Area Sales Manager at Glamox, is confident that Statoil has made the right decision when it comes to floodlights. “The FX60 has a wide ambient temperature range from -50°C up to +55°C,” he states, whilst also pointing out the new advanced integrated circuit LED driver as the most important advantage of the FX60 luminaire.

“The drivers are the weakest link in most LED lighting solutions. However, the IC driver of the FX60 provides an estimated product lifetime of 120,000 hours or 14 years, as well as a much improved system efficiency and negligible maintenance,” says Bonderup.

Facts about Melkøya and Snøhvit

•    Melkøya is an island in Finnmark, the northernmost county of Norway.
•    In 2007, the first gas from the Snøhvit field in the Barents Sea was brought ashore to the LNG plant at Melkøya.
•    Snøhvit is the first offshore development in the Barents Sea.
•    Snøhvit is the first major development on the Norwegian continental shelf with no surface installations.
•    The seabed facilities are designed to be over-trawlerable, so that neither they nor fishing equipment will suffer any damage from coming into contact.
•    No fixed or floating units are positioned in the Barents Sea. Instead, the subsea production facilities stand on the seabed, in water depths of 250 to 345 metres.
•    The output from Snøhvit is transported to Melkøya through a 143km pipeline. 

 

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