Energy

Whether it is to do with the production, distribution, transport or storage of electricity, gas or oil, the energy sector is the sector most affected by the problems associated with thunderstorms and lightning.

In 2010, 50% of short-circuits affecting RTE, which operates the electricity transmission network in France, were linked to lightning.                         

Again, in France, the BARPI recorded 10 accidents in 2010 and 2011: 6 were in this sector (refineries, electricity transformers, gas distribution stations, oil and gas pipelines, pressurisation stations etc.).

The chief value of lightning information lies in the possibility of being able to “track” the thunderstorm in real time, in order to anticipate those areas where anomalies are likely to occur. That means, for example, that energy distribution can be reconfigured accordingly (e.g. shut-downs or load-shedding), or response teams sent to the right place should a fault be triggered.  That also means that certain end customers such as the biggest energy consumers can be kept better informed, which improves the quality of customer service. Lightning information is also of great value in managing work on power lines. Finally, optimising the movements of response teams, who can be sent out to exactly the right place thanks to the efficient matching of the incident with the location of a lightning strike, is an essential factor in risk management.

Météorage has been serving a large number of customers in this business segment for a number of years.

  

In electricity grid management, we can offer solutions for:

  • production sites: power stations, hydroelectric dams, wind farms etc.
  • transmission: dispatch stations, grid maintenance, maintenance work management
  • distribution: grid management, maintenance

 

In the oil and gas sector:

  • Oil: refineries and fuel storage depots, pipelines
  • Gas: gas pipelines, pressurisation stations, underground storage sites

                

Our solutions:

  

Météorage offers services designed to help these businesses manage and minimise their lightning risk:

  • “JObs” Software to optimise network management in case of a thunderstorm, to mobilise on-call staff, match network faults or customer reports to lightning strike locations, establish lightning strike statistics etc..
  • Lightning alert to implement safety procedures on site in good time, such as halting loading/unloading operations, evacuating personnel from storage or other high-risk areas, starting up an independent power supply etc..
  • Remote lightning counter to match up damage found on site with the presence or absence of lightning strikes.