LED light fittings for North Sea oil and gas platforms30 July 2019

LED lighting specialist Glamox has supplied more than 1,400 TX60 explosion-protected (Ex e) linear LED light fittings to Chrysaor, which are currently being installed across three of its gas and condensate platforms in the Central North Sea.

Chrysaor has a diversified portfolio of interests in five of the 10 largest production hubs in the UK North Sea. It operates eight fields with 21 wells and partners some of the world’s largest companies in 17 non-operated fields with 147 wells. Chrysaor operates three gas and condensate platforms in the Central North Sea – Armada, Everest and Lomond (pictured). These platforms are currently part-way through replacing their T8 fluorescent light fittings with TX60 LED linear light fittings.

The TX60 will replace the existing T8 fluorescents on a like-for-like basis, without Chrysaor having to completely revisit the lighting design.

Each platform is approximately one-third of the way through the lighting replacement programme, with the process estimated to take up to four years to complete, as the company needs to replace the lighting in stages in line with platform maintenance schedules.

After a very thorough lighting supplier evaluation process – which included detailed whole lifecycle calculations including lighting replacement & installation times, operational life, maintenance and servicing times and energy savings across the life of the lighting, Chrysaor decided to move away from fluorescent technology to LED.

It is installing two versions of the TX60 across its platforms – the standard version and a through-wired, emergency battery variant – across all areas of the platforms, except for the living quarters.

Gordon Low, area sales manager at Glamox, says: “As well as having much reduced maintenance requirements over 100,000 hours, the TX60 also reduces energy costs, providing around 30% energy savings compared to conventional T8 HF fluorescent lamps. You can simply replace an existing T8 fluorescent fixture with a TX60 LED light fitting, without any additional design or installation changes. The latest through-wired battery-operated version extends our range even further, providing our oil and gas customers with an important easy-to-install version.”

In addition to the TX60, Chrysaor will also install FX60 LED floodlights from Glamox across the three platforms. These floodlights will be installed in specific areas to illuminate flare and exhaust structures, as well as over-side escape areas.

Adam Offord

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