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New light fittings for North Sea oil and gas platforms   

Published: 4 July 2019 - Carly Wills

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 is a UKNorth Sea independent oil and gas company that has a diversi?ed portfolio of interests in five of the ten largest production hubs in the UK North Sea. It operates eight ?elds with 21 wells and partners some of the world’s largest companies in 17 non-operated ?elds with 147 wells. Chrysaor operates three gas and condensate platforms in the Central North Sea – Armada, Everest and Lomond. These platforms are currently part-way through replacing their T8 fluorescent light fittings with TX60 LED linear light fittings from Glamox.

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. Chrysaor estimates that it will take up to four years to complete this process, as it needs to replace the lighting in stages in line with platform maintenance schedules.

After a very thorough lighting supplier evaluation process, Chrysaor decided to move away from fluorescent technology to LED.

Chrysaor 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. Most LED lights are installed in Zone 2 hazardous areas, with some in Zone 1 too.

TX60 LED light fittings are specifically designed to enable rapid, easy replacement of existing T8 fluorescent light fittings without requiring any additional design or installation changes. The TX60 LED is suitable for onshore and offshore oil and gas and marine installations, where reduction of lighting maintenance and operating costs are critical. Designed with comparable light distribution, lumen output, colour temperature and colour rendering to conventional T8 fluorescent light fittings, the TX60 LED can be installed indoors or outdoors in a Zone 1 or a Zone 2 hazardous area.

As there is no need for any lamp, ballast or driver replacements, the TX60 LED light fittings are fully sealed, virtually maintenance-free units. With its modular design, an IP66/67 Ex e enclosure and an IP66 Ex m LED, the TX60 is designed for harsh environments. The combination of LED technology, heat sink and limited sealing gasket length means that ingress of water and moisture to the light fitting (which can result in earth faults) is eliminated.

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.



 
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