Arc Flash Case Study

How our client reduces Arc Flash injury risk

Did you know…

  • Arc Flashes have the highest risk of occurring in older/obsolete Electrical installations and can reach 34,000°F? That’s 4X the temp of the Sun!
  • 200+ Arc flash incidents are recorded in Canada annually; a number are fatalities.
Our client is a North American Energy provider of natural gas, crude oil and power facilities across North America highlighted with a natural gas pipeline system of 90,000+ kms which transports more than 25% of North American natural gas demand.

Client Challenge

  • HSE Risk / Reducing number of unplanned site visits and reduction in safety risks at site are paramount, this is specifically concerning during high production winter months.
  • Aging or Obsolescent Switch Gear and Motor Control Centre (MCC) Equipment is common in most remote Compressor field locations, additional maintenance and attention is required.
  • Arc flashes can generate:
    • Explosions with possible fragmentation of equipment
    • Molten metal up to 225 °C can travel up to 1000 km/h
    • Shockwaves producing extreme pressure, noise, and intense light

Team

  • Area Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Regional PM
  • Electrical SME
  • Controls SME
  • Operations
  • Regional E&I Specialist
  • Site Technicians (E&I)
  • Area Manager
  • Regional Manager
  • Regional PM
  • Electrical SME
  • Controls SME
  • Operations
  • Regional E&I Specialist
  • Site Technicians (E&I)
BASE CONCEPTS HAS AN EYE ON THE BIG PICTURE, WE COLLABORATE WITH OUR PARTNERS TO EXECUTE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS TURNKEY TO OUR CLIENT’S GREATER SATISFACTION. WE DO WHAT WE SAY AND SAY WHAT WE DO.

Client Solution

BASE Concepts completed system facility audit including cabling health, grounding calculations and peripheral equipment:

  • Project management, engineering, drafting, and commissioning documentation for facility modernization.
  • Modernize MCC equipment based off facility audits that includes the following considerations: operability, maintenance, environmental impact, life cycle costs and future opportunity for remote diagnostics.
  • Program to be established for additional sites/assets. Power study and Energy saving audit.

Client Benefits

  • Continued protection of site personnel and contractors as well as existing equipment.
  • Sustained system reliability decreases call outs and reduces outage time improving profitability.
  • Stats Canada estimates job site fatality could have a financial impact of up to $2.5M

HSE

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO REGIONAL SYSTEM ISSUES

REDUCED MAINTENANCE & OUTAGE TIME

REDUCED SERVICE VEHICLE TRAFFIC

ELIMINATED CALL OUTS FOR OPERATIONAL STAFF DUE TO REGIONAL SYSTEM ISSUES

REDUCED MAINTENANCE & OUTAGE TIME

REDUCED SERVICE VEHICLE TRAFFIC

Additional Obsolescence Solutions

  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Auxiliary Power Units
  • PLC Controls
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Motor Control Centres (MCC)
  • Switch Gear
  • Power Factor Correction
  • Auxiliary Power Units
  • PLC Controls
  • Safety and Fire/Gas Protection
  • Regulatory Compliance

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