The oil and gas sector is the prime driving power behind developments in the global economy. Continuous modernization of the industry is crucial in order to maintain the adequate supply of upstream and downstream oil products for worldwide consumption. Future proof automation and data communications within the sector is pivotal in improving operational efficiency and safety. Rugged equipment such as Westermo’s Ethernet Switches for oil and gas play a big role in refineries, chemical plants, offshore and onshore oil rigs and pipelines as they are used to monitor extensive complexes and transportation facilities.
Energy companies are looking more closely at their safety processes and regulations, finding places to improve and working to ensure the safety of their employees and the environment. The oil and gas industry can succeed only with the use of high end technology featured in Westermo’s product lines. Major oil and gas companies rely on Westermo to recommend the right solution to ensure that their production stays on schedule and that they manage their hazardous environments in the best possible way.
Personnel in the oil and gas industry frequently operate in hazardous environments that are highly infused with inflammable components. Explosive atmospheres can be caused by gases, mists, vapours or by combustible dusts. With a certain level of concentration of these substances, a source of ignition may be all that is needed to cause a disastrous explosion. The ramifications are both loss of life and destruction of material. Preventing releases of hazardous substances which can be the cause of explosive atmospheres and preventing sources of ignition are two widely used ways of reducing risks using ATEX or IECEx certified equipment.
The mainstream certification schemes for electrical networks in hazardous areas in operation around the world are ATEX and IECEx.
The following countries are signed up to the IECEx scheme:
Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA.
Sales, Westermo North America