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

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. We can offer solutions for:

 Electricity grid management

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

 Oil and gas

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

Renewable energy

  • Development and construction of wind farms: met masts O&M, construction phase
  • Offshore and onshore wind farms O&M
  • Solar farms O&M

Our solutions:

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

  • I-BOLT Observation 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..
  • I-BOLT Alarm Service to implement safety procedures on site in good time, such as halting loading/unloading operations, evacuating personnel from storage, heights or other high-risk areas, starting generating units, etc..
  • I-BOLT Remote Counter to match up damages with lightning strikes or to check for potential damages exactly where relevant after a lightning storm.