Oil and Gas
Oil and Gas
Numerous land sites and close to 500 oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico use small wind or hybrid solar/wind systems to provide power for SCADA systems and lighting. Rather than consuming oil with thermal-electric generators, companies from Exxon/Mobil to Kerr-McGee rely exclusively on Southwest Windpower small wind generators for providing power on their offshore platforms. Small wind has become a standard on these platforms because it offers greater system reliability while reducing the photovoltaic footprint on the platform, which in turn reduces the structure’s wind load. Small wind systems are extremely effective at providing small amounts of power on platforms even in volatile environments. Special explosion-resistant diversion loads safely dissipate any extra energy not used on the platform.
Southwest Windpower turbines are used to provide power to cathodic protection systems on submerged marine platforms, buried oil and natural gas pipelines and wells, and tank bottoms. The turbines power battery banks that provide a low-voltage electric current to prevent corrosion to metal pipes, industrial systems or other infrastructure components that are submerged in water or buried in the earth.
Which System is Right for Your Site?
System configuration depends on site needs and wind and solar resources. An ideal system includes both wind and solar units to offset seasonal and daily fluctuations in wind and solar energy.
Learn more To get started, contact a Southwest Windpower representative at (928) 779-9463.