New optical flame detectors to meet Ghazlan Power Plant’s expansion plans

Published:  06 August, 2015

Spectrex’s SharpEye Optical Flame Detectors will protect four new 600MW oil and gas fired steam turbines as well as the fuel handling infrastructure and transmission equipment being installed at the plant in Saudi Arabia.

The expansions have made Ghazlan Power Plant, located on the coast of the Arabian Gulf, 80km north of Damman, the largest power generation facility in the Middle East and the 48th largest in the world.

Due to the immense size and the variety of  challenges on site, engineers selected a combination of the advanced IR3 SharpEye 40/40I and the UV/IR design SharpEye 40/40LB with the combined 4-20 mA and HART communication to allow remote setup, maintenance and diagnostics. According to Spectrex, the 150,000 hour MTBF and five-year warranty were important factors in selecting its products, 'as this environment is tough on instruments'.

Spectrex’s patented optical UV/IR and IR3 Flame Detector designs and Xenon Flash designs in OPGD detectors are commonly used in oil and gas projects.

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