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The buoys have been installed on single point moorings close to the anchors for some of the oil containment booms for the power plant, and will serve as an additional safeguard to alert to any potential accidental release of hydrocarbons from the power plant.

The hardy 1.2m buoys have a unique real time non-contact hydrocarbon sensor integrated in the high visibility top frame design, which enables the buoys to detect the fluorescence of oil spills on water autonomously and immediately alert the users to any changes or activate countermeasures.

The oil slick data / alarms can be processed directly through the instrument software or logged on the buoy to be transmitted to the client, but in this case real time data from these “Sea Oil Alarm Systems” are transmitted from the buoys to a base station via UHF radio and from there directly into the clients Central Control Room. Alarm options include visual lights/ audible signals, and email or text alerts, but it is also possible to configure automatic safety shutoffs for pumps, etc., as a response to the alarms.

The data sampling and transfer rates for these oil monitoring systems are every 2 seconds, but these can be adjusted within the software to suit location / application requirements. The robust buoy hulls are foam filled for added security and have a reserve buoyancy of approximately 400kg (after payload) with all cabling held internally to minimise wear & tear.

The highly sensitive remote non contact hydrocarbon sensor detects the following substances and can be set-up to ignore other materials that fluoresce in the same wave length:
• Fuel oils (IFO)
• Marine diesel oils (MDO)
• Gas oils
• Crude oils
• Motor oils
• Turbine oils
• Jet fuels
• Mineral oils
• Aromatic oils
• Lube oils
• Hydraulic oils
• Heating oils
• Vegetable oils

For further information please contact:
Culkin House
C8 Endeavour Business Park
Penner Road
Tel: +44 (0)2392 488 240
Email: [email protected]