ATEX UV Disinfection for Explosive Atmospheres & Hazardous Areas
Operating in a hazardous area? It’s now a legal obligation to install equipment that reduces risk in areas such as ATEX Classified Zones.
Why You Need a UV Disinfection System Design for ATEX Certification
From drilling decks and accommodation platforms to upstream refineries, many oil, gas and petrochemical installations now require equipment to be installed in hazardous areas and ATEX classified zones. Explosive atmospheres can be caused by any number of flammable gases, mists, vapours and combustible dust. When a sufficient quantity of hazardous material is mixed with air, it’s easy to cause an explosion. All that’s needed is a source of ignition, such as a spark or even a high surface temperature.
Locations classified as hazardous zones are now required by law to be protected from sources of ignition. While there are many UV systems available on the market, there are few that can meet the strict requirements of the ATEX and IECEX directives. These requirements revolve around rigorous installation practices. This makes such area zones a sufficient compliance risk if site managers are unsure of their legal obligations.
Luckily, atg Evoqua is the world’s leading supplier of ATEX certified UV disinfection systems.
We have supplied some of the world’s leading oil and gas operators — including Statoil, Shell, Transocean, Petronas, Conoco Phillips, GDF Suez, and Total — with ATEX & IECEX Zone 1 and Zone 2 rated UV Systems and ATEX-certified skid packages. Needless to say, if you’re looking for a reliable source of information about how to get ATEX certified, our expert team is more than qualified to help. We can provide advice on hazardous zones and which UV systems are sufficient for such area zones.
Looking for a UV disinfection system that you can trust? Contact us to receive advice from industry experts.
Pictured above: One of our experts with an atg Evoqua ATEX SP-25-4S UV Package. We provide ATEX-certified equipment like this to protect explosive environments.
A unique feature of the atg Evoqua design is the development of the world’s first Ex D design for both the control panel and UV Chamber. Ex D equipment utilises a flameproof design that can fully withstand the pressure released from an internal explosion.
Using specially engineered Ex D joints, the UV chambers and control panel enclosures allow the release of expansion gases following an internal explosion to be relieved through the joints while not permitting the flames or any other sources of ignition to be transmitted into the external atmosphere.
Compared to Ex P or purged designs, which use positive pressure from a safe gas supply such as nitrogen to create a safe area within the panel, Ex D solutions are favoured by oil and gas operators as a significantly safer alternative.
Ex D equipment is proven to be a more robust technology that is typically smaller and lighter and requires significantly less installation and maintenance activity. In addition, due to the complex nature of Ex P designs and the requirement for a constant safe air supply (nitrogen), Ex D solutions are often far more cost-effective.
Typically, atg Evoqua designs are suitable for ATEX Zones 1 and 2 and designed for Temperature Classification T3 and Gas Groups IIA, IIB and IIC as standard.
What’s more, you’ll receive application straight from the UV manufacturer, ensuring you are comfortable that the installation is completed to a high standard by someone who fully understands the technology. We understand your ATEX requirements and provide a fully integrated system from production to installation. You won’t have to deal with several suppliers, sites or support workers to get UV treatment that you can trust.
Get ATEX certified the safe way directly from the UV treatment manufacturer.
How to Get UV Disinfection for Explosive Atmospheres and Hazardous Areas
As the world leader for hazardous area solutions, atg Evoqua can provide either standalone UV systems or fully integrated ATEX skid packages featuring all the required equipment, including valves, filters, pumps and instrumentation.
To find out which UV system is right for you, we assess your case independently to ensure that we’re giving you accurate, expert advice on which UV technology is suitable for your site.
All you need to do is to provide us with details of your project and we’ll be able to make recommendations based on the valuable information you give us. For each prospective client, we provide a free 15-minute consultation, which allows us to discuss the logistics of your site. We’ll ask key questions about your site’s production, its size and the materials used within the environment to make an informed decision about what UV treatment we’ll recommend.