French firm Rubis Group operates downstream petroleum and chemical facilities, and its Rubis Terminal division manages 14 facilities along the North Sea, English Channel, the islands of Corsica and Sardinia in the Mediterranean Sea, and inland ports in France and Germany.
The company wanted to make its new terminal facility in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, the world’s most operationally and energy efficient facilities of its kind. Rubis Terminal designed the facility for storing and handling mineral oil products and chemicals, and accommodating marine vessel, train, truck, and pipeline transportation. The company says that it has held the zero-emissions facility to the absolute highest standard for low energy consumption and minimal environmental impact.
World-class Lighting Needed
The company says that conventional fluorescent and linear flood lights are inefficient and unacceptable for the zero-emissions facility at Rotterdam. The firm also says that the conventional lighting also made it difficult for their staff to perform their work without using supplemental an temporary, portable lights. In addition, ongoing maintenance was a challenge, according to Rubis. In fact, the company says that to maintain and repair the conventional lighting workers had to build scaffolding and work at high elevation, in teams of two, while using portable lighting. As an industrial facility, Rubis found that vibration from equipment can take a heavy toll on the fixtures, and cause frequent failures.
Project Goals Included Energy Efficiency, Sustainability, and Lower Operating Costs
With the new Rotterdam location, designers wanted a better solution for lighting. So, they chose the latest-generation LED fixtures from Dialight to provide the most energy-efficient, safe and reliable illumination. The company wanted to reduce total energy consumption and improve sustainability. At the same time, they wanted to reduce demand for maintenance and lower operating cost. In addition, with its harbor location, reducing light pollution to improve the well-being of both humans and wildlife was a priority. Therefore, Dark Sky-compliant lighting was a must. Also, the lighting had to withstand the salt spray from the North Sea.
Dialight Industrial LED Lighting Meets Requirements
Rubis’ Arthur Wrana, E/I & A Supervisor, attended the Tank Storage Expedition in hopes of finding suppliers for its new construction project. There, he met Marcel van Gemst, CTO at Unique Light. The two discussed lighting options for the new facility. After choosing to work together, they reviewed quotes from three different suppliers.
They settled on Dialight. However, to bolster their decision and ensure they were making the right choice, van Gemst consulted five colleagues for their review of the Dialight product. Each one reportedly gave an enthusiastic recommendation.
“Dialight’s product outshone the competition for its rugged but appealing look, reliability and light efficacy,” Wrana said. “The outstanding warranty made this the smartest investment for our new state-of-the-art terminal.”
Unique Light began designing a lighting plan using 3D modeling to determine and illustrate the specific placement of the lights for maximum efficiency and efficacy.
Dialight Products Installed
The company installed: 117 of Dialight’s 2,600-lumen ATEX SafeSite® Linears; 20 of the 5,100-lumen ATEX SafeSite® Linears;
14 of the ATEX IIB Zone 1 & 21 SafeSite® High Bays; 19 of the ATEX SafeSite® Wallpacks/Bulkheads; 5 of the 6,000-lumen ATEX 360-degree SafeSite® Area Lights; 18 of the 2,200-lumen ATEX 360-degree SafeSite® Area Lights; 22 of the stainless steel DuroSite® Linears (incluing 2,600 and 5,100 lumen, non-certified); and 57 of the 10,000-lumen, 130W StreetSense® street lights (non-hazardous).
Fortunately for Rubis, Dialight backs each fixture with its exclusive 5-, 7- or 10-year full performance warranty, covering the entire fixture. The warranties assured Rubis that the fixtures would be virtually maintenance-free for many years, and Dialight also says that its fixtures are highly resistant to salt-spray corrosion. Additionally, the high lumen output and high CRI, ensures that temporary and supplemental lighting is not necessary for the workers.
“We’ve been extremely pleased with the Dialight products,” Wrana said. “They not only give us the high efficiency and low emissions we needed to meet our specifications, but they also give our facility a modern, safe and vibrant look, which our staff and customers both appreciate.”
Rubis says that the project was so successful, it plans to expand the project to retrofit existing terminals with new, Dialight LED fixtures.