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Oil, Gas & Mining Industry

24-hours availability of your air transport

Oil, Gas and Mining companies often operate sites that are located in remote areas. Relatively quick transportation of goods and personnel can be performed only via air. Air transport is performed either by helicopters or airplanes. In both cases air transport requires certain infrastructure to operate. Runway, helipad or temporary landing zone belong to critical airtransport infrastructure which should be designed and maintainted in accordance with demanding aviation standards. Poor infrastructure can easily jeopardize safety of your personnel or goods being transported.
Industrial customers that contact S4GA are struggling to increase capabilities of their air transportaion. Their main goal is to provide their airfleet with ability to safely land and take-off during night time and in low-visibility conditions. Due to lack of conventional electrical grid within location of extraction and mining sites – S4GA offer such customers Hybrid Airfield Ground Lighting (H-AGL). H-AGL system  operates independently of electrical grid, is fully autonomous and wiressly controlled.

plug-and-play lighting system
that can be installed by anyone

When we speak to our customers that are planning to illuminate airstrip or helipad at their mining site – we are usually told almost the same story:“We have contacted several companies and have been offered with conventional systems that we now nothing about. To install this system we need to hire specialized construction company. Why? Because conventional lighting requires complex electrical circuit to be designed and accurately built. To run our system we require costly power generators as we have no regular power supply where we are. Power generator is an additional significant investment that we are required to make.

S4GA Hybrid Airfield Ground Lighting is revolutionary plug-and-play lighting system that can be installed by typical mining site crew. Installation of simple temporary lighting takes not more than 60 minutes, if fixed (more advance) system is installed at an airport: it would take 2-3 days. There is no need to involve construction company as all works are done “above” the ground level. No trenching, no laying cables or checking electrical circuit is required.

no more time-consuming fault detection

Next key point on the list of every customer is system maintenance. Every system requires regular inspections in order to extend its lifespan and decline probability of critical faults. Conventional AGL is energized by electrical circuit that includes multiple elements such as: lighting fittings, constant current regulators, isolating transformers, hundreds meters of primary and secondary cables, joints, etc. Yes – conventional lighting today is built of reliable components. But as with every reliable components – failure of one component may lead to failure of entire or part of the lighting system. Main issue with electrical circuit is that when lighting is not functioning properly – it is almost impossible to identify the reason without time-consuming inspection performed by highly-qualified electrical engineer. Large commercial airports usually hire entire electrical engineering team to be able to maintain electrical systems on a daily basis. For such airports it makes much sense as airports operations are their core business. Lack of lighting even for a short amount of time may result in dangerous situation or lead to financial losses due to redirection of air traffic to alternate airports.

Oil, Gas and Mining companies use their airfields or helipads not to run but to support their core business. Which is why cost-effective maintenance is usually a key factor.

In comparison to conventional lighting – Hybrid system is built of two types of components: lighting units and control unit. Each of these elements operates 100% autonomously. In other words: there is no “bottle-neck” or “master-slave” relationship with the system. This means that even in a worst-case scenario – when one, two or more hybrid units are off – the rest of the system will continue to operate. When lighting unit is not operating – you can almost immediately identify what happened and simple replace the unit in 5 minutes. In case of conventional lighting one may require hours to identify which part (cable, transformer, joint, lack of electricity, etc.) of entire system is not working properly.

Products overview

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Customers’ opinions

  • Dhaalu Airport Holding
    Ahmed Latheef, General Manager
    On behalf of Dhaalu Airport I am delighted to recommend S4GA as highly professional company. We are looking forward to promote S4GA lighting for other airports on Maldives. Thank you for your support and cooperation as always
  • Héli-Union - Off-shore Helicopter Operator
    Jonathan Cosson, Technical Director
    S4GA helipad lighting is easy to install, operate and requires almost no maintenance. Our pilots are satisfied with visibility range provided by the lighting
  • Momtaz Engineering
    Abdullatiff Algabassi, Executive Manager
    I would like to confirm that S4GA company has successful executed Hybrid Airfield Ground Lighting delivery for military airport located in Libya
  • Polish Air Ambulance
    Robert Gałązkowski, Director
    The S4GA hybrid helipad lighting system has been succesfully installed. The necessary measurements and helicopter reference flight has been performed as well as approval of CAA
  • Polish Military Forces
    Tomasz Hoffman, Commanding Officer
    During the performance of the contract S4GA demonstrated professional execution of ordered supplies
  • Polish State Flight Academy in Chelm
    Łukasz Puzio, Head of Aviation Training Center
    S4GA products meet the highest standards of quality and reliability. We recommend S4GA as trustworthy partner that provides its services in professional and reliable manner
  • Versatile Air Services - fixed-wing charter company
    Dominic Danilovic, General Manager
    On behalf of Versatile Air Services I would like to confirm that S4GA has successfully delivered portable runway lighting to support continuity of air taxi and air cargo operations performed by Versatile Air Services. The system has been in use for almost a year now and we are very satisfied with its performance, reliability and the visibility range it is providing to our pilots.

Affordable alternative for conventional (wired) lighting

Conventional runway lighting is a highly complex system. Energized by electrical circuit – it requires advanced infrastructure including: constant current regulators, isolating transformers, thousand meters of primary and secondary cables, etc. Unlike conventional cable-based lighting Hybrid system is 100% wireless and consists of independent lighting units. There is no need to build complicated electrical circuit which significantly lowers overall cost of Hybrid AGL. Less complex system makes it easier to maintain and troubleshoot.

Products overview

Hybrid lightingSee products
Portable lightingSee products