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JOIN US @ Booth 050
Eko Hotels & Suites Convention Centre, VI, Lagos
GIL Automations Limited invites you to visit our team at this year’s edition of the Society of Petroleum Engineer – Nigeria Annual International Conference & Exhibition (NAICE).
August 5th – 7th 2019

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GIL Automations Limited & Her Technology Partners invite you to her Annual Technology Conference holding in both Lagos & Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 3rd & 5th September 2019 respectively. This event shall include hands-on training on leading technology for digital industrialization and Focus industries include Oil & Gas, Power, Utilities, Manufacturing and Food & Beverage.

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Gil training institute in collaboration with Schlumberger/NAOC and NCDMB embark on a one year journey to train interns on ‘NAOC ARTIFICIAL LIFTING PROJECT-Human Capacity Development Training Program’
At the end of the one year program, a closing ceremony discussing the Highlight of the one year program was held at Gil Training Institute Multi-purpose Hall where some of the officials from NCDMB, NAOC and Schlumberger were represented.
Some of the things discussed at the closing ceremony were the achievement of each trainee during the course of the program and opportunities which is now made available to them through this one year program.

Trainees were also awarded certificate of ON THE JOB training and competency, award were given to outstanding trainees who demonstrated good conduct during the one year program.
With the success of the program, the event ended on the note that there could be future collaboration between NCDMB and GIL TRAINING Institute.

GIL has been a major player in the HCD program based on past and ongoing exercise. We will continue to strive to sustain this performance and also enhance further improvement.

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Honeywell Notifier Fire addressable Fire Alarm Panels is a very robust fire Alarm system that is designed and developed to provide fire detection for a varying range of facilities. Depending on the type and operation being carried out within the facility, the Notifier Addressable fire Alarm system has various types of modules that can be integrated and adapted in order to accommodate varying number of detection types e.g. gas detectors, Smoke detectors, Rate of rise detectors among others
The Notifier Fire Alarm Panel have the capacity to be Networked and monitored remotely for activities going on within the facility. Apart from the varying types and forms of the detection it can be integrated with, it can also be linked to Pressure switches, Control valves among other components within the Hydrant and Sprinkler systems. These different input devices can be used with the Notifier Fire Alarm systems in order to control, alert/notify or trigger a given set of Operation to mitigate or activate an already programmed event.
The flexibility and the robustness of this panel cannot be over-emphasized as it can be configured in various and dynamic ways in order to meet your process needs.
You should think Notifier Addressable Systems due to one or all of the following reasons
⦁ Safety of Life: The number one reason to install a fire alarm is to make the building safe for your employees and customers. A combination of smoke and heat detectors, sirens and bells, and strobe lights detect and alert building occupants of a fire, giving them ample time to evacuate.
⦁ Reduced Property Loss/Damage: While strobe lights and sirens do not actively put out fires, they alert the people who around. The fire control process begins when trained personnel attack a small fire with an extinguisher. Once people are alerted of the presence of a fire, they begin to make frantic efforts to get the fire extinguished and thereby reducing extensively the damage to the property.
⦁  Reduced Business Downtime: Less building damage means shorter downtime until you can re-open for business. This helps to cut down on losses from the fire outbreak, allowing you to return to business as usual before long.
⦁ Insurance Benefits: Most insurance carriers offer discounted rates on business insurance policy premiums if you have a code-compliant fire alarm system. In fact, some providers require you to install a fire alarm before they will insure your business.

Notifier Fire Alarm Panels

GIL Automation is the authorized distributor for Notifier by Honeywell in Nigeria and West Africa Sub-region; we have trained and certified in-house Engineers who can support you for your various Fire detection needs. Our project reference is extensive and available upon request.
Kindly contact us at sales@gilautomation for more information and enquires

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Kidde ADS TM Clean Agent Fire suppression system is an innovative advanced delivery clean agent fire suppression system developed to provide fire protection for larger enclosures requiring longer agent flow distances.
The ADS with its patented-technology of “piston flow” feature, has the capability of delivering greater mass flow rates (2.5 to 3 times faster) than a standard clean agent system (ECS FM-200 and ECS NOVEC-1230). This innovation allows networking of longer pipe runs in complex configurations with smaller pipe sizes for protection of larger hazard areas.
With Advanced Delivery system support of Nitrogen at 1800 psi and Maximum design flexibility, Kidde ADS systems can protect hazards at 180Ft away for FM-200 and NOVEC-1230.
Kidde ADS systems have some rare qualities that have made it perfect suppression system for below applications:
 Server Rooms
 Process Control Rooms
 Data Processing Areas
 Electronic Switch Rooms
 Battery Rooms
 Large Manufacturing Complexes
 Telecommunications Facilities
 Internet Hosting Facilities

These very rare qualities include:
 Maximized uptime i.e. minimized downtime in fire event
 Environmentally friendly agent
 Clean agent – No left behind residue
 Agent safe for occupied spaces
 Distant storage space
 Complex pipe network
 Central storage for ease of maintenance.
 Protection of multiple hazards from common cylinder bank
 Lower overall installed cost


These characteristics allow the ADS System to be a virtual “drop-in” replacement for existing Halon 1301 systems. Most installations will require only new nozzles and agent storage cylinders and can use most of the existing pipework—providing substantial savings when retrofitting existing systems.
Have you been thinking of protecting your multiple hazards with common bank of cylinder, think no more, the solution is now available with Kidde ADVANCED DELIVERY SYSTEM. Just have a look below what Kidde ADS can do for you!
MULTIPLE HAZARDS! COMMON BANK OF CYLINDERS … Only Kidde ADS can do this.
Do you also know that with KIDDE ADS, No residue is left after discharge and none of your equipment
will be tainted?

For Single Hazard Also? Yes, Kidde ADS do not discriminate sizes or number of enclosures!


KIDDE ADS cylinder with N2 Pilot!
The good news is that GIL Automations as a certified distributors of Kidde Fire systems have complete solutions for Kidde ADS systems. From Specification, optimized design and flow calculations to installation, commissioning and Life cycle support, we will deliver.
Why not contact us @ sales@gilautomation.com, so we have this solution delivered for your HAZARD protections!

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What is an Electrical Earthing?

The relationship between electrical appliances at homes, offices, etc., and the earth plate electrodes through a thick wire of low resistance to ensure safety is known as ‘Earthing’.

Earthing system in an Electrical network which works as a safety measure to protect human lives and equipment. Earthing system is majorly to create an alternative path for dangerous currents to flow, avoiding accidents due to electric shock and damage to equipment.

Metal parts of equipment are connected to the earth and if the equipment insulation fails perhaps, then the high voltages that can be present in the outer box or equipment covering will make use of some path to get discharged. Dangerous voltages can be transferred to anyone who touches it, resulting in an electric shock if the equipment is not earthen. The fuse blows immediately the circuit gets shorted; if a life wire touches the earthed case.

Why is it necessary to have an Earthing system?

This question comes up when you have sockets, wires, all the required equipment and well maintained electrical devices. So, why is there a need for an earthing system?

The answer is easy…

Earthing system gives you safety by making the equipment electrically shock free.

Some advantages of Earthing system are:

  • Human lives and electrical devices are safe from electrical shock which can cause death and damage of equipment by blowing a fuse, while buildings are safe from structural damages when a safe path for lightning and short circuit currents are provided.
  • Earthing also helps in stabilizing voltage, because electricity comes from different sources and every transformer can be seen as a separate source. Also in the electrical system, electrical paths are created to minimize the dangerous effects which happen at the time of lightening and unintentional contact with high voltage lines by the Earthing system.
  • For high frequency transients (such as switching transients or lightning strikes), earthing provides a path/place to dissipate this energy, as opposed to travelling to earth through something more sensitive.

IEC60364 is a universally acceptable standard which formally defines the different types of Earthing arrangement; it also defines the three families of earthing arrangement which are;

  • TN-Network
  • TT-Network
  • IT-Network

Other notable standard includes, BS7671, BSEN50522, BS7430 and BS7354.

The conventional method of Earthing is the plate type and pipe type Earthing.

A cast iron plate, galvanized iron plate or a copper plate are some basic components of plate Earthing. The plate is buried 8feet into the ground with bolts in a vertical position. These pits are usually filled up with layers of salt and charcoal up to 4feets starting from the bottom. On the other hand, earthing pipes are used in the electrical installation and transmission lines. Copper pipes are generally used in pipe type Earthing. There’s also rod earthing and strip/wire earthing.

For almost 12 years, GIL Automation LTD has been working to provide the best services, with affordable prices for quality earthing services. Now that you know this, let’s set up Earthing system at your homes, offices or business places.

We believe in safe Electricity, and you can believe in us. Don’t wait for an Electrical Emergency, contact us for any queries, and set up an earthing system today!

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A gas detector is a device that detects the presence of gases in an area, which is often as part
of a safety system. The equipment is used to detect a gas leak or other emissions and can
interface with a control system so a process can be automatically shut down.
A gas detector can sound an alarm to operators in the area where the leak is occurring,
giving them the opportunity to leave. This type of device is important in industries and homes
where gas is used, because there are many gases that can be harmful to humans or animals.

USES OF GAS DETECTORS
This type of device is used in industry and can be found in locations like; oil rigs, to monitor
manufacture processes etc. They are used in detection of the following;
· Combustible
· Flammable
· Toxic gases
· Oxygen Dpletion

What Is Gas Leaks?
Gas leak detection is the process of finding potentially hazardous gas leaks by sensors. These sensors usually employ an audible alarm to alert people when a dangerous gas has been
detected. Exposure to toxic gases can also occur in operations such as painting, fumigation, fuel
filling, construction, excavation of contaminated soils, landfill operations, entering confined
spaces, etc.

TYPES OF GAS DETECTORS
Gas detectors can be classified according to the operation mechanism (semiconductors, oxidation, catalytic, photoionization, infrared, etc.). Gas detectors come packaged into two main form factors: Portable devices and fixed gas detectors. Portable detectors are used to monitor the atmosphere around personnel and are either hand-held or worn on clothing or on a belt/harness. These gas detectors are usually battery operated. They transmit warnings via audible and visible signals, such as alarms and flashing lights, when dangerous levels of gas vapors are detected.

Fixed type gas detectors may be used for detection of one or more gas types. Fixed type
detectors are generally mounted near the process area of a plant or control room, or an area to be protected, such as a residential bedroom. Generally, industrial sensors are installed on fixed
type mild steel structures and a cable connects the detectors to a SCADA system for continuous
monitoring. A tripping interlock can be activated for an emergency situation.

Electrochemical Gas Sensor
Electrochemical gas detectors work by allowing gases to diffuse through a porous membrane to an electrode where it is either chemically oxidized or reduced. Electrochemical gas detectors are used in a wide variety of environments such as refineries, gas turbines, chemical plants,
underground gas storage facilities, and more.

Catalytic bead Sensor
Catalytic bead sensors are commonly used to measure combustible gases that present an
explosion hazard when concentrations are between the lower explosion limit and upper
explosion limit. The measureable concentration ranges are typically from a few hundred ppm to a
few volume percent. Such sensors are inexpensive and robust. Photoionization Detector
Photoionization detectors (PIDs) use a highphoton-energy UV lamp to ionize chemicals in the
sampled gas. If the compound has ionization nergy below that of the lamp photons, an electron
will be ejected, and the resulting current is proportional to the concentration of the compound.
A broad range of compounds can be detected at levels ranging from a few ppb to several thousand ppm.

Detectable compound classes in order of decreasing sensitivity include: aromatics and alkyl iodides; olefins, sulfur compounds, amines,ketones, ethers, alkyl bromides and silicate esters;
organic esters, alcohols, aldehydes and alkanes;H2S, NH3, PH3 and organic acids. Infrared Point Sensor Infrared (IR) point sensors use radiation passing through a known volume of gas; energy from the sensor beam is absorbed at certain wavelengths, depending on the properties of the specific gas. This type of sensor is advantageous because it does not have to be placed into the gas to detect it and can be used for remote sensing. Infrared point sensors can be used to detect hydrocarbons and other infrared active gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide.
Infrared sensors are commonly found in wastewater treatment facilities, refineries, gas turbines,
chemical plants, and other facilities where flammable gases are present and the possibility of
an explosion exists. The remote sensing capability allows large volumes of space to be monitored. Calibration of Gas Detectors All gas detectors must be calibrated on a schedule. Of the two form factors of gas detectors, portables must be calibrated more frequently due
to the regular changes in environment they experience. A typical calibration schedule for a fixed system may be quarterly, bi-annually or even annually with more robust units A typical calibration schedule for a portable gas detector is a daily “bump test” accompanied by a monthly calibration. Almost every portable gas detector requires a specific calibration gas which is available from the manufacturer.

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After several decades of market dominance, Honeywell has launched a replacement for the
System 57 Fire and Gas controller. The Touchpoint Plus modular gas control panel is
the new phase of Honeywell Industrial gas detection system. It is an easy to configure, wall mounted control system that supports up to sixteen channels of gas detection.

It is an easy to configure, wall-mounted control system that supports up to sixteen channels of gas detection. Its modular architecture also enables customization for specific applications. The
intuitive user-friendly interface and modular approach allows full control and configuration for a
wide range of applications. Designed to work across multiple industries, the Touchpoint Plus
(TPPL) controller perfectly replaces existing installations of System 57. Since the without the
need to replace cabling.

Recently, GIL Automations deployed the Touchpoint Plus system at a major LPG Facility in
Lagos, Nigeria as a replacement for the existing System 57. These days a major challenge
experienced by customers who have the old System 57 panel in their facilities is the
obsolescence of spare parts. This often results in extended downtime whenever a critical part
becomes faulty. For this customer, the story was the same; the old panel caused endless
disruptions to their operations. This frequent downtime led to consequential financial loss! In
order to resolve this, GIL Automations proposed the Touchpoint Plus to replace the faulty system.
From procurement to onsite installation and integration, GIL Automation displayed high level of
professionalism in ensuring that the upgrade did.

One of the advantages of migrating to the TPPL is that the existing field cabling can be re-used. This helps to save cost that could have resulted from the replacement of cables. Another improvement offered by this system is the touchscreen, liquid crystal display (LCD) interface that allows real time monitoring of gas readings and events monitoring. The controller works with Honeywell range of industry leading gas detectors, audible and visual alarms to provide a complete end-to-end, highly configurable safety solution. Thinking of replacing your existing System 57 controller? Honeywell Touchpoint Plus is your best Option.

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This is the maiden edition of the series of newsletters that would be issued monthly from the office of the Assistant General Manager of the Process Measurement & Control Division. This first issue will briefly showcase the division organogram, indicating personnel roles and relationship with other personnel. Spotlight would also be on the PMCD business
portfolio vis-à-vis OEMs partnership for the division. Highlights of certain events that have occurred since the division came into existence shall be discussed. Lastly, under upcoming events, a cursory look into the PMCD Training programs and proposed award for
Best Team Player of the Quarter shall be considered.

A wise man once said: “The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new”. This why PMCD is taking giant stride in creating better strategies that would benefit the division and pioneer the transformation that GIL desires.

PMCD Organogram

PMCD Business Portfolio

Event Highlights
There is a common parlance that to win in the market place, you must first win in the work place. On this premise PMC Division has thought of the best incentives for motivating the workforce. The following incentives are planned for the month of March, 2019.
Continued Training of personnel
Award for the Best Team Player of the Quarter

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Azura Edo is the first wholly project-financed IPP power plant in Nigeria, and “consists of the
construction, operation, and maintenance of a 459-megawatt, gas-fired, open-cycle power plant in the vicinity of Benin City, Edo State Nigeria Nigeria’s first independent power plant, Azura power project construction began on its site in January 2016. This was anticipated to reach completion in December 2018, seven months ahead of its scheduled date of completion – The 459 megawatts (MW) capacity comprising of three Siemens turbines each of which is capable of producing 153MW was commissioned. Azura Edo power plant has started generating electricity in Nigeria to the national grid, following the successful completion of the first-fire on one of its generation turbines.

However the inauguration process was concluded, coming seven months ahead of its scheduled date of inauguration. The testing and synchronization of the second and third turbines gas power generation plant was reportedly completed between January and March 2018, this success led to the attainment of Full Speed No Load (FSNL). It was a delightful experience for Gil automation Limited (as the main electrical, Instrumentation & Control contractor) to have handled such a big project in the power sector. GIL as an Engineering company was dedicated in coordinate her team from the planning phase to the technical phase with no lost time injury of about 175 workers at 276,204 Man-hours

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