Frequently Asked Questions

Can the FireFly system accidentally discharge?

The FireFly system is designed to have no power at the unit or in the cable until the main power switch has been turned ON and the Key has been activated. If the FireFly system was hit by site traffic or if the cable was damaged or even torn apart, the FireFly system cannot accidentally fire because there is no power to active solenoids controlling pilot fuel or automatic discharge valve.

The solution for ignition criteria

The FireFly Ignition System was designed and created to fill the gap in ignition criteria for oil companies. Over time, legislation was introduced which required a remote ignition system — the "FireFly", would constitute the primary means of ignition on critical wells. A flare gun would be considered secondary ignition only.

Non-Critical Sour Well Safety Issues

A flare pistol is an accepted method of ignition on non-critical sour wells. However,  it is a minimum standard and can present some real safety issues:

  • Issue #1: Flare guns require personnel to remain on-site, in close proximity to the gas plume during the ignition process.
  • Issue #2: CO2 and water vapour in the plume can make it very difficult to ignite. This can further increase the time personnel must remain on-site.
  • Issue #3: SUSTAINED ignition is NOT addressed by flare guns. If the well extinguishes itself, personnel may have to enter the location repeatedly to re-ignite.
  • Issue #4: If the lease is surrounded by dense forest, steep banks, or other limiting factors such as deep snow or muskeg, the ignition team may be unable to establish an upwind position.
  • Issue #5: Individuals have the right to refuse unsafe work. This could delay, or otherwise compromise the ignition plan