Burckhardt Compression awarded revamp contract at PAZ refinery

The Israeli government tightened its health, safety and environment (HSE) regulations so that they now reflect the highest level in this field. As a result, PAZ Ashdod Refinery had to revamp their existing process gas compressors for hydrogen application in order to be compliant with the new strict HSE standards.

Photo courtesy of Burckhardt Compression.
Photo courtesy of Burckhardt Compression.

PAZ chose Burckhardt Compression to both perform this task and to restore the performance of the compressors of another original equipment manufacturer (OEM).

The PAZ Ashdod Refinery is located in the coastal city of Ashdod and is currently the second largest oil refinery in Israel. PAZ Ashdod decided against a 1:1 replacement of the original OEM compressors, opting instead for a general revamp to the latest technology update conducted by Burckhardt Compression. In this way, a continuous improvement of their HSE compliancy was guaranteed.

Besides upgrading all three hydrogen compressors to the latest technology including conformity with API 618, advanced technology designs were applied to cylinders and all related compressor components, and a new motor with flexible coupling for lower maintenance and higher reliability was also installed.

The project was concluded in 2017 with the compressors running successfully.

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