Compressors

Reliability: The risks of deferred compressor maintenance

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

At a recent conference attended by failure investigation professionals in San Antonio, Texas, a participant spoke about an explosion and fire event on a multistage horizontally opposed compressor in oxygen (O2) service. He had scant data, but he knew the machine did not have cylinder lubrication.

Design operations-and-maintenance-friendly skid-mounted units

Murti, D. G., The Augustus Group

Skid-mounted units are omnipresent in the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI), as facilities are scattered in remote locations, and site construction is time-consuming and expensive. Skid units are equally popular in downstream refineries and the chemical processing industry (CPI).

Hoerbiger and Storm agree on cooperation

Adding ignition and control systems made by Hoerbiger to its portfolio, August Storm is now able to offer engine services at a new level of performance.

ReTPac concept from MAN Diesel & Turbo recaptures market for refinery applications

Tailored specifically to the requirements of refinery operators, the modular and scalable turbomachinery concept combines centrifugal compressor and prime mover to a single-lift unit, serving refinery applications like hydrotreating and hydrocracking.

Siemens manufactures world’s largest geared compressor rotor for Jazan IGCC

Siemens has manufactured and tested the largest geared compressor rotor in the world at its facility in Duisburg, Germany.

GE Oil & Gas to supply compressor for BP’s Tangguh LNG

GE Oil & Gas has been awarded a contract to supply gas turbine-driven compressors for a third natural gas liquefaction train for the Tangguh expansion.

Garo AB4000R improves efficiency in oil and gas, chemical applications

Garo’s AB4000R liquid ring compressor, a new frame and expansion of the Garo two stage compressor series can provide up to 7% higher efficiency over competing liquid ring compressors in this range.

Reliability: Consider amended warranties for rotating equipment

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

If you have ever encountered a situation where an equipment manufacturer declined to offer warranties, allow us to share three case histories.

Sundyne debuts fit-for-purpose centrifugal gas compressors for power generation

Sundyne announced a new series of fit-for-purpose centrifugal gas compressors, which are ideal for applications associated with the power generation market.

Extend ethylene plant run length with compressor chemical treatment

Hancock, J. M., Rodrigues, S., Nalco Champion

An aging ethylene plant historically suffered from plant run length limiting compressor fouling that resulted in a loss of polytropic efficiency and intercooler backpressure buildup.