February 03, 2011 | Ad hoc announcement pursuant to Art. 53 LR

IPC (Sipchem) Chooses Burckhardt Compression as Key Equipment Supplier for Their LDPE-EVA Plant – Production Process Licensed by ExxonMobil

Burckhardt Compression has been awarded an order from International Polymers Company (IPC), Jubail, Saudi Arabia, to deliver a Hyper Compressor for their LDPE-EVA plant. The production process is licensed by ExxonMobil Chemical Technology Licensing LLC (ExxonMobil).

International Polymers Company, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, (Sipchem) selected Burckhardt Compression to deliver a Hyper Compressor for their new world-scale ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) plant. The tubular high pressure low density polyethylene process technology is licensed by ExxonMobil. Burckhardt Compression secured the order thanks to a large number of references in low density polyethylene (LDPE) plants with similar or larger capacities. These Hyper Compressors have been in operation since decades and have proven their high reliability and safety. The rated motor power is 18’500 kW (24’800 hp).

Hyper Compressors are high pressure reciprocating compressors for LDPE plants with discharge pressures up to 3’500 bar (50’000 psi). Burckhardt Compression has an outstanding experience of over 55 years in manufacturing Hyper Compressors. They excel with a long lifetime and highest safety standards thanks to their unique design features, materials and in-house engineered key components.

IPC is a Joint Venture between Sipchem and Hanwha Corporation of South Korea. The 200’000 metric ton per year plant will be built at Sipchem’s site in Jubail Industrial City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as part of Sipchem’s third phase project. The project is targeted to be commissioned in 2013.


About Burckhardt Compression
Burckhardt Compression is one of the worldwide market leaders in the field of reciprocating compressors and the only manufacturer that offers a complete range of Labyâ (labyrinth piston), Process Gas, and Hyper Compressors. The compressors are used to compress, cool or liquefy gases. Burckhardt Compression’s customers include multinational companies active in the chemical, petrochemical, refinery, industrial gas and gas transport and storage industries. With the leading compressor technology, the high-quality compressor components and the comprehensive range of services Burckhardt Compression supports its customers in their effort to minimize the life cycle costs of their reciprocating compressor systems.


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