November 21, 2017 | Refinery, Europe, Process Gas Compressor, Success Story

Major Modernization of Gas Lift Compressor

A production increase and a higher system availability was requested. Burckhardt Compression took on the challenge and conducted a thorough inspection in order to issue recommendations; always with the goal to keep cost and delivery time down and reliability up!

Customer Challenge:

  • Upstream production increase requested a third gas lift compressor and a higher system availability (only two out of three existing compressors were in operation).
  • Due to severe cylinder damage, the third compressor has been unavailable for several years. A major modernization was required.
  • Additional risks due to the high concentration of H₂S (hydrogen sulfide) and hydrocarbon gases



Application Description:

Type Other brand process gas compressor Gas Hydrogen sulfide, methane
Power 709 kW / 950 hp Suction pressure

Discharge pressure

4 bara / 58 psia

57 bara / 826 psia

Speed 375 rpm Lubrication Lube

Burckhardt Compression Solution:

  • Thorough inspection of the compressor and recommendation for improvements
  • Reverse engineering and redesign without having the old parts or original drawings available, including the implementation of the latest technology
  • Repair of several main components and upgrade to the latest technology
  • New state-of-the-art Burckhardt Compression key components:
    Redura® Sealing Systems and Burckhardt Poppet Valve™



Customer Benefits:

  • 40% lower investment costs and faster delivery time compared to a new compressor solution
  • Increased reliability of compressor components by applying improved in-house developed material, resistant against H₂S contamination
  • Higher availability of compressor capacity for higher flow needs
  • No modifications of the foundation needed



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