Process Gas Compressor API 618

Process Gas Compressor API 618 – Designed for Lowest Life Cycle Costs

Burckhardt Compression’s Process Gas Compressor API 618 represents highest availability and a long meantime between overhaul thanks to an optimized compressor sizing and selection, also in regards to high quality compressor components and valves.

Burckhardt Compression provides a robust and reliable Process Gas Compressor of Swiss quality designed for lowest life cycle costs. The design is according to individual application requirements, customer specifications and complies with the API 618 5th edition guidelines. It is available oil-free or lubricated, horizontal or vertical. It handles easily hydrogen, hydrocarbons and corrosive gases at high pressure. Burckhardt Compression has over 160 years of experience in manufacturing reciprocating compressors and offers a worldwide one-stop service.

Process Gas Compressor API 618Process Gas Compressor – Design Features (click to enlarge)


Compressor type BY, BS, CS, BX, BA, BC, BE
Discharge pressure [bara] / [psia] up to 1’000 / 15’000
Suction volume [Nm3/h] / [scfm] up to 250’000 / 147’000
Rod load [kN] / [lbs] up to 1’500 / 335’000
Power [kW] / [hp] up to 31’000 / 42’100

Design features

  • Oil-free up to 300 bara or lubricated up to 1’000 bara
  • Horizontal or vertical arrangement
  • Rugged heavy-duty design
  • Reliable Swiss quality
  • Material selection to fit specific application
  • Advanced tribological technology for oil-free applications such as hydrogen compression
  • Top quality compressor valves for high reliability
  • According to API 618 5th edition specifications



  • Upstream oil and gas
  • Gas transport and storage
  • Petrochemical / chemical industry
  • Refinery
  • Industrial gases


Gases handled

  • Bone-dry gases
  • High pressure
  • Highly corrosive gases
  • Hydrocarbon gases
  • Hydrogen
  • Hydrogen chloride (HCl)
  • Hydrogen sulphide
  • Cryogenic gases
  • Mixed gases
  • Toxic gases
Performance Range
Performance Range