It was 1964, and Ernest Hotze, a mechanical engineer who put himself through Oklahoma University working in oilfields, was trying to sell Tennessee Gas Pipeline some large compressors. Hotze worked for Clark Brothers, one of four big compressor manufacturers, and the business was very different from its modern incarnation.
Atlas Copco Compressors Product Company has dedicated a new 96,000 square foot facility in Houston, housing customer relations for North and South America as well as producing a wide range of air compressors, dryers and skid packages. The new building brings together 150 employees from several Atlas Copco subsidiaries under one roof to create its largest office in the United States.
The escalating worldwide demand for oil and the continuously rising prices are driving oil companies to explore new oil field resources. However, exploration also incurs increasing expense in terms of technology. Many of these projects have a common need in that natural gas, which is associated with crude oil, has to be re-injected into the reservoirs.
Wood Group’s Alliance Engineering announced Jan. 12 that it has been awarded a contract to provide engineering, design and procurement support services for part of the Gulfstream Natural Gas System in Florida.
The number of compressors installed in each compressor station of a pipeline system has a significant impact on the availability, fuel consumption and capacity of the system. Depending on the load profile of the pipeline, the answers may look different for different applications.
A manufacturer and provider of production field enhancement compressors has increased efficiency by implementing remote work order automation, real-time inventory management, equipment monitoring and GPS positioning.
Most natural gas reserves are not in the vicinity of consumers. One method to transport gas to the places where it is needed is by pumping it through pipelines.
When a compressor reaches its surge condition, it loses the ability to maintain peak head and the entire system becomes unstable.
In a continued effort to develop state of the art automation standards, River Consulting is working on a variety of pipeline expansion projects for Kinder Morgan, including automating stations and compressor units for the Rockies Express Pipeline.
Demands on pipeline infrastructure are growing. Modernizing the nation’s infrastructure requires boosting existing capacity and providing new lines where additional transport is required.
Duke Energy uses a GE Frame 5 gas turbine to drive a compressor used in a natural gas pipeline. The intake system required retrofitting with a silencer to meet current regulations and the need also existed to reduce particle contamination. The pressure drop in the initial design was found to be 8.5 inches of water, much higher than the design specification which was 5.3 inches.