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.
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.
When a compressor reaches its surge condition, it loses the ability to maintain peak head and the entire system becomes unstable.
Ongoing field testing of a semi-active valve (SAV) concept on a BP natural gas gathering facility reciprocating compressor through Oct. 3, 2008, demonstrated that the concept is practical and can significantly extend compressor valve life. Specifically, the field tests showed:
Two longtime employees of Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) celebrated 50 years of service to the compressor industry with a dinner and reception in Ruston, Louisiana on Saturday, April 4.
Bill Arrant, Senior Engineering Consultant, and Art Black, retired Vice President of Manufacturing and Engineering for CECO, were honored by their customers and friends from CECO.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal joined Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO) President Richard Hotze and Mayor Bobby Font Jr. of Walker, LA to dedicate CECO’s new facilities in the Livingston Industrial Park in Walker, Livingston Parish. The 44,000-square-foot facility houses offices, parts warehouse, machine shop and an equipment-staging area.
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.