Modernize your compressor lube- and seal-oil systems

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Each pipe or control line should be traced to its origin, the design intent must be well understood, and all owner-purchaser questions answered by the vendor-manufacturer.

Improve performance monitoring of your turbomachinery

Bhachu, U., Francis, J., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

This case study documents the performance variables to consider and apply when monitoring and tracking the efficiency deterioration for a steam turbine using DSs in a PI process book.

Case history: Improve refrigeration compressor performance

Ghaisas, N., Fluor Canada Ltd.

This case examines the mechanical distress and performance deterioration of a critical refrigeration compressor that was installed at a world-scale petrochemicals complex.

Apply new guidelines to select compressors for low-temperature service

Mubarak, S., Bharat Pumps and Compressors, Ltd.

The writer calls on design and process engineers to take extra precautions when selecting and sizing their reciprocating compressors for low-temperature gas service.

HP Reliability: Consider best-of-class lubrication practices

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

Last month’s column explained that all hydrocarbon processing (HP) facilities use machinery, and these machines require lubrication. Periodically auditing one’s lubrication practices is part..

Chevron chooses GE for compressor maintenance on Australia gas project

Under the agreement, the oil and gas division of GE will provide Chevron Australia with scheduled maintenance, access to resident engineers, monitoring and diagnostics of the installed equipment coupled with engineering analytics, plus a guarantee relating to continuity of production.

HP Reliability: Rethink your auditing of lubrication practices

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

All hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) facilities use machinery, and every one of these machines requires lubrication of some type. Modern, profitability-minded plants thoughtfully manage their lub..

Kobe Steel to expand compressor operations in Germany, UAE

Kobe Steel plans to establish two 100%-owned companies in July, one in Europe and the other in the Middle East, to expand the global marketing and servicing of its compressors. Nonstandard compressors are used in petrochemical plants, natural gas plants and other large facilities.

ABB to supply automation, safety systems on Botas gas compressors in Turkey

Automation technology group ABB was awarded a contract to supply automation and safety systems, electrical equipment and related services for a new gas compression station that will serve a natural gas pipeline that runs across northern Turkey. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Siemens breaks ground on new Saudi plant for gas turbines, compressors

Siemens has taken the next step in its ongoing expansion of activities in Saudi Arabia, breaking ground on a new manufacturing facility in Dammam for gas turbines and compressors. The manufacturing facility is the first of its kind for Siemens in the Middle East.