New Compressors Deliver 30 Percent More Gas Flow, 45 Percent More Discharge Pressure; Focus Remains On Reducing Gas Emissions and Lowering Maintenance Costs
AUSTIN, TEXAS, February 26, 2008 – Emerson Process Management today announced that it has released several new gas compressors and modules featuring Copeland Scroll® technology. This oilfield compression technology offers significantly lower maintenance and greatly reduced environmental impact than current compression solutions. Copeland Scroll gas compressors are helping upstream producers maximize the economic recovery of proven oil and gas reserves, with significantly less maintenance and greenhouse gas emissions.
Responding to end-user demand for higher discharge pressure capability and increased gas flow rates, Emerson developed and released new Copeland Scroll compressors to meet expanding market needs for more flow and pressure. With new discharge pressure capability of 275 psig, the SZV32 module can now serve applications that have been dominated by multi-stage reciprocating compressors or costly oversized screws. The SZO56 module can achieve 30 percent higher flow, which will effectively reduce package applied cost, on a $/MCFD basis, by 15-to-20 percent. All scroll modules will now also include encapsulated motors for increased tolerance to liquid and debris.
Since 2003, Emerson’s Copeland Scroll gas compressor technology has steadily gained acceptance in upstream oil and gas applications. Hundreds of sites across North America are utilizing this technology for casing gas recovery, tank vapor recovery, coal bed methane and conventional gas well boosting. Copeland Scroll compression packages have been deployed for EnCana, Conoco Phillips, BP America, Husky Energy, Chesapeake, Kerr McGee, Devon Energy, Dominion, Equitable and other independent producers. Emerson has an authorized packager network for North America and the Mid-East to provide local fabrication and service. Emerson continues to work closely with energy producers and packagers to leverage Copeland Scroll technology to reduce maintenance cost and decrease emissions. With more than 1,000 compressors installed and operating in North America, these compressors have logged an estimated four million hours of operation since the technology’s introduction to upstream oil and gas customers in 2003.
As a global leader in compressor manufacturing, Emerson was the first to leverage its high volume designs, manufacturing expertise and quality systems to offer the oil and gas industry a compression solution using scroll technology. With unprecedented once-per-year maintenance for most applications, annual planned costs are $300 to $400 in parts, requiring about one hour of labor per compressor. For a typical 30 horsepower package this translates into an estimated $1,500 to $4,000 annual savings on maintenance, as compared to typical screw and reciprocating compressor solutions. With no shaft seals, the hermetically-welded compressors do not require mechanical adjustment or periodic lubrication and have no leak or emissions points. Compared to conventional gas compressors, Copeland Scroll compressors also feature ultra-low sound levels that allow them to be placed in environmentally sensitive and sound-restricted areas.
"Celebrating 20 years of technology leadership with Copeland Scroll, Emerson continues to drive innovation and advancements in the air conditioning and refrigeration industries. Similarly, our installations with oil and gas producers have experienced many of the same benefits Copeland Scroll is recognized for, especially very low maintenance, no emissions and reduced operating costs," said Mark McCormick, director of Emerson’s Specialty Scroll Division. "We are very excited to extend Emerson’s innovation and expand our leadership position in scroll gas compressor technology. We are bringing solutions to producers in key applications like vapor recovery and production optimization."
Emerson pioneered the practical application of scroll technology in compressor design beginning in the late 1980s. The success of Copeland Scroll compressors in air conditioning, refrigeration and natural gas applications makes it an ideal choice for upstream producers seeking a low maintenance, flexible and reliable package. For more information on Copeland Scroll gas compression technology and a list of value added resellers, please visit http://www.emersonprocess.com/copelandscroll .
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions to customers through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2007 were $22.6 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.
About Emerson Process Management
Emerson Process Management, an Emerson business, is a leader in helping businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in the chemical, oil and gas, refining, pulp and paper, power, water and wastewater treatment, food and beverage, pharmaceutical and other industries. The company combines superior products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Its brands include PlantWeb®, DeltaV™, Fisher®, Micro Motion®, Rosemount®, Mobrey®, Bristol®, Daniel®, Ovation®, and AMS® Suite.
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