The Mystery Thickens
The compression package had seen over a decade of use, changes in location, ownership and task – leaving an uncertain history. The mystery was compounded by the fact that rebuilds did not solve the low flow performance problem.
Probing the Issue
Enter Matt Duel, designer, director and “chief detective” of the Rotary Test Center (RTC). When the refinery shipped the compressor to the RTC, accompanied by a consultant (a 36-year O&G vet of equipment engineering), the test stand was ready to go after securing the unit and putting the many probes in place.
The test results showed that flow was within 3% of expectation across all compressor settings. The non-OEM component was the culprit and the change out with a Ro-Flo OEM part was completely successful.
It is noteworthy that the initial testing, transportation to and from the Ro-Flo rebuild shop, and the retesting were all done on a tight timeline driven by the refinery’s shutdown schedule. Urgency applied due to the need to meet emissions or face an extended shutdown. The entire process was complete with a performing compressor on the road to the refinery in less than five days.
Solve Your Mysteries with RTC
Whether it’s related to field performance, designers needing prototype confirmation, or a warranty dispute, equipment performance can present a wide variety of questions in the Oil and Gas Industry. The RTC offers solutions to even the long-standing “mysteries” you may be facing.