Products and services across a wide range of upstream oil applications, ensuring consistent, safe and efficient field output.
Howden products actively support oil production processes. Well productivity is increasingly important and compression contributes to many methods of enhanced oil recovery either through the injection of gas or CO2. Associated gas holds substantial value and in response to a reduced flaring environment needs to be processed. This involves multiple compression requirements, such as boosting during separation, cooling gas for dew point control or NGL recovery and recovering off gas within stabilization and fractionation. More stringent environmental controls also mean that storage tank vapours are recovered and compressed for sale or use for onsite power. Where incineration is required, Howden compressors process the gas and fans provide air for combustion.
Oil and gas exploration and extraction often takes place in extreme climatic conditions, including hot, dry desert, sand and salty atmospheres. Our equipment supports operations in remote and hard to access locations.
Howden offers a set of fluid handling technologies covering ventilation, compression and heat transfer. We provide solutions to many specific challenges met in oil extraction sites and processes. Production needs power, and Howden products enhance the efficiency of gas turbine generators by boosting fuel gas and cooling inlet air.
Howden engineering teams and field engineers have access to over 160 years of knowledge, meaning we can offer our expertise at every step of the process from product selection to ongoing support. Our worldwide organisation provides local responsive support to end users and customers.
The natural gas value chain relies on availability and safety. We are a single source for LNG production, processing, transport and storage technology.
Brine concentrators are used to treat wastewater by purifying water for reuse and removing impurities. The brine slurry is concentrated in a crystallizer to produce a dry disposable solid and this can be driven by an MVR process. Within this process a fan or blower is used to compress steam vapour back to the process at a higher pressure and temperature thereby reducing energy requirements.
Crude oil is stored in pressurized tanks which causes evaporation to occur in the tank. The vapour is vented from the tank and can be recovered by compressing and processing for use in the fuel system or NGL recovery.
PSA mole sieve bed regeneration compressor. Periflow® Compressors ideally integrate gas drying units to regenerate molecular sieve beds (adsorption). Howden solutions are designed to handle various gas mixtures from different wells. Howden deliver reciprocating and peripheral compressor solutions packaged .
Oil production/Combustion Air for incinerators
Prior to storage and shipping of crude oil, the crude is pumped to a stabilization unit. This unit removes sour gas and lighter gas components to leave a less volatile (stable) heavier grade of crude. Gases removed from the crude are vented from the top of the stabilization tower and can be compressed for additional uses.
At emergency evacuation points, axial and centrifugal fans provide reliable ventilation in crisis situations. Living quarters overpressure to protect rooms and staircases from hazardous fumes.
Onsite power is often generated using gas turbines fuelled by gas from production processes. Modern turbines have increasing high pressure feed gas requirements designed to optimize power output. As available gas pressure is commonly lower than required it is boosted through a compressor prior to the turbine combustion chamber.
Treating contaminants such are petroleum hydrocarbons, ammonia, and organic sulphur. For mechanical system or diffused aeration system, air supply is needed into the diffuser. Howden supplies air blowers for the application.
CO2 is used to ‘flood’ reservoirs by injection into the wellbore of existing and new wells. Screw compressor increase the pressure of CO2 prior to dehydration and injection. Howden has experience in oil-injected solutions for the application.
Oil sands production using steam assisted gravity drainage creates large volumes of produced water and requires steam for injection. Evaporators are used to recover the produced water for high quality boiler feedwater and steam generation. A fan or blower is used to compress steam vapour from the evaporator back to the process at a higher pressure and temperature thereby reducing energy requirements.
Our lifelong aftercare service will supply original replacement parts, support you with maintenance and installation, and even train your own engineers in maintenance techniques. We keep detailed plant records almost indefinitely, and regularly supply spare parts for machinery over 50 years old.
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