The reason that HV-TURBO®compressors have such a long lifespan

Tuesday, 12 January 2021




Get our reference pdf


How long should a turbo compressor be in operation?

You would probably say around 20 years.

So what does it take to make a compressor survive that long?

The answer is competent and effective service as well as correct compressor operation. Thousands of our HV-TURBO compressors around the world are still in operation more than 20 years after installation. When service is needed, competent service is key. Howden’s trained Service Technicians are the most experienced in the business; this is essential for the lifetime of a compressor.

We think the best way to illustrate this is with a story from real life:

In 1996 at the wastewater treatment plant of Crispijana in the north of Spain, we supplied three HV-TURBO single stage integrally geared compressors, KA10S-GL210, with constant speed flow regulation via Variable Diffuser Vanes (VDV).

Since the installation, all maintenance services have been performed by Howden's partner in Spain, Pasch y Cia. S.A.U. , and the plant has followed our combined recommendations regarding compressor operation.

In 2016 and 2019, when each compressor had been in operation for almost 100.000 hours, Crispijana decided to upgrade two compressors from S to SV, incorporating additional variable Inlet Guide Vanes (IGV) to optimize energy efficiency via Dual-Point Control™. Both IGV and VDV adapt fully automatically to changes in inlet air temperature and discharge pressure assuring that the compressors supply the requested airflow at the lowest power consumption.

Statement from Crispijana wastewater treatment plant:

We experienced an energy savings of at least 6-7% due to the upgrade from S to SV.

The Service performed and our cooperation with Pasch have had a big influence in the fact that our compressors now have been in operation for 24 years with no major incidents.

Raúl Cerezo Saez de Valluerca, Plant Manager, Crispijana Wastewater Treatment Plant

Latest News


Howden is pleased to announce that it has acquired Maintenance Partners NV, an independent provider of aftermarket services focused on the maintenance, repair and overhaul of industrial compressors, blowers and steam turbines.

Business News

On the 29th April, Howden hosted their first ever Virtual Apprentice Day to launch the opening of registrations for the Apprentice programme 2021 for the compressors division based in Scotland.


Howden has secured a steam turbine order for a waste incineration plant in Taiwan.


The strategic acquisition of Peter Brotherhood enables Howden to further expand its capabilities in delivering energy technology solutions to our customers.


We celebrate all engineers globally.


Howden featured in Microsoft Ignite event as the technology leader introduced enhanced semantic search capabilities.

Get our HV-TURBO reference stories pdf

Read about some of the other exciting places you will find a KA Compressor


Email Address

First Name

Last Name






Enter security code:
 Security code



If you would like to submit an enquiry please get in touch.