Reciprocating Compressor

​The Howden reciprocating compressor series "C" and "P" present a comprehensive range of volumes and pressures, the Thomassen "C" series of Howden are one of the largest compressors in the World, with compressors installed with 17MW of power they are heavy duty and high power units. Where processes involve a lower capacities we have our "Burton Corblin P" series, the fully integrated package we supply can incorporate control systems, regulation equipment and any other additional modules and utility packages required by the circumstances. The "P" Series are delivered ready for installation and start-up.

As of 2021, the Peter Brotherhood range of Reciprocating Gas Compressors are now part of Howden. Peter Brotherhood has been designing, manufacturing and supporting Reciprocating Gas Compressors since 1917. As the OEM of this equipment, Howden are proud to fully support all Peter Brotherhood Reciprocating Gas Compressors installed throughout the world using our global network of offices, factories, and service centres.

Key Features

  • Power up to 33 MW – Pressure 600 bar
  • Rod load up to 1,800 kN


  • ​​The unique Free Floating Piston system uses a cushion of process gas to support the piston, eliminating rider ring wear and greatly extending intervals between maintenance.


  • ​Oil and gas production
  • Petrochemicals
  • Refining
  • Power generation
  • Iron and Steel

Why choose Howden reciprocating compressors?

Innovative solutions

Our unique Free Floating Piston (FFP) uses a cushion of process gas to support the piston, eliminating rider ring wear and greatly extending intervals between maintenance. Thus making it "the solution" for all none lubricated processes, non lube reciprocating compressors can operate now more than 50.000 and even 100.000 hours on the same rider rings!

The largest compressors

We are the supplier of heavy duty reciprocating compressors, we have more than 2 dozen references of Reciprocating API618 Compressors with more than 13MW of power. Howden has the knowledge and expertise to handle and harness these powers in our compressors.

Easy installation

Skid-mounted units can be supplied with all ancillary and control equipment in place, pre-tested and ready for fast, simple integration on-site.

Product support

We believe in our products, and in their capacity to provide long term, high value service. We are committed to maintaining and where possible enhancing their performance and extending their working life. Our first commitment, however, is to the customers who have placed their trust in Howden compressors. All of our aftersales services are designed to offer them confidence, security, and peace of mind.


Peter Brotherhood Reciprocating Gas Compressors

The Peter Brotherhood brand is well known to be extremely reliable with products that boast a very long service life. High levels of quality and stringent compliance with customer specifications was a standard requirement for Peter Brotherhood API618 Reciprocating Gas Compressors. Those same high standards are maintained and often surpassed today when it comes to supporting customers with Peter Brotherhood equipment. We will use our latest manufacturing methods and materials to improve the product wherever possible.

Peter Brotherhood compressors are most commonly used in Refining and Petrochemical applications with hundreds of installations globally. Please contact us for all your service and support requirements for your Peter Brotherhood API618 Reciprocating Gas Compressor. We offer Technical Support Services, Genuine OEM Spare Parts, Training, Factory Repairs and Upgrades for your Peter Brotherhood equipment.



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Case Studies

Biggest Reciprocating Compressor

The World's biggest reciprocating compressor

The first Thomassen C-85 reciprocating compressor with eight cylinders and a capacity of 16.6 MW was delivered within the challenging one-year deadline. The scale of the compression system is unprecedented. The six compressors together are responsible for compressing hydrogen for virtually all of the hydrogen suppliers and consumers within the refinery.

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