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 the 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.

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 AP1618 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.


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General enquiries: 

Nick McLean

+44 141 885 7500

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

Parts & Service

Lifetime Support

Our HS oil-free products are supported throughout their lifetime with spare parts and aftermarket services provided via our global compressor service network. Our technical experts can offer you advice and support with all aspects of compressor maintenance from spares and repairs through to full service re-builds.