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burckhardt compression reciprocating compressors for refineries and petrochemical industry

Burckhardt CompressionReciprocating compressorsfor Refineries and Petrochemical Industry


We are committed to becoming the first choice manufacturer of reciprocating compressors. Throughout a worldwide network we provide all products and services required during a reciprocating compressor's life cycle.

1.1_Company General Presentation

piston compressor crosshead design
Piston Compressor (Crosshead Design)

1.1_Company General Presentation

burckhardt compression reciprocating compressor technology leader
Burckhardt Compression – Reciprocating Compressor Technology Leader
  • Only manufacturer that offers a complete compressor range of
    • Process Gas Compressors
      • According to API618
    • Laby® Compressors
      • With labyrinth sealing
    • Laby®-GI Compressors
      • Fully balanced
    • Hyper Compressors
      • For pressures up to 3’500 bar

 Overall know-how in all disciplines

 Optimum support in all project phases

 Expertise for comprehensive support

General MHe

burckhardt compression business areas
Burckhardt Compression Business Areas

Turnover2011: CHF 329 Mio.

Compressor Systems

Components, Services & Support



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compressor systems product lines
Compressor Systems – Product Lines

Process Gas

API 618



Labyrinth sealing

Extreme pressure up to 3500 bar

Ring-type sealing

The bestsolutionforeachapplication

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product and market strategy
Product and Market Strategy

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burckhardt compression market segments
Burckhardt Compression Market Segments

UpstreamOil & Gas

Gas transport and storage


Petrochemical / Chemical industry

Industrial gases

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  • Hydrodesulfurization(HDS)
  • Hydrocracking
  • Fluid catalytic cracking
  • Reforming
  • Vent gas recovery

General MHe

overview range




Refinery General MHe

process gas compressor type 6b5xc2 69 5 stages non lubricated
Process Gas Compressor Type 6B5XC2.695-stages, Non-lubricated

Customer: OXEA

Gas H2 mix

Suction volume 6’962 m3/h

Suction temperature 38 °C

Suction pressure 1.3 bar a

Discharge pressure 67.3 bar a

Shaft power 2’732 kW

Speed 424 rpm


process gas compressor type 6b3a 2 32 1
Process Gas Compressor Type 6B3A-2.32_1

Customer:RepsolPetroleo3-stage, Lubricated, recycle and make-up gas

 24’000 hrs. without maintenance

GasH2 mix

Suction volume 1’390 m3/h

Suction temperature 40 °C

Suction pressure 22.36 bar a

Discharge pressure 85.80 bar a

Shaft power 3’210 kW

Speed 297 rpm


petrochemical chemical industry
Petrochemical / Chemical Industry

LLDPE, LDPE, PP and many more

General MHe

ldpe plant flow sheet


Fresh ethylene





Suction vessel





Storage /


High pressure


Low pressure



LDPE Plant Flow Sheet


3’100 bar !

process gas compressor type 6b6a 1 100 1 6 stage lubricated
Process Gas Compressor Type 6B6A-1.100_16-stage, Lubricated

Customer: China Petrochemical for LDPE plant Sinopec, Maoming / China

Gas C2H4 mix

Suction volume 10'402 m3/h

Suction temperature 45 °C

Suction pressure 1.40 bar a

Discharge pressure 288.00 bar a

Shaft power 5'040 kW

Speed 429 rpm


hyper compressor k10 for ldpe
Hyper Compressor K10 for LDPE

Customer:Technimont-Salzgitter for BASELL, Aubette, France


Capacity 116’000 kg/h

Suction temperature 41 °C

Suction pressure 280 bar a

Discharge pressure 3’100 bar a

Shaft power 20’900 kW

Speed 200 rpm

Comonomer EV

General MHe

hyper compressors lowest life cycle costs
Hyper Compressors – Lowest Life Cycle Costs
  • Lowest initial costs
    • Minimum numbers of cylinders compared to competitive products
  • Lowest operating costs
    • Low consumption of energy, lube oil
    • Best performance
  • Lowest maintenance costs
    • Lowest speed  200 rpm
    • Large bearings, low load

 Lowest life cycle costs

 Short return on investment

2.3 Hyper Compressors

laby compressor for pe pp process
Laby® Compressorfor PE / PP Process

General MHe

  • Basell
    • SpheripolPP
    • SpherileneLLDPE
    • CatalloyPP, LLDPE
  • BorealisPP, LLDPE
  • IneosPP, HDPE, LLDPE
  • Mitsui PP
  • Sumitomo PP
  • Scientific EO/EG
  • Sinopec(SEI) PP, LLDPE
  • NovolenePP
  • DOW,UnivationPP, LLDPE, EO/EG
  • Others
pollution in a polyolefine plant valves cleaned in one of our valve service station
Pollution in a Polyolefine PlantValves cleaned in one of our Valve Service Station

Compressor valve after several thousand hours operating in a polypropylene plant

The same valve after reconditioning in one of BCA Valve Service Stations

Petrochemical general

labyrinth piston unique design
Labyrinth-Piston uniquedesign

Piston nut

Upper piston crown

Piston skirt

Lower piston crown

Piston rod

Petrochemical general

compressor solution for gas transport and storage
Compressor Solution For Gas Transport and Storage
  • LNG
  • LPG
  • Cryogenic hydrocarbon gases
  • Upstream

General MHe

highest reliability for the laby

Mean Time between Failures (MTBF)

MTBF (years)



The Laby® is best in class!

…and is comparable to centrifugal compressors

EquipmentMTBF (years)

1 Centrifugal compressors (clean services) 8.2

2 Centrifugal compressors (fouling services) 5.6

3 Screw compressors, liquid injected 6.2

4 Srew compressors, dry type, clean gas 4.0

5 Axial compressors 8.0

6Reciprocating compressors, labyrinth-piston type7.8

7 Reciprocating compressors, lubricated type 4.1

8 Reciprocating compressors, contacting piston, non-lubricated 2.8


„Looking for RDFA databases? Consider failure statistics“


Petrochemical general

css components service support products the full range for all reciprocating compressors
CSS (Components Service Support) Products – The Full Range for All Reciprocating Compressors
  • Valve service
  • Spare parts logistics
  • Field service
  • Technical support
  • Component repair
  • Engineering services
  • Revamps
  • Training
  • Monitoring and diagnostics

Petrochemical general

burckhardt compression manufacturing locations
Burckhardt Compression Manufacturing Locations

Winterthur, Switzerland

Numberofemployees: 472

Workshop area:33'200 m2

Pune, India


Workshop area: 6'000 m2

Shanghai, China


Workshop area:3'000 m2

1.1_Company General Presentation

milestones of burckhardt compression s history
Milestones of Burckhardt Compression's History

1834 Sulzer Brothers Ltd. established in Winterthur

1844 Engineering Works Burckhardt established in Basel

1878 Compressors and vacuum pumps enter the product range

1883 First compressor sale

1920 Start of development of ammonia synthesis compressors up to 1'000 bar

1935 First labyrinth piston compressor (Laby®)

1952 First hyper for LDPE production at 1'500 bar

1969 Acquisition of Engineering Works Burckhardt by Sulzer AG

1971 First Laby® for LNG boil-off at minus 160°C

1982 First Laby® for LLDPE and PP

2000 Consolidation of all business activities in Winterthur

2002 Burckhardt Compression becomes independent through a MBO

2006 IPO of Burckhardt Compression at SIX

2007 World's most powerful single frame Hyper compressor with 27'500 kW delivered

1.1_Company General Presentation

what you can expect from burckhardt compression as a partner
What You Can Expect fromBurckhardt Compression as a Partner
  • Reliabilityandquality
  • Continuityandinnovation
  • Know-how andexperience
  • Technology forbestlifecyclecosts
  • Worldwide salesandservicenetwork
  • Oneoftheleadingreciprocatingcompressormanufacturer

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