Laby-GI compressors complete 1 million operating hours

By Keefe Borden29 June 2021

Design enables compressors to handle gases at low and high temperatures

Burckhardt Compression said its Laby-GI compressors have completed 1 million operating hours.

Burckhardt Compression announced its Laby-GI Compressors for MAN ME-GI engines recently completed 1 million operating hours.

The Laby-GI fuel gas compressor systems play an important role in LNG carriers, Burckhardt said. As the liquefied natural gas warms up during storage and transportation, the evaporated boil-off gas must be economically managed, by either using it as fuel or re-liquefying it.

Dual fuel engines and re-liquefaction plants require different operating pressures that can range up to 300 bar. As a result, Burckhardt Compression said its LNG solutions have been designed to handle gases at low temperatures and high pressure and to meet the requirements for operation at sea.

The Laby-GI Compressor combines a cryogenic, low-pressure labyrinth piston design and state-of-the-art ring-sealed high-pressure technology on a single compressor frame. This design allows gas to fuel low pressure four-stroke auxiliary engines and high pressure gas to supply the two-stroke main engines and a dedicated high pressure re-liquefaction system.

Burckhardt Compression’s marine portfolio offers lubricated and oil-free compressors. All Laby-GI compressors are of gas-tight design and prevent methane emissions from discharging into the atmosphere. The sealed design of the compressor helps to prevent significant greenhouse gas emissions by recycling all internal linkages without the need for any additional purge gas utilization.

Burckhardt Compression set up a dedicated global marine team to serve vessel owners and operators in ports worldwide. The team is designed to offer customer support to ensure reliable and optimized compressor performance.

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