The Paradigm Shift in Compression
Hicor’s compression technology dramatically improves on conventional compressors by achieving near-isothermal compression and decreasing the energy required to compress natural gas. The design also enables wet gas compression, an ability that is virtually unheard of in wellhead compression. By combining a novel hybrid rotor geometry with innovative cooling techniques, our compressor is a huge leap forward in compression technology. The benefits extend beyond the compressor itself and also enable marked improvements in the overall compression package.
- An Improved Design
- Low vibration and noise: Our compressors generate very little vibration or noise due to the balanced and concentric motion of the design.
- Fewer moving parts: Our rotary design eliminates many of the extra moving parts required in reciprocating machines, such as tie rods and cross heads, resulting in fewer failure modes and improved reliability.
- Variable pressure ratio: Our compressors allow for variable outlet pressures, eliminating the built-in pressure ratio that often leads to over- or under-compression common in other rotary compressors.
- High suction efficiency: The lack of inlet valves eliminates losses from these valves, leading to high suction efficiency.
- Near-Isothermal Compression Benefits
- Reduced complexity and cost of equipment: The near-isothermal compression allows for compression ratios of 30 to 1 or higher, allowing for most applications to be handled with a single stage of compression. This simpler system eliminates costly inter-stage components.
- Improved efficiency: The near-isothermal operation improves efficiency by 30 percent or more over conventional adiabatic compressors, resulting in lower operating costs for producers.
- Multi-Phase Compression Benefits
- Reduced wellhead complexity: Multi-phase compression eliminates the need for costly separation at the wellhead so that separate equipment for handling liquids and gases is not needed.
- Lower infrastructure costs: A single, multi-phase production pipeline coming from the well allows for faster installation times and simpler equipment at the wellhead.
- Reduced footprint: Our compressors allow for centralized separation of liquids, reducing fugitive emissions and eliminating the need for trucks to remove these liquids.
- Elimination of wellhead flaring: Multi-phase compression prevents situations in which gas is flared at the wellhead, allowing for the more lucrative liquids to be recovered. Liquids and gases are removed in a single pipeline to a central facility for processing.