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HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS


PROCESS GAS COMPRESSION, REFRIGERATION AND MINE COOLING

HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS

PROCESS GAS COMPRESSORS


Howden Process Compressors engineers, manufactures and commissions several compression systems, using either oil-free or oil
injected rotary twin-screw compressors, or integrally-geared centrifugal turbo blowers. Engineered roots-type rotary-lobe air blowers
and liquid ring gas compressors and distribution systems complete the package.

Product Capabilities

Applications

Oil-free and Oil-injected Screw Compressor


Systems
Capacities of up to 70 000 m3/hr (oil free)
Capacities of up to 15 000 m3/hr (oil injected)
Maximum operating pressures to 30 bar g
(oil free)
Maximum operating pressures to 60 bar g
(oil injected)

Sulphur Recovery
Air blowers providing reaction air for the catalytic
recovery of sulphur within the petrochemical
industry.

Single-stage Turbo Blowers


Capacities of up to 125 000 m3/hr
Pressure ratios of 1,3 to 3 (single stage)
Static pressures of up to 7 bar abs
Combined inlet and diffuser vane control for the
highest efficiency over the entire operating range

Flue Gas Desulphurisation


Oxidation air blowers associated with the cleaning
of flue gases produced by the power generation and
heavy manufacturing industries.

Low-speed Centrifugal Blowers


Capacities of up to 50 000 m3/hr
Pressure ratios of up to 1,7
Static pressures of up to 2 bar abs
Engineered Roots-type Rotary-lobe Gas Blowers
Capacities of up to 12 000 m3/hr
Pressure ratios of between 1,3 and 1,95
Static pressures of up to 2 bar abs
Two lobe and tri-lobe rotor design
Liquid-ring Compressor Systems
Capacities of up to 36 000 m3/hr
Pressure ratios of up to 2
Static pressure of up to 2 bar abs

Right: A Howden Turbo Blower

Sulphuric Acid Plant


Combustion air blowers and process gas mixture
cleaning, sometimes combined.

Industry Effluent Treatment


Air blowers associated with the biological treatment
of effluent within industrial plants.
Furnace/Smelter/Reactor Air Supply
Air blowers providing combustion or reaction air
primarily for the petrochemical and metals industries.
Process Gas Blowers
Blowers handling a wide range of process gases for
the petrochemical and heavy manufacturing
industries.

Fuel Gas Blowers


Blowers handling natural and dirty coke-oven,
manufactured, landfill and other bio gases (landfill
extraction).
Furnace Off-gas Recompression
LR Compressors to re-compress scrubbed furnace
off-gas.
Carbon Black Plant
Air blowers providing combustion air for associated
furnaces.
Waste Water Treatment
Air blowers used in the biological treatment of
effluent in municipal sewage treatment plants.
Fermentation
Air blowers associated with biochemical fermentation
within the pharmaceutical and additive industries.
Petrochemical
Butadiene, ethylene, flare gas recovery, lime kiln,
process cooling, soda ash, sour hydrocarbons.

HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS

REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS
We supply packaged refrigeration compressor sets, process chillers with S&T or plate heat exchangers, mine refrigeration machines
and ice-making plants and turnkey cooling plants.

Product Capabilities
Refrigeration Compressors
Positive displacement oil-injected screw
compressors for 10% - 100% capacity
Largest-capacity range from 293 to 10 580 m3/h
swept volume (50 Hz)
Refrigeration capacity insensitive to changes in
condensing temperature
Refrigeration capacity insensitive to fouling of
evaporators and condensers
Direct drive via 2-pole or 4-pole electric motors
Howden semi-synthetic oils for lubrication systems
Oil cooling by refrigerant injection/thermosyphon
or water-cooled oil cooler
A minimum part load operation of 10% without
hot gas bypass
Variable compression ratios for optimal efficiency
Refrigeration applications at temperatures as low
as -400C
Plate Heat Exchanger Chillers
Reduced water circulation rates due to 0,50C
Low maintenance and reduced fouling
Heat exchanger size can be varied to
accommodate changes in water flow rates
Choice of materials of manufacture, for example
316 SS, Avesta 254 or titanium
Resistant to damage resulting from accidental
freezing
No cranage required for maintenance of PHE
High COP of flooded thermosyphon design
Compact design is one fifth the size of
conventional shell and tube heat exchangers
Ammonia Refrigerant
High thermodynamic efficiency
Low approach temperatures
Low refrigerant circulation rate
High heat transfer coefficients
Ease of leak detection
Low refrigerant charge and cost
Locally manufactured
Environmentally friendly

HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS

General
Howden superfeed (economiser) systems are
available for enhanced COP
No refrigerant pump-out facilities required
No internal corrosion of the plant
No refrigerant pumps required
Custom design to client/international
specifications
Chiller Performance Data

321/193
321/220
365/165
365/193
510/165
510/193

Refrigeration
Cap kW(R)*

Absorbed
Power kW(E)

4 900
5 800
6 100
7 200
8 500
9 500

850
990
1 110
1 300
1 430
1 600

Evaporating temperature: -1,50C


Condensing temperature: 300C
Chilled water: 0,50C water cooled
* Smaller capacities also available
Applications
Petrochemical
Engineered process chillers to API specifications.
Mining
Refrigeration machines, turnkey cooling projects and
ice plants for underground cooling.
Food and Beverage
Refrigeration for breweries, abattoirs and fermentation
processes.

Top left and right: Mine Refrigeration


Plants; Bottom left: A Liquid Ring
Compressor; A CAD Rendering Image
of a Mine Refrigeration Plant (second
from left); A Reciprocating Diaphragm
Compressor (third from left) and a Mine
Cooling Plant Heat Exchanger (fourth
from left).

HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS

A COMPLETE CAPABILITY
Howden Process Compressors is a specialist contracting division of Howden Projects, a business unit within Howden Africa Holdings
Limited. We offer custom-engineered process and mine cooling, refrigeration and process gas compression solutions. Our turnkey
installations, or equipment supplied to customer specification, are supported by comprehensive engineering support services, all backed
by a quality management system certified in accordance with ISO 9001.
Our Capabilities
Site performance assessment and monitoring
Compressor and blower factory rebuilds
OEM spares with strategic stock holdings
Customer service support comprising installation
and commissioning, site inspection, fault finding
and testing and in-house/on-site training
Field Services
Compliance with statutory inspection codes
Routine maintenance and performance monitoring
Fault finding
Plant installation
Plant safety upgrades and audits
Commissioning services
Valve and oil pump refurbishment
Compressor and Blower Rebuilds
All makes of rotary screw compressors
Centrifugal compressor conversions and overhauls
Roots blower repairs, rebuilds, site monitoring
and performance testing
Spare Parts
Howden screw compressor original parts
Oil coalescing elements and oil filters for all makes
of compressor sets and other related equipment
(Jordan, Blackmer, Robinet)
Howden Refrigeration Oils
Performance semi-synthetic oil for low oil carry
over and extended intervals between oil changes
Routine oil analysis and centrifuge cleaning and
dehydrating of oils
Plant Upgrades
Complete plant rebuilds
Heat exchanger field servicing
Pneumatic site testing of vessels and pipe
installations for statutory recertification

Top: Howden Compressors.


Bottom left: Matching screws for a Howden
Compressor for refurbishment; a
Refrigeration Plant (centre); and a Roots
Blower (right).

HOWDEN PROCESS COMPRESSORS

ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE WORLDWIDE


Howden Africa is a partner within the Howden worldwide organisation,
the global force in air and gas handling. With over 150 years' experience
in engineering fans, blowers, air preheaters, compressors and associated
equipment, Howden has a workforce of around 3 500 employees and
companies in 16 countries. We have a presence on every continent, and
an impressive track record of invention and innovation that is today being
carried forward by significant investment in technological research and
development, dedication to environmental improvement, and a
commitment to the training and welfare of our staff.

Howden Process Compressors


A Division of Howden Africa Holdings Ltd
PO Box 9501
Johannesburg
2000
Tel: +27 (0) 11 240 4000
Fax: +27 (0) 11 493 3861
E-mail: enquiries@howden.co.za
www.howden.co.za

Howden Africa Holdings Limited. 2010.


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