Burckhardt Compression was chosen by PAZ Ashdod Refinery, to revamp its existing process gas compressors for hydrogen (H2) application so that it complies with the new health, safety and environment (HSE) standards.

The Israeli government tightened its HSE regulations so that they now reflect the highest level in this field.

The PAZ Ashdod Refinery, located in the coastal city of Ashdod, is currently the second largest oil refinery in Israel. PAZ Ashdod decided against a 1:1 replacement of the original OEM compressors, opting instead for a general revamp to the latest technology update conducted by Burckhardt Compression. In this way, a continuous improvement of their HSE compliancy was guaranteed.

Original cylinder with indicated leakages

Original cylinder with indicated leakages.

Burckhardt upgraded all three H2 compressors to the latest technology including conformity with API 618, advanced technology designs were applied to cylinders and all related compressor components, and a new motor with flexible coupling for lower maintenance and higher reliability was also installed.

Malachi Alper, CEO of the PAZ Ashdod Refinery, commented, “A beautiful project! Looking back to the beginning of the project and the situation we were confronted with, I am thrilled to see amazing low fugitive emissions results thanks to the new technology applied by Burckhardt Compression. Of course, I will recommend Burckhardt Compression to every other petrochemical and refinery plant.”

New cylinder from Burckhardt Compression, designed according to API 618 5th edition during the revamp service installation.

New cylinder from Burckhardt Compression, designed according to API 618 5th edition during the revamp service installation.