It seems that fossil fuels will continue to be the primary source of energy in the decades to come. However, solutions for the accompanying problems – for example the creation of greenhouse gases – have to be provided.

LEWA and Burckhardt Compression have taken up the challenge of this task. In the future both enterprises will jointly manufacture systems that not only increase the production capacity of oil, but also simultaneously decrease the emission of ecologically harmful gases.

Since the global oil reserves keep dwindling, methods of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) have been deployed in the extraction of oil for many years. In this process, chemicals or gases like carbon dioxide are injected into oil fields in order to increase the underground pressure and reduce the crude oil’s viscosity. Thus the oil is virtually pressed upward. Thanks to this method the yield of a reservoir can be up to 60%, whereas only 20% to 40% can be achieved with primary and secondary recovery.

In the course of the partnership between Lewa and Burckhardt Compression this EOR will be combined with the carbon capture and storage technology (CCS). The seminal CCS technology is arguably one of the most effective means to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is because acid gases, such as hydrogen sulphide (H2S) and carbon dioxide, that occurs during oil production are captured and sequestrated. Afterwards they are stored in underground rock formations.

The agreement that was officially sealed during a meeting in Leonberg on August 27, 2012, unites competence leaders from the fields of pumps and compressors. Lewa is the leading manufacturer of process diaphragm pumps and metering and mixing packages for process engineering.

Burckhardt Compression is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of reciprocating compressors. The company is recognised as the only compressor manufacturer of a complete range of Laby® (labyrinth piston), Laby®-GI, Process Gas, and Hyper compressors.

With their combined know-how the companies have managed to develop a process that allows for a highly energy efficient compression.