ATR Group, a global equipment specialist, has unveiled two exclusively designed ‘whisper quiet’ type Zone II compressors following a multi-million pound investment in a new fleet, built to service both the UK and international regions.
Zone II compressors are used for supplying temporary compressed air when there is a risk of hydrocarbons being released into the atmosphere such as oil and gas processing plants, offshore installations, production vessels and on any asset during drilling and fabrication maintenance work.
Working alongside Cummins
The Aberdeen-based company has collaborated with Cummins manufacturers to deliver improved safety and operating features on the compressors alongside significantly reducing noise emission levels. These upgrades will offer a safer working environment to the offshore oil and gas workforce, both in the North Sea and internationally.
ATR’s Power Solutions division has an exclusive deal with Cummins for the specific designs of these ATEX DNV 2-7-2 and ATEX NORSOK Z-015 units, making the company the only supplier in the UK.
Diesel-driven air compressor models
Manufactured in Holland, both diesel-driven air compressor models have been fitted with hydrocarbon (including hydrogen sulfide), detection and shutdown.
State-of-the-art ATEX monitoring features to ensure operational safety of the equipment are also standard. The NORSOK model also includes a fixed firefighting detection and suppression system with automatic louvres built into the DNV 2-7-2 container. Units can be operated whilst stacked and both can be monitored and operated from ground level.
Importantly, from a cost saving and health and safety perspective, the 3GHI protection system, fitted to both models, negates the need for flame traps, thus reducing maintenance or operational downtime.
Chief Executive of ATR Group, Keith Moorhouse said: “This major investment in ATR Power Solution’s rental fleet demonstrates our commitment to delivering innovative and technologically advanced equipment to our clients in offshore exploration and production operations across the world.” He continued: “These Cummins Zone II compressors set a new benchmark for the lowest engine and noise emissions in their sector at just 76 dB(A).”
Moorhouse added the company also carries out comprehensive training either offshore or at the new purpose-built facility at ABZ Business Park. “We want to make sure our clients’ personnel completely familiarise themselves with the new safety functions of the machinery to ensure the operator and end client have total peace of mind.”
Edited from sources by Elizabeth Corner