Autumn 2014

Deeper into the safety zone

Quick reactions allow ScanTech Offshore to deliver newly certified air compressors.

In June 2014, ScanTech Offshore secured a contract to deliver six DNV 2.7-2 certified air compressors to Ghana. The win highlights its swift response and dedication to the recent step change in safety requirements for offshore equipment in the well-testing sector.

Fast forward several months and ScanTech Offshore has its DNV 2.7-2 steam generators and further certified 2.7-2 compressors operating in Angola and the North Sea, too. This increased demand for its products underlines ScanTech Offshore’s position as the company of first choice in well-test support.

“The new 2.7-2 [offshore service modules] safety release is the latest standard for certification set by DNV GL [the leading technical advisor to the oil and gas industry]. It’s a significant development and looks set to become the definitive requirement for containerised equipment offshore when hydrocarbon is at the surface. Our investment in a fleet of 2.7-2 compressors means we are leading the way and are well placed to help customers meet these stringent requirements.”

Says Scott Berry, ScanTech Offshore’s project engineer. 

All six containerised, diesel-driven air compressors are intended for use in Zone II-rated hazardous areas, and capable of delivering 1,600 cubic feet of air per minute. In compliance with the new safety standard, they have superior gas and fire detection, the ability to shut down from installation and an automatic closure to contain fire, should one occur.

Designed to maintain a surface temperature of 200°C or lower, the compressors can operate within an ambient range of -20°C to 45°C, making them suitable for arctic and tropical climates.

Scott says:

“ScanTech Offshore has devoted significant time, effort and money for the R&D of a fleet [of compressors], to meet and exceed the expectations of duty holders [owners] and operators.”

Building on recent safety developments, ScanTech Offshore has now opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing base and offices in Great Yarmouth. As well as doubling its existing workforce and increasing its rental fleet capacity to more than 120 units per year, the new plant will ensure the company meets anticipated demand from well-testing customers during this transition to safer equipment.

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