Kaishan USA | October 4, 2023 | Uncategorized
Offshore platforms are much larger than land-based drilling rigs because they sometimes need to go through hundreds or thousands of feet of water before drilling begins.
Compressed air plays a pivotal role in almost every energy-related application in the global economy. Compressors support all stages of oil and gas production. They show up in power plants and wind energy applications. They’re even found in energy storage. Let’s take a closer look.
Rotary screw air compressors appear in so many energy-intensive applications because of a wide range of advantages, including the following:
Kaishan’s KRSP and KRSP2 screw compressors are backed by an unmatched lifetime airend warranty thanks to their reliability, efficiency and long life.
While it is true that many larger applications like drilling operations and refineries use powerful centrifugal compressors to produce large volumes of compressed air, you find rotary screw air compressors meeting a wide range of needs in a compressed air system, serving as:
Both single- and two-stage rotary screw air compressors are available, but two-stage models will generate more compressed air for less energy.
Kaishan’s KRSP2 premium rotary screw air compressors deliver large volumes of air with industry-leading efficiency and reliability.
Rotary screw air compressors are used in applications as wide-ranging as onshore drilling, offshore drilling, gas compression, pipeline and process services and well testing.
From seismic exploration to production, drilling and treatment, air compressor systems help recover crude oil and prepare it for shipment and processing. Applications can range from small rigs to much larger drilling operations.
Compressed air supplies the power that turns drill bits in drilling operations and helps control the pressure inside the wellbore, preventing dangerous blowouts. Operators also use compressed air to aerate drilling fluid or mud and blow away the debris that accumulates on the drill bit.
Air compressors support a wide range of drilling operations in oil drilling operations, both onshore and offshore.
Offshore oil platforms may also use compressed air for painting, sandblasting, cleaning or blowing out pipelines.
In addition, air compressors supply compressed air to downhole tools that take critical performance measurements on a well while fluids still flow from the reservoir.
Air compressors help transport crude oil from the source to refineries where it can be processed. They help move products in pipelines and transfer stations.
They are also involved in vapor recovery, fuel gas and wellhead boosting. They maintain or increase flow into a pipeline system transporting gas.
Air compressors drive sandblasting that helps keep oil drilling equipment and oil pipelines free of rust and corrosion.
Compressed air is used throughout an oil refinery in several different ways:
Compressed air systems help get the end products—gasoline, fuel oil, kerosene and jet fuel—to the energy, power generation and consumer markets. Not to mention the petroleum byproducts that create myriad plastics and building materials.
Air compressors power pneumatic tools technicians use to perform tasks such as blade maintenance, gearbox inspections and general repairs. These tools ensure that wind turbines continue to generate clean energy effectively.
Technicians use pneumatic tools to perform blade maintenance, gearbox inspections and general repairs, ensuring that wind turbines continue to generate clean energy effectively.
Fossil fuel power plants need a precise mixture of fuel and air to create the combustion that ensures efficient energy generation and reduced emissions. Air compressors play a crucial role in supplying the plants with the air they require at the pressures they need.
In addition, power plants use pneumatics extensively to control equipment and system functions by operating control valves, actuators and other devices.
Compressed air energy storage (CAES) systems store compressed air in underground reservoirs.
The compressed air is released when demand surges, driving turbines and generating electricity. Air compressors play a central role in this energy storage process, contributing to grid stability and peak demand management.
Many companies, not just in oil and gas, use compressors powered by diesel motors to fill many of the functions mentioned above, especially as backups when a main air compressor goes down.
Unfortunately, that solution, though it gives you flexibility, is expensive—it costs two to four times more. Plus, it produces a lot of emissions, and the air is of lower quality--most portable diesel air compressors do not include an aftercooler, so they send wet air to the dryer, making it work harder.
In addition, there are significant savings in maintenance costs: a portable diesel compressor will need oil and filters every 250 hours. If you’re operating 24/7, that could mean they need maintenance every ten days. And then there’s a problem of supplying the unit with diesel fuel every 12 hours.
Electric air compressors can offer the same level of flexibility with significant energy savings. Plus, their maintenance is much less of an issue. They will need regular maintenance every three month or 2,000 operating hours.
Kaishan USA works with a nationwide network of independent distributors, who can provide on-site help and consultation as needed. These factory-trained air compression experts have an investment in their local communities and can service your air compressor system without a problem. And they have staff members who are skilled in using leak-detection technology on a daily basis.
Selecting the right rotary screw air compressor is critical to the operation of any energy-intensive application. If you need help choosing the right compressor for your application, get in touch with the experts at Kaishan. Contact us today.
Compressed air plays a pivotal role in almost every energy-related application in the global economy.
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