LNG Journal editor
Swiss company Burckhardt Compression, whose LNG offerings include the Laby brand of compressors and boil-off gas solutions, said it signed a five-year service agreement covering nine LNG carriers with a total of 12 Laby-GI Compressors onboard.
All nine LNG carriers are fitted with two-stroke, slow-speed and electronically-controlled, gas-injection M-type (ME-GI) engines and equipped with Laby-GI Compressors for boil-off gas management.
Building on their close and long-term partnership, the two companies jointly developed a lifecycle concept based on the operational experience gained in the field.
This marks a major milestone in Burckhardt Compression’s push to offer lifecycle solutions tailored to customer needs.
The new long-term service agreement (LTSA) will bring considerable added value to the customer's operation, such as improved lifecycle costs, operational efficiency and accurate preventive maintenance.
“This LTSA is a clear expression of our customer’s long-term confidence in our ability to deliver reliable, tangible value to their business. We look forward to deepening our partnership over time,” says Rainer Dübi, President, Burckhardt Compression Services Division.
The scope of the LTSA covers scheduled maintenance parts of the compressors, dedicated supervision, preventive maintenance via remote diagnostics, field services, and project management over a period of five years.
Compressor maintenance will be carried out during vessel operation for maximum efficiency.
All nine LNG carriers are ME-GI powered and equipped with Laby®-GI Compressors for BOG management.
Burckhardt said in November 2019 that it had acquired a US field services firm, the Arkos Group, by purchasing the 60 percent of Arkos it did not already own. The Arkos workforce numbers 250 employees.
Burckhardt initially acquired a 40 percent interest in Arkos Group in December 2015.
Arkos Field Services and Burckhardt will aim to be independent one-stop providers for equipment and service in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.