New compressor technology

Paul Boughton

ATR Group is set to introduce new compressor technology to the Norwegian market following a £7million GBP investment in its rental fleet.

The company’s Power Solutions division is one of the only organisations supplying the DNV 2.7-2 NORSOK Z-015 and ATEX standard Zone II compressors to the Norwegian sector and has invested in an initial 20 units for use across its network of North Sea clients.

Designed to deliver a raft of improved safety and operating features as well as reduced noise emission levels, the first compressors are scheduled for delivery in September 2014.

With a view to further investment to support the overseas arena, ATR is actively looking to expand into the Netherlands as well as several other key strategic areas. In response to customer demand in the Caspian region, a further six units have been commissioned and are expected to be shipped to ATR’s facility in the region in Q3 2014.

The investment comes after 18 months of sustained growth across the Aberdeen-headquartered group as it meets a growing market demand for equipment and services.

John Cooper, director of ATR’s Power Solutions division, said: “The inspection, repair and maintenance market in Norway is as buoyant as it is elsewhere with a sustained programme of rig fabric maintenance underway in addition to numerous barge campaigns and other activity.

“Within this environment operators are looking for increased flexibility and we are seeing a trend towards a move away from the older style compressor in favour of higher specification equipment capable of operating across hazardous and non-hazardous areas.

“We are pleased to be building on our heritage of bringing innovative technologies to our customers. The addition of the NORSOK equipment complements our existing fleet of fully containerised Zone II and Rigsafe compressors that are supporting projects around the world.”

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