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Dresser-Rand to Highlight Deep Sea Solutions at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference


HOUSTON, TEXAS – March 18, 2013 – Dresser-Rand, a global supplier of rotating equipment solutions to the oil, gas, petrochemical, power, and process industries, will showcase innovative technologies designed to improve efficiency and reduce life cycle costs for the offshore sector, including deep sea solutions, at the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

Industry engineers and executives visiting booth #9659 will have the opportunity to learn more about
Dresser-Rand offerings for deep sea and floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) applications. Some of the technologies on display will include DATUM® ICS compressors, Guascor® gas engines and Synchrony® magnetic bearings.

“Our offshore clients are constantly looking for innovative solutions that will improve efficiency and reduce the costs of their platforms and operating facilities,” said Harry Miller, director of Emerging Technologies for Dresser-Rand. “Our industry-leading compressors and rotating equipment help our clients lower their lifecycle costs and total cost of ownership.”

DATUM ICS – A Compact Compression System
The DATUM integrated compression system (ICS) uses high-efficiency DATUM centrifugal compressor technology as a platform. The DATUM ICS integrates proprietary separation technology, Synchrony magnetic bearing technology and Dresser- Rand DATUM compressor technology together with process piping and coolers into a single-lift package that can be connected in the field to the process piping and a power source. It provides a complete compression system that can be applied to all markets – upstream, midstream and downstream – with the smallest footprint, reduced weight and at the lowest total installed cost.

During OTC, Dresser-Rand will promote its subsea capabilities of DATUM ICS. Because the compressor, motor, separation system, and gas coolers are contained within the same process module, the DATUM ICS can be installed as a single, compact unit-eliminating the need for large stand-alone separators. This reduced weight and smaller footprint allow the DATUM ICS to provide a complete compression system in a compact, cost-effective design that is ideal for subsea applications.

Oil and gas operators using the DATUM ICS can benefit from the overall size reduction of production facilities, platforms and sub-sea modules as the DATUM ICS system weighs only half that of conventional modules and reduces the total footprint by up to 65 percent for topside applications. Clients also experience reduced life cycle costs, as well as reduced installation and startup times when using the DATUM ICS unit.

Synchrony Magnetic Bearings Improve Efficiency of Rotating Equipment
Magnetic bearings bring a new, more reliable fault-tolerant magnetic bearing technology to the marketplace. Available in a variety of standard frame sizes in both radial and thrust configurations, magnetic bearings can be used in electric motors, generators and steam turbines. Magnetic bearings eliminate the need for lubricants, offer no mechanical wear or friction and bearing characteristics can be tailored to optimize performance. The use of magnetic bearings in rotating machinery means decreased process downtime, longer machine life, improved machine efficiency through the use of high speed motors, elimination of gears, and reduced maintenance costs.

The use of magnetic bearings reduces environmental footprint by eliminating ancillary equipment, including oil lubrication systems, and have been shown to help reduce energy consumption. By minimizing bearing losses, eliminating gearbox losses and improving aerodynamic efficiency, improvements in energy efficiency can often be achieved in rotating machinery.

Guascor Gas Engines Reduce Consumption and Obtain More Power
The Dresser-Rand four-stroke, direct injection, turbocharged-after cooled Guascor power engine, with four valves per cylinder, is the latest technology in supercharging and fuel injection. The unique technology makes it possible to obtain more power while reducing consumption and the temperature in the combustion chamber.

The design of the Guascor engine’s piston and cylinder-head, along with its liner cooling systems, facilitates thermodynamic balance and results in in less wear and longer engine component life. Piston tightness is provided by three rings, with minimum friction and less oil consumption. The high-quality materials and components have passed challenging stress tests and trials before their acceptance.

More than 90 percent of the parts of the different Guascor models are interchangeable. This allows larger production runs, improved quality controls and better spares service.

To learn more about Dresser-Rand and its services, stop by booth #9659 during OTC on May 6-9, 2013 or visit