When biological waste processor company Organic Waste Systems (OWS), located in Ghent, Belgium, looked online for a partner to inert their biogas installations in France and Germany, Atlas Copco Rental came up. Today OWS can look back on five tailored rental solutions for inerting their biogas pipelines.
A successful year of inerting
An inerting system decreases the probability of combustion of flammable materials stored in a confined space, especially a fuel tank, by maintaining a chemically non-reactive or "inert" gas, such as nitrogen, in such a space.
January and May 2015: 2 projects in France
The first project took place at the OWS factory in Chagny. OWS needed a flow of 500 m³/h of nitrogen. The PTS 1600 oil-free mobile compressor combined with a NGM 1000 nitrogen generator were just the perfect combination.
The second project, at their factory in Viriat, required a lower flow of 200 m³/h of nitrogen. This meant that the installation had to be built up differently. Together with OWS, we defined that a ZT 90 VSD FF oil-free electric compressor feeding a NGM 280 nitrogen generator, combined with a QAS 200 power generator would do the work just right.
Both systems were secured on a trailer that would stay on site for the duration of the contract, in order to save on transportation costs. We also gave the OWS technicians a special training to operate the installation and provided them with a tailored manual, to guarantee a safe inerting process.
June and August: next stop Germany
In the summer we worked on a new project in Kaiserslautern to inert the two reactors of OWS biogas installations. We did so in a similar way as in France: both projects required 500 m³/h of nitrogen making the combined efforts of PTS 1600 and NGM 1000 a perfect solution once more. Both installations were delivered on a trailer and this time one of our Rental service technicians stayed present to ensure everything went smoothly.
All projects mentioned supplied a nitrogen purity of 96% to 97%.
Anton Kerkhofs, Project Engineer at OWS, says:
We are very satisfied with the result of our Google search for a suitable partner! We recently completed one more similar project in Münster, Germany – our 5th project with Atlas Copco Rental so far. We are very satisfied with their quality products and service.