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Vacuum Pumps and Compressors for Vapour Recovery, Gas Processing and Pipeline Drying

Pneumofore is a manufacturer and a global supplier of high-quality compressors and vacuum solutions for an extensive range of industrial applications worldwide.

Pneumofore is a leading supplier of centralised vacuum and compressed air and gas systems for industrial applications worldwide. The company manufactures machines based on rotary vane technology to guarantee long-lasting operation, high performance and the lowest life cycle costs on the market.

As one of the historical manufacturers and developers of rotary vane technology, Pneumofore pioneering machines and systems are specially designed to deliver reliable, trouble-free operation for decades, even in the harshest working environments.

Combining Swiss engineering and Italian design since 1923, Pneumofore’s vacuum and compressor systems feature robust, heavy-duty designs for maximum durability and are built to comply with the oil and gas industry’s most exacting safety standards, such as ATEX 2 directive.

Vacuum pumps for vapour recovery processes

Pneumofore’s advanced rotary vane vacuum pumps have proven to be highly cost-effective solutions in terms of long-term operational costs and are relied upon worldwide for the operation of industrial vapour recovery units (VRUs).

Pneumofore provides rotary vane air end for vapour recovery VRU applications.
Our vacuum pumps can be supplied in heavy-duty skid-mounted units or specialised container systems for safe and easy transportation to the project site.
Pneumofore ready-to-use, air-cooled vacuum systems from the UV H Series are able to efficiently evacuate water vapour even in harsh environment, such as deserts or tropical climates.
Two Pneumofore UV16 H vacuum pumps with water vapour suction capabilities for gas pipeline drying, operating in their Hot Climate version in East-West India.
A K2.60 gas booster compressor system operating in the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and processing cycle.
Two Pneumofore K120.4 gas compressor systems operating in the oil and gas industry in Thailand.

The sturdy rotary vane air-ends feature a minimalist design with only two bearings, no consumable parts and durable housing for optimum protection in extreme deployment locations.

The simplicity of the pumps’ design, along with the efficiency of the direct coupling, enables the system to achieve low rotation speed and, consequently, a low operating temperature, which decreases power consumption and vapour emissions, while improving overall reliability.

Pneumofore’s air-end components are fully ATEX-certified for Zone 1 applications and have been successfully deployed in a variety of installations across Europe and Asia for gas and vapour recovery operations.

Transportable air-cooled vacuum systems for pipeline drying applications

Pipeline drying using vacuum technology can be conducted faster and more economically using pump systems that have been purpose-designed to effectively evacuate water vapour.

Pneumofore’s vacuum solutions exceed expectations regarding the duration of pipeline drying processes. For example, the 75kW, single-stage UV50 rotary vane pump is capable of removing 214kg/h of water vapour with the capacity of 3,240m³/h without the need for supplementary power supply. Additional vacuum stages can also be added to the backing pump depending on the final dew point. The company’s ready-to-use air-cooled vacuum systems can easily fit mobile operations on trucks, containers or vessels, both offshore and onshore.

Double-stage vacuum pumps for pipeline drying processes

Pneumofore’s rotary vane vacuum systems operate in a single-stage configuration during the initial phase, down to a pressure level of approximately 50mbar(a). The second-stage roots pump is then activated in order to increase the system’s capacity and improve the ultimate vacuum level, down to roughly 0.03mbar(a), until the final dew point is reached.

The two pump stages are assembled into a single heavy-duty frame to facilitate easy lifting and handling, and the system requires only a power supply and single pipe connection for operation. The pump can be easily transported to and from deployment locations in a protective, easy-to-carry container.

These highly convenient vacuum pumps have a proven track record of achieving excellent pipeline dryness compared to other solutions, and also avoid the excessive time and cost requirements encountered with methods such as methanol swabbing. In addition, these vacuum solutions are able to address further air-drying issues, such as extracting water from side-pipe traps.

Pneumofore technologies evacuate water vapour continuously while consuming a minimal amount of power and avoiding the need for cooling water, chillers or towers.

Versatile gas compressor systems for the petrochemical sector

Pneumofore’s compressor systems meet the gas compression requirements of a wide variety of industries worldwide, including the oil and gas, chemicals, and power sectors. These rugged, premium-quality gas compressor units have been specially designed to comply with the latest and strictest safety specifications, such as the ATEX directive for Zone 1.

Our versatile gas compression solutions are compatible with an extensive selection of gases, including methane (CH₄), ethane (C₂H₆), carbon dioxide (CO₂) and nitrogen (N₂), as well as biogas and natural gas, making them ideal for a broad range of industrial applications.

The company’s dependable rotary vane technology facilitates trouble-free operation and consistently reliable performance over the entire project lifecycle, in addition to offering some of the lowest overall operational costs available on the market.

Air-cooled mobile compressors and vacuum systems for remote environments

Pneumofore provides ready-to-use solutions for mobile deployment on board trucks, containers and vessels, both onshore and offshore.

These innovative rotary vane compressors and vacuum pumps are often used as a replacement solution for problematic liquid-ring vacuums and hyper-dry compressed air and gas units due to their significantly reduced power consumption and lack of need for water during operation.

They also feature simple, minimalist designs for increased original equipment manufacturer (OEM) independence, along with easy operation and hassle-free, in-field maintenance capabilities.

The extremely hard-wearing design and build quality of Pneumofore’s systems meet the specifications for mobile applications on truck trailers, even on unpaved roads or in isolated locations where cooling water isn’t readily available, as evidenced by Gazprom’s operations in Russia.

Powerful ATEX-accredited compressor systems for explosive areas

Pneumofore’s compressor systems are appropriate for installed power rates of up to 630kW, as well as pressures from 2.5bar(g) to 10bar(g), and are equipped with an exclusive air cooling system to ensure high-performance in hot climates.

These compressors’ simple and effective design features direct coupling and low rotation speeds with only two bearings, few moving parts and very low compression temperatures. The reliable rotary vane concept allows for higher efficiency and significantly reduced risk of explosion compared to other systems.

Pneumofore also provides special designs that are carefully optimised for deployment on offshore installations, as well as heavy framed-variants for easy lifting operations and tailored solutions for use in underground mines upon request.

Our cutting-edge systems are rigorously tested and certified for Atex Zone 1 applications, which ensures superior safety and reliability during operations in hazardous areas and ex-proof zones.

UV Series – Air-Cooled Vacuum Pumps

Pneumofore’s UV Series air-cooled vacuum pump systems have been specially designed to deliver excellent energy savings, minimised running costs and versatile operation in harsh locations.

A Series – Air-Cooled Air Compressors

Pneumofore’s A Series air compressors have been carefully developed to meet the highest specifications for trouble-free operation and consistent high-performance in any deployment scenario, including 24/7 operation.

K Series – Gas Compressor Systems

The K Series gas compressor systems are the solution for gas treatment and processing applications that need high energy savings, low operational cost and constant efficiency throughout the entire project lifecycle.

System Engineering

Every Pneumofore solution includes custom system engineering by the company’s technical office.

Pneumofore A520 Twin Air Compressor

Specifically designed based on the customer’s requests, this unit is equipped with two Rotary Vane air-ends working at the same time and it delivers between 17.5m³/min to 75m³/min with a nominal installed power of 400kW total.

New Vacuum System in the Production of Petronas Lubricants

Vacuum technology is commonly used during the production of lubricants for industrial and automotive use for decanting liquids in large quantities, and for the evaporation of condensation accumulated during the storage and transportation phases.

Vacuum Drying of Gas Pipelines

Gazprom used Pneumofore vacuum systems for the drying process during the commissioning of gas pipelines. This solution was later extended for the drying of thousands of gas pipeline kilometres in Russia, with the improved performance of -52°C (-61.6°F) dew point.

Testing the Second Compression Stage for Natural Gas Processing

Pneumofore met the challenge to design a second gas compression stage from eight to 14 bar(g). The company's engineers worked for months to prepare the prototype in order to satisfy the request of a European liquefied natural gas processing company, which had contacted +10 other companies before but without any result.

24 July 2020

Pneumofore Vacuum Solutions for Pipeline Drying at Gastech 2018

Pneumofore, leading manufacturer of vacuum pumps and compressors since 1923, will exhibit for the first time at Gastech, the world’s most important conference and exhibition for the gas, LNG end energy industries, held between 17-20 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.

18 September 2018

Pneumofore Introduces New Atex-Certified K Series Gas Compressors

Vacuum pump and compressor systems specialist Pneumofore is pleased to announce the launch of its new line of K Series rotary vane gas compressor solutions, which have been specially designed to deliver optimum performance in industrial gas treatment and processing applications.

11 June 2018

Pneumofore Unveils Redesigned Website

Leading rotary vane compressor and vacuum pump specialist Pneumofore is pleased to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website.

4 April 2018

Pneumofore Successfully Commissions Vacuum Drying System for Pipeline in India

At the beginning of 2011, two Pneumofore engineers travelled to India for the commissioning of six vacuum systems, model UV16 H B2500B, delivered to Narmada Offshore Constructions, a specialist in pigging and hydro-testing to serve the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. The pipeline is in Ujjai

22 February 2011

Shorten the Drying Time of Gas Pipelines with Pneumofore Systems

Pneumofore, the oldest rotary compressor and vacuum pump manufacturer worldwide, is pleased to offer a free service of total drying time calculation. All you have to do is to simply provide the total water mass, the pipeline volume (length, diameter, water film thickness) and the dew point.

27 January 2011

Pneumofore Designs Ultimate Vacuum System for Gas Pipeline Commissioning

Based on experience collected over the years through numerous projects in collaboration with companies involved in gas pipeline commissioning, Pneumofore has designed the ultimate vacuum system, which has higher capacity, is completely air cooled, and compact for easy transportation in a 20ft con

18 October 2010
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