Compass Compression Kick’s Off Construction of Their New Fabrication Facility

Plans to construct a new fabrication facility, located in Calgary’s Southeast Frontier Industrial Park, became reality as Compass Compressions ownership group, John Forgeron, Phil Ness and Scott Douglas gathered on-site for the initial groundbreaking, July 23 2014.


Compass Compressions Ownership Group, breaking ground 
for their new facility. (From left: Scott Douglas, Vice President Sales, 
John Forgeron, President, and Phil Ness, Vice President Operations.)
“Construction will go quickly,” said Phil Ness, Vice President Operations at Compass Compression. “We plan to have the foundation and building envelope completed before December, allowing interior work to continue through the winter months. We hope to start moving equipment into the shop by mid 2015."

Compass Compression currently operates in 62,000 square feet of shop space in three separate facilities. The new facility is not intended to replace current shop space, but allow Compass Compression to re-purpose existing space to grow small horsepower and VRU business and meet higher market demand for large horsepower compressor packages.

Compass Compression Announces its Plans to Break Ground on a New Fabrication Facility

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Compass Compression:  New 75,000 sq. ft. Fabrication Facility

Compass Compression announces its plans to build a new fabrication facility in Calgary, AB.  This new facility is strategically located to provide cold weather packages to Compass’ Canadian and Northern US customer base.

Construction of a new 75,000 square foot fabrication facility located in Calgary’s Southeast Frontier Industrial Park is scheduled to begin construction next month (July, 2014). Upon completion, expected in the second quarter of 2015, Compass Compression will have approximately 125,000 square feet of gas compression fabrication capacity. The addition of the new facility increases the company’s fabrication capacity by almost 50 percent.

“As the industry moves toward a higher volume of large horsepower compressor packages, we have been shop constrained,” said John Forgeron, President of Compass Compression.  “The design of the new facility will give us an extremely efficient large horsepower shop which allows us to fulfill current and future client demands, it will also free up existing space to grow our VRU and small HP compression business.”

Compass Compression has been focused on growth since the appointment of a new ownership group in 2008.  Recently, Compass Compression has been recognized for achieving 444% growth in revenue over the past five years.  The new facility is another step intended to position the company for continued growth and further success.

 

 

More about Compass Compression

Compass Compression is a growth oriented company focused on capability, response and partnership.  Our highly technical team and significantly expanded packaging capabilities bring in-depth industry knowledge and hands on experience to any compression project.  Compass Compression offers standard and custom screw, reciprocating and vane compressor packages between 5 and 8,000 HP, and also provides comprehensive field services, large horsepower compressor package rentals and a dedicated retrofit team.

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Celebrating our Spruce Grove Service Branch Grand Opening



Today Compass Compression celebrates our Spruce Grove Service Branch Grand Opening.  The company continues to focus on growth by opening two new field service locations in Western Canada.  Compass has provided several new compression packages to central Alberta / Southern Saskatchewan, resulting in increased opportunities for commissioning, start up assistance, maintenance and other mechanical field services.  This along with customer requirements for field revamps and overhauls in these areas helped to make the decision to set up new service branches in Spruce Grove, Alberta and Regina, Saskatchewan.

“Extending our geographical reach, increases our ability to deliver excellent service to existing customers, and build relationships with new customers,” says Kirk Dunn, Director of Service at Compass. "Strategically locating these facilities and staff enables quicker response times to customers’ operational needs.”

The new location in Spruce Grove is 6000 square feet and will be used as a combination service branch, and overhaul shop.  It includes a comprehensive inventory of parts, retrofit and exchange equipment, bays for overhaul work on large machinery and large yard. It is located at 120 Saskatchewan Avenue, Spruce Grove, Alberta.

The company’s first service branch in Saskatchewan is located in Regina at Bay C, 1702 McDonald Street.  This location will be home base to field service mechanics who will service central and southern Saskatchewan.

John Forgeron, President of Compass Compression, stated, “We are so excited to expand our service operations and officially open our two newest Canadian field service branches.”

Directions: From Parkland Highway, head south on Campsite road, continue past Walmart,
Compass Compressions Newest location is on the East side of the road.

Focused on growth: Compass Compression opens new service branches in the Bakken


3550 HP Xtreme North Reciprocating Compressor Package
Established in 2001, Compass Compression has been in business for more than a decade and has grown from providing low-horsepower screw compressor packages to having one of the most comprehensive offerings in the industry. The company provides everything from sales, engineering and design to fabrication, installations and field services, offering a wide range of compression, process and refrigeration products to oil and gas producers and midstreamers around the world. Large enough to handle the most sophisticated project, yet small enough to deliver personal, one-on-one customer service, Compass has the experience and expertise to deliver solutions.

"We have standard product lines, as well as custom products, to meet all of our customers' needs," says Kirk Dunn, Director of Service for Compass. "We also have retrofit capabilities, offering customers flexibility to change applications and meet new or changing conditions in markets or locations.”

In the last few years, Compass has expanded operations to ramp up its product supply and has extended services for a wider geographical reach. Compass has several facilities located throughout North America, including fabrication plants, parts warehouses and offices, as well as field service branches. In 2013, the company's assembly space increased by 67 per cent, for a total of 68,000 sq. ft. between three facilities.

"Our approach to growth has been to keep it controlled and steady, so our customers receive the same excellent service," Dunn says. "By having facilities and staff in place to meet demand, we can be sure that our high standards, both in quality products and service, won't be compromised."

Compass’ service area extends from northeastern British Columbia to throughout the entire Bakken region. Recently, Compass opened service branches in Casper, Wyoming, and Regina, Saskatchewan, with another in Dickinson, North Dakota opening soon. The new service branches provide customers with local support and faster on-site repairs and service. Original Equipment Manufacturer-trained local field service technicians work out of strategic locations to ensure that customers receive prompt service, and can perform on site overhauls.

"Customers can depend on us 24/7 for parts and service, so downtime is minimized and there is limited interruption to operations," Dunn says.

Producers also have the option of renting equipment from Compass Compression's rental fleet. Rental options range from three months to five years and include rent to purchase opportunities. The option to rent, rather than own, makes good economic sense in certain scenarios, particularly when conditions change over a well's lifetime, giving clients greater flexibility in financing their operations. A preventative maintenance program includes preventative and corrective maintenance, field service calls, equipment overhauls and the cost of returning rented compressor packages, so that there are no surprises and clients know the total cost of their equipment.

"Sometimes it's in a customer's best interest to rent and, when the term is up, a different unit can be provided to meet new needs," Dunn says. "This works well for companies with a set budget, so they can put more money into infrastructure."

Compass carries the leading product lines, including Ariel, Frick, RoFlo, Caterpillar and Waukesha, with all packages assembled from components manufactured by leading OEMs. Compass builds packages to their own Xtreme North specifications for cold weather applications.  This includes fully enclosed, insulated and heated packages that are designed to increase production and extend the economic life and recoverable costs of equipment, by avoiding cold weather related problems.

1380 HP Xtreme North Reciprocating Compressor Package
"Our Xtreme North packages are designed for operation in colder temperatures and withstand minus 40 degree weather," Dunn says. "This is what sets Compass apart from other packagers and is why we’ve been so successful in North Dakota and Wyoming. We're experienced in supplying products to northern British Columbia and it's what's needed in the northern U.S. Warm weather packages simply don't offer the same reliability."

By Lisa Fattori

1380 HP, 3 Stage, Reciprocating Compressor Package





1380 HP, 3 Stage, Reciprocating Compressor Package (Custom Unit)
Compass Compression Model No.CT1380-RAE4-3
ApplicationGas Gathering
LocationNorth-eastern United States
ObjectiveDesign and Engineer a 3-stage, 1380 bhp reciprocating compressor package to ship within a limited shipping envelope
Design ChallengesTo fit a package which is typically 24 feet wide x 20 feet high (peak height) into a envelope of 14 feet wide x 12 feet peak-height
Compass Compression Solution
We designed a fully assembled unit with the building installed for shipping, including a fully functional 3-ton overhead crane assembly. 

On either side of the package are (2) 3 foot wide building “bolt-on” modules, with no process piping or customer connections.  The modules, and building panels are fully assembled prior to shipping.  Field installation is limited to bolting the side modules to the main package, and flashing of the building modules together.  This is an easy process and only took a few hours on site for installation.
Major Equipment Specifications
CompressorAriel JGE/4 four throw, three stage natural gas compressor
DriveCaterpillar G3516TA-ULB natural gas engine rated 1380 bhp @ 1400 rpm
Air CoolerAir-X-Limited 96FF2 forced draft cooler assembly
Control PanelAllen Bradley – Compact logix PLC based control panel c/w accessories
Other FeaturesThe Caterpillar G3516TA-ULB were the first two Caterpillar “Ultra Lean Burn” engines packaged in Canada for Gas Compression Service.  As a result Compass Compression had to overcome many design challenges with respect to “conventional” packaging obstacles

Please contact our technical sales team to determine your compression package requirements.