Gabriel Dávila
Area Manager for Latin America

Rising Demand for Artificial Production Systems

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 12:56

Hoerbiger Compression and Technologies is present around the world, offering its clients cutting edge technology in the fields of compression and drive technology, as well as hydraulics. Of the four emerging areas where the company is present, Latin America generates the most business for the group. Mexico, along with Brazil, Argentina, and the Andean Area, are the company’s four principal pillars in that region. Gabriel Dávila, Area Manager for Latin America, believes that a major part of the company’s achievement can be attributed to PEMEX, as Hoerbiger has embarked on a wide array of projects with the NOC’s various divisions throughout the years. “Even now, despite the NOC’s woes and their widespread consequences for the entire industry, we believe Mexico will maintain its prominent position within the Hoerbiger Group,” he posits.

Dávila proudly makes it known that, “Hoerbiger has around 15-20 brands of reciprocating compressors around the globe, 85-90% of which are directly integrated into units by the OEMs.” In the past decade, the group has been working assiduously to develop new technologies in order to maintain the inventor and pioneer image that led to its fame in 1895, when Hanns Hoerbiger invented the steel plate valve. “We are focusing on finding new materials to increase the reliability of our products in the field. At the moment, we offer the most reliable components on the market,” the regional manager maintains. Instrumental to this success is the group’s R&D laboratory in Vienna, in which it invests between US$17-US$23 million every year in order to keep pace with the latest technological developments in the industry. The group also has a longstanding history of operations with PEMEX. Through its three locations across the Mexican territory, namely Reynosa, Villahermosa, and Mexico City, it has contributed value to the NOC’s production. “In the first two cities, we focus entirely on exploration and production, providing reciprocating compressors and gas engines, specifically with a brand called Waukesha,” Dávila explains. The group has been developing multi-year contracts in the Cinco Presidentes, Bellota-Jujo, and Samaria Luna fields for services for the products it has supplied to PEMEX.

The company has an extremely specific contract with PEMEX in Reynosa, as well as ISHA and Tecpetrol for wellhead compression, a technology that artificially lifts gas from the well. So far, it has rented 32 compressors, and Davila believes that demand for this product will increase in the near future, given the rapid production decline in the majority of the wells in Veracruz, Poza Rica, and Reynosa. “The need for artificial production systems will only increase from hereon in, and in fact, we are already in touch with many of the winning companies from R1-L03 in order to offer them these types of services,” he mentions. Dávila mentions the industry’s urgent need for cost-savings, and points to the fact that, “Hoerbiger’s compressors allow for an extra 1.5-1.6 standard cubic feet a day more than those of its competitors, which is a massive difference in production.”