Rotary Twin Screw Compressors for industrial refrigeration, gas processing and other industries

Howden was involved in the original development of rotary twin-screw compressor technology, and supplies OEM compressor packages, as well as bare shaft oil-injected screw compressors to partner packagers. With thousands of installations worldwide, our compressors provide high integrity and low maintenance solutions for liquid chilling, direct refrigeration and gas compression applications.

Benefits of Screw Compressors

  • Long-term reliable and efficient performance due to surge free, low vibration operation and optimised rotor designs leading to life spans in excess of 50 years
  • With one of the largest product ranges on the market, Howden has the ability to meeting every volume level for mid pressure applications
  • Highly configurable to application and site specifics and complaint with API 619 for assured performance
  • Oil free systems enabling the handling of gases with high levels of liquid, dirt and particulates
  • Optimised operation enhanced by Howden Uptime with condition monitoring of critical parameters and performance optimisation via applying machine learning
 

How do our Screw Compressors impact your world?

Howden screw compressor serve customers across a wide variety of applications and industries. See how our compressors impact your world in our video.

Oil injected (bare shaft):

We are a specialist manufacturer of twin screw compressors. We supply oil injected bare shaft compressor units to independent packagers worldwide who design and supply gas and refrigeration systems on a local basis.

We have 4 product ranges with the XRV (single walled casing) aimed at refrigeration applications, WRV (double walled casing) addressing gas processes, and specialist M and GTV products suitable for lower volume and high pressure applications respectively.

Download our product leaflets for more information. View our ‘find a nominated packager’ or enquire about Howden packages.

We have 4 product ranges:

  • XRV: Single-walled oil injected range, developed specially for the refrigeration market, allowing ease of installation and ideal for horizontal separator applications. Howden’s XRV range of screw compressors have been developed specially for the refrigeration market
  • WRV: Double-walled casing design, robust, proven and highly reliable oil injected range, which includes the world’s largest capacity oil injected screw compressors. Howden’s WRV range of screw compressors are well proven, offer high reliability and versatility, and are designed for a wide range of applications
  • M: A new industrial-standard quality built screw compressor, complete with a suite of specification options, to meet the design and build needs of compressor packagers and reduce the operating costs of end users. It offers a reduced footprint and high efficiency rotor profiles in a modular design that allows for ease of packaging.
  • GTV: High pressure compressor offering up to 75 bar discharge pressure. Designed for high pressure screw compressors applications such as fuel gas boosting.

oil injected bare shaft screw compressor

Oil injected packages

We specialise in the engineering, design and manufacturing of high specification process gas screw compressor systems, based around our range of proven and reliable bare shaft screw compressors.

Our oil-injected screw compressors packages are used within the oil & gas industry for gas processes such as gathering, sour gas handling, re-liquefaction, recycling, cooling and boosting. Within power and industrial settings they boost fuel gas and provide refrigerant compression.

Our innovative modular designs, alternative sourcing and competitive pricing allows us to offer an OEM solution whilst maintaining the highest possible quality standards.

Key parameters

  • Pressure: up to 75bar ​(1,087 psia)
  • Flow rate: up to 29,000 sm3/hr (​24 mmScfd)
  • Power: up to 8,500 kW (​11,400 hp)
  • Speed: up to 5,000 rpm

Download our product leaflets for more information.

oil injection screw compressor

Oil free packages

Oil free screw compressors are available in different configurations and materials providing the most compact arrangement, to allow the handling of gases with high levels of liquid, dirt and particulates.

Oil free screw compressors are available in different configurations and materials providing the most compact arrangement and are eminently suitable for use with hazardous or corrosive gases, or where contamination is an issue.

Howden Oil Free Screw Compressor packages are used in processes such as:

  • Vapour recompression
  • Gas Liquefaction
  • Flare Gas Recovery
  • Gas Gathering
  • Sour Gas Handling

The oil free compressor range is able to provide gas compression to up to discharge pressures of 45 bar (653 psi) and 15 bar (217 psi) differential pressure. Available in 10 models the range covers flows up to 92,000 m3/h (54,150 cfm).

Download our brochure for more information

oil free screw compressor packages

Aftermarket

Howden provides a lifelong aftercare service, from supplying original Howden spare parts to providing expert maintenance services and engineering trouble-shooting.

Howden factory trained technicians are able to perform complete overhauls of your existing screw compressors at a very competitive price, saving you money and unscheduled downtime.

Our performance upgrade teams are specialists in extending the life of our equipment. Often called retrofits these projects come about as a result of technology improvements which allow us to upgrade the equipment and improve its performance.

Howden Service Agreement

With a Howden service agreement, you get optimised maintenance and proactive support to improve the performance of your equipment, resulting in higher reliability and availability and lower operating costs.

Performance upgrades and retrofits

Our performance upgrade teams are specialists in extending the life of our equipment. Often called retrofits these projects come about as a result of technology improvements which allow us to upgrade the equipment and improve its performance.

Download our brochure for more information

Aftermarket

Howden Motion

Discover peak performance of your screw compressor with Howden Motion oil.

Elevate your screw compressor's efficiency and longevity with Howden Motion High Performance Oil. If your compressor is the heart of your operations, use Howden Motion oil to achieve peak performance.

Why Choose Howden Motion Oil?

  • Engineered for Excellence: Howden Motion is formulated by applications experts to meet OEM standards and align to our compressors’ specific requirements. This means your compressors will run smoother and more efficiently
  • Unmatched Lubrication: Our specially crafted oil provides superior lubrication, minimising wear and tear on vital components, extending service intervals and reducing the risk of costly repairs
  • Optimal Thermal Stability: Our oil is designed to handle extreme temperatures, maintaining its integrity even under the harshest conditions. Say goodbye to overheating worries and hello to consistent performance
  • Enhanced Efficiency: By using our OEM Howden Motion, you're ensuring that your compressors operate at their highest potential. This leads to energy savings, lower operating costs, and a greener footprint
  • Trusted OEM Performance: Our oil is the top choice for industry professionals who demand uncompromised performance. Join the ranks of satisfied customers who have experienced the difference firsthand
  • Trusted Name: With a globally recognized reputation for engineering excellence, Howden has been trusted by industries worldwide for over 165 of years in delivering cutting-edge solutions

Howden Motion is available for a wide range of process gas and refrigeration applications.

Howden Motion

Manufacturing & Testing

World leaders in manufacturing screw compressors.

Today in thousands of applications worldwide, Howden screw compressors provide high integrity, low maintenance solutions for liquid chilling, direct refrigeration and gas compression. Our comprehensive testing standards is key to remaining committed to manufacturing the highest quality compressors in the industry.

The industry’s largest and most versatile range of oil injected and oil free screw compressors are tested in our Renfrew centre, Scotland.

  • Site Area (m²): 65,000
  • Factory Area (m²): 10,500
  • Quality ISO 9001:2015
  • Health & Safety ISO 45001:2018
  • Environmental ISO 14001:2015
  • 5 Test Beds

The digitally enabled Test Suite - Transforming your equipment testing experience

Equipment testing is an essential part of purchasing a Howden Compressor. Many of our customers observe the compressor testing by traveling to Renfrew, from all over the world, to validate the performance and reliability of their product before being shipped.

Remote testing

The introduction of the new test studio allows the customers to witness the test of their equipment remotely, from anywhere in the world. The studio is equipped with live camera feeds and live trending screens showing the data in real-time, directly from the test bed. All of this data can be accessed on any smart device given there is an internet connection. Providing our customers with the option of remote testing eliminates the requirement to travel, reducing time and cost commitments, making the testing experience more convenient.

Transforming the test experience with Augmented Reality

Utilising state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) technology allows for a truly transformative test experience. The Test Engineer will complete the live test whilst wearing a Microsoft HoloLens device. On the live video feed, the customer will watch the live test and with the addition of AR, the real-time data values will be augmented on top on the equipment. This provides the customer with the live test and the test values, all available on one screen.

Manufacturing

Oil injected (bare shaft)

We are a specialist manufacturer of twin screw compressors. We supply oil injected bare shaft compressor units to independent packagers worldwide who design and supply gas and refrigeration systems on a local basis.

We have 4 product ranges with the XRV (single walled casing) aimed at refrigeration applications, WRV (double walled casing) addressing gas processes, and specialist M and GTV products suitable for lower volume and high pressure applications respectively.

Download our product leaflets for more information. View our ‘find a nominated packager’ or enquire about Howden packages.

We have 4 product ranges:

  • XRV: Single-walled oil injected range, developed specially for the refrigeration market, allowing ease of installation and ideal for horizontal separator applications. Howden’s XRV range of screw compressors have been developed specially for the refrigeration market
  • WRV: Double-walled casing design, robust, proven and highly reliable oil injected range, which includes the world’s largest capacity oil injected screw compressors. Howden’s WRV range of screw compressors are well proven, offer high reliability and versatility, and are designed for a wide range of applications
  • M: A new industrial-standard quality built screw compressor, complete with a suite of specification options, to meet the design and build needs of compressor packagers and reduce the operating costs of end users. It offers a reduced footprint and high efficiency rotor profiles in a modular design that allows for ease of packaging.
  • GTV: High pressure compressor offering up to 75 bar discharge pressure. Designed for high pressure screw compressors applications such as fuel gas boosting.

oil injected bare shaft screw compressor

Oil injected packages

We specialise in the engineering, design and manufacturing of high specification process gas screw compressor systems, based around our range of proven and reliable bare shaft screw compressors.

Our oil-injected screw compressors packages are used within the oil & gas industry for gas processes such as gathering, sour gas handling, re-liquefaction, recycling, cooling and boosting. Within power and industrial settings they boost fuel gas and provide refrigerant compression.

Our innovative modular designs, alternative sourcing and competitive pricing allows us to offer an OEM solution whilst maintaining the highest possible quality standards.

Key parameters

  • Pressure: up to 75bar ​(1,087 psia)
  • Flow rate: up to 29,000 sm3/hr (​24 mmScfd)
  • Power: up to 8,500 kW (​11,400 hp)
  • Speed: up to 5,000 rpm

Download our product leaflets for more information.

oil injection screw compressor

Oil free packages

Oil free screw compressors are available in different configurations and materials providing the most compact arrangement, to allow the handling of gases with high levels of liquid, dirt and particulates.

Oil free screw compressors are available in different configurations and materials providing the most compact arrangement and are eminently suitable for use with hazardous or corrosive gases, or where contamination is an issue.

Howden Oil Free Screw Compressor packages are used in processes such as:

  • Vapour recompression
  • Gas Liquefaction
  • Flare Gas Recovery
  • Gas Gathering
  • Sour Gas Handling

The oil free compressor range is able to provide gas compression to up to discharge pressures of 45 bar (653 psi) and 15 bar (217 psi) differential pressure. Available in 10 models the range covers flows up to 92,000 m3/h (54,150 cfm).

Download our brochure for more information

oil free screw compressor packages

Aftermarket

Howden provides a lifelong aftercare service, from supplying original Howden spare parts to providing expert maintenance services and engineering trouble-shooting.

Howden factory trained technicians are able to perform complete overhauls of your existing screw compressors at a very competitive price, saving you money and unscheduled downtime.

Our performance upgrade teams are specialists in extending the life of our equipment. Often called retrofits these projects come about as a result of technology improvements which allow us to upgrade the equipment and improve its performance.

Howden Service Agreement

With a Howden service agreement, you get optimised maintenance and proactive support to improve the performance of your equipment, resulting in higher reliability and availability and lower operating costs.

Performance upgrades and retrofits

Our performance upgrade teams are specialists in extending the life of our equipment. Often called retrofits these projects come about as a result of technology improvements which allow us to upgrade the equipment and improve its performance.

Download our brochure for more information

Aftermarket

Howden Motion

Discover peak performance of your screw compressor with Howden Motion oil.

Elevate your screw compressor's efficiency and longevity with Howden Motion High Performance Oil. If your compressor is the heart of your operations, use Howden Motion oil to achieve peak performance.

Why Choose Howden Motion Oil?

  • Engineered for Excellence: Howden Motion is formulated by applications experts to meet OEM standards and align to our compressors’ specific requirements. This means your compressors will run smoother and more efficiently
  • Unmatched Lubrication: Our specially crafted oil provides superior lubrication, minimising wear and tear on vital components, extending service intervals and reducing the risk of costly repairs
  • Optimal Thermal Stability: Our oil is designed to handle extreme temperatures, maintaining its integrity even under the harshest conditions. Say goodbye to overheating worries and hello to consistent performance
  • Enhanced Efficiency: By using our OEM Howden Motion, you're ensuring that your compressors operate at their highest potential. This leads to energy savings, lower operating costs, and a greener footprint
  • Trusted OEM Performance: Our oil is the top choice for industry professionals who demand uncompromised performance. Join the ranks of satisfied customers who have experienced the difference firsthand
  • Trusted Name: With a globally recognized reputation for engineering excellence, Howden has been trusted by industries worldwide for over 165 of years in delivering cutting-edge solutions

Howden Motion is available for a wide range of process gas and refrigeration applications.

Howden Motion

Manufacturing & Testing

World leaders in manufacturing screw compressors.

Today in thousands of applications worldwide, Howden screw compressors provide high integrity, low maintenance solutions for liquid chilling, direct refrigeration and gas compression. Our comprehensive testing standards is key to remaining committed to manufacturing the highest quality compressors in the industry.

The industry’s largest and most versatile range of oil injected and oil free screw compressors are tested in our Renfrew centre, Scotland.

  • Site Area (m²): 65,000
  • Factory Area (m²): 10,500
  • Quality ISO 9001:2015
  • Health & Safety ISO 45001:2018
  • Environmental ISO 14001:2015
  • 5 Test Beds

The digitally enabled Test Suite - Transforming your equipment testing experience

Equipment testing is an essential part of purchasing a Howden Compressor. Many of our customers observe the compressor testing by traveling to Renfrew, from all over the world, to validate the performance and reliability of their product before being shipped.

Remote testing

The introduction of the new test studio allows the customers to witness the test of their equipment remotely, from anywhere in the world. The studio is equipped with live camera feeds and live trending screens showing the data in real-time, directly from the test bed. All of this data can be accessed on any smart device given there is an internet connection. Providing our customers with the option of remote testing eliminates the requirement to travel, reducing time and cost commitments, making the testing experience more convenient.

Transforming the test experience with Augmented Reality

Utilising state-of-the-art Augmented Reality (AR) technology allows for a truly transformative test experience. The Test Engineer will complete the live test whilst wearing a Microsoft HoloLens device. On the live video feed, the customer will watch the live test and with the addition of AR, the real-time data values will be augmented on top on the equipment. This provides the customer with the live test and the test values, all available on one screen.

Manufacturing

 
 

Howden Select

Take control of your compressor selection with Howden Select. Based on 160 years of engineering expertise and utilizing our world leading engineers our software allows you to create your own selections in real time. Customers can access the software anytime, anyplace and anywhere.

Celebrating 75 years

A history of constant innovation - Please read our 75 year anniversary e-book celebrating Howden’s rich history and evolution of the screw compressor technology.

Nominated Packagers

Howden exclusively supplies bareshaft screw compressors through our global network of nominated compressor packaging customers and distributors. Our packagers are experienced in incorporating Howden’s screw compressor products within refrigeration and gas compression solutions.

Oil Free Clearance

Read our white paper, which highlights the importance of clearance management methods and key design phase considerations.

How it Works

Animation demonstrating the inner workings of our rotary twin screw compressor technology.

 

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Howden Motion

Ensure peak screw compressor performance, efficiency and longevity with Howden Motion, our specially formulated compressor oil.

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