BP Turns to Atlas Copco Rental following major breakdown at its Andrew Platform

Having experienced a major failure with one of two main platform air system compressors from a competing brand, BP turned to Atlas Copco to assess the failure and advise on repairs. The damages were so important that the unit had to be removed from the platform and returned to Scotland for a full evaluation.

January 09, 2014

This is when Atlas Copco Rental got introduced to provide a temporary solution.

After review of the full damage report BP decided to implement a longer term solution minimizing maintenance, fuelling issues, etc.

Atlas Copco Rental advised for a temporary rental solution whilst BP progressed with a long term replacement project: a process that can take up to 2 years.

Fast tracking the project, BP progressed with the commissioning of Atlas Copco Rental to undertake an Offshore Survey visit. The survey reviewed the full application (location of the existing compressor, electrical and instrument services, tie-in points, lifting facilities, access and logistics to the final installation location) together with discussions with BP Andrew Team Leaders, identifying all potential issues in the replacement.

Back from offshore, the findings were discussed with BP Andrew’s Onshore Project Team and the proposed way forward fully endorsed. The BP purchase order followed within days resulting in the long term rental of an engineered GA90-10 bar electric driven air compressor: the DCR348.

Electrical and fabrication modifications to the GA90 to suit the BP Andrew application were undertaken and fully managed by Atlas Copco Rental. Completing the package for the BP pre-delivery test and inspection was to a tight timeline.

A couple of days prior to the mobilization a last minute request by BP to accommodate new restrictions offshore, was to send the package in a crate format for assembly, testing and commissioning.

Working closely with BP Andrew core crew, assembly of the package offshore was carried out jointly by Atlas Copco Rental and Atlas Copco Compressors. Completion of the mechanical rebuild was followed by installation, pre-commissioning and customer hand over: operator familiarization covering the compressor controller, operation, maintenance checks and reporting.

The DCR348 now provides lead primary air for the BP Andrew Platform. A fantastic team effort by all involved ensured the GA90 Rental compressor met with BP’s requirements and expectations.

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Atlas Copco is a world-leading provider of sustainable productivity solutions. The Group serves customers with innovative compressors, vacuum solutions and air treatment systems, construction and mining equipment, power tools and assembly systems. Atlas Copco develops products and service focused on productivity, energy efficiency, safety and ergonomics. The company was founded in 1873, is based in Stockholm, Sweden, and has a global reach spanning more than 180 countries. In 2015, Atlas Copco had revenues of BSEK 102 (BEUR 11) and more than 43 000 employees.


Specialty Rental is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction Technique business area. It serves customers in the industry segments around the world with temporary air, nitrogen, steam and power rental solutions. The specialty rental services are offered under several brands. The divisional headquarters is located in Houston, USA.