Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor International Corporation (MCO-I), the Houston-based U.S. subsidiary of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corporation (MCO), will strengthen its compressor and steam turbine after-sale services – including retrofitting, repair and parts manufacture – by improving and expanding its repair and machining facilities at its Pearland Works plant in Texas.
Planned LNG plant enhancement offerings include medium-scale, high-efficiency H-100 gas turbines manufactured by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), which will drive MCO-manufactured compressors. Adoption of this configuration enables space savings, a broader and variable operating range, and start-up at full pressure.
To deliver this offering, MCO-I has installed the latest parts machining equipment (large-scale lathes, machining centers, 5-face machining centers, etc.), diverse testing equipment (rotor balancing machines, etc.) and rotor repair equipment at Pearland Works. To ensure outstanding quality control and production consistency, the Company chose equipment compatible with the operation programs and training materials in use at MCO’s existing facilities.
Pearland Works began operations in April 2015. In the first phase, an approximately 183,000 square foot (ft2) factory and office building were constructed on a plot of land roughly 26 acres in area. Initial operations consisted of local production primarily of compressor packaging and after-sale servicing of equipment delivered by MCO. Then in June 2015 the plant shipped its first locally packaged compressor, initiating the steps needed for a local production system.
“With this new enhancement of the factory’s repair and machining functions, MCO-I aims to attract orders from new petrochemical plants for compressors and turbines,” said Masanori Kobayashi, President, MCO-I. “We will also seek to increase our parts manufacture and repair business to upgrade or replace MCO legacy equipment, and will develop a system to improve response time to requests for upgrades, parts replacement or repairs for equipment originally provided by other companies.”