Atlas Copco Rental provided 300 million m³ of "100% oil-free air" to Pearl GTL Project

Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Atlas Copco Services Middle East is unique in its rental equipment offering. Not only does the company run its own fleet of mainly oil-free air compressors and high pressure boosters, it also has access to the Atlas Copco Rental equipment worldwide. This ensures specialist equipment, purpose developed for applications within the oil and gas sector, is readily available throughout the Middle East.

January 19, 2012

Among recent projects, Atlas Copco Services Middle East has been involved is the massive Pearl GTL – Gas to Liquid- project operated by Shell in the State of Qatar. The Pearl project is the largest GTL facility of its kind in the world, and will turn natural gas into clean burning fuels.

Atlas Copco Services Middle East has been actively involved in supplying rental equipment to this huge project, its ability to draw upon resources enabling it to supply complete packages, including compressors, dryers and accessories, vital to the completion of the project. All equipment supplied was certified to work in this facility. The ability to meet both this demand and to have the range of highly reliable equipment available for rental is a key strength of Atlas Copco Rental.

Operating two unmanned platforms 60km offshore, the Pearl GTL project is targeted to produce 1.6 Billion cubic feet of gas per day. Post processing, this will generate 120,000 bpd (barrels per calendar day) of condensate and NGL (natural gas liquids) and 140,000 bpd of GTL products.

“Atlas Copco Services Middle East has been mainly involved in the provision of equipment used in the massive pre-commissioning program of the Pearl facility ... As an example, our oil-free compressors and desiccant air dryers were employed in activities that included air blowing for cleaning, generating instrument air and the pneumatic testing of the Fuel Gas Processing and Air Separation units. In total, our compressors generated more than 300 million m³ of dry, 100% oil-free air for the project, making it one of the biggest compressor rental projects ever. Throughout the project, our engineers worked to exacting safety standards and ensured that our rental customer could meet their productivity and deadline demands”

Akram Tamari, Atlas Copco Regional Rental Manager

Atlas Copco Services Middle East offers unrivalled access to rental equipment and expertise. It has a proven track record in both the onshore and offshore oil and gas sector. Of equal importance it has the support of a truly global rental network, enabling it to meet the demands of projects of all sizes and complexity.

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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.