Cooper & Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. Achieve Hydrogen Breakthrough

Houston, TX, October 17, 2022  (PR.COM) -Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc. (Southern Star), a U.S.-based interstate natural gas pipeline company and Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) are pleased to announce they have successfully field tested a large bore slow-speed integral engine running on a 30% hydrogen (H2) fuel blend.

In late 2021, the two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch a joint hydrogen research project aimed at converting Southern Star’s fleet of gas fired reciprocating integral engines to combination gas-hydrogen fired units. The two companies modified a large bore Cooper-Bessemer GMVH-12 at Southern Star’s Hugoton, Kansas compressor station to run on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas. The engine was equipped with Cooper’s HyperBalance IV™ system to monitor pressures, collect data, and ensure equipment safety during the test. This month, the unit ran in the field for the first time with the hydrogen fuel blend.

“This is a remarkable time for Cooper and our hydrogen development program. In September, we announced a major hydrogen breakthrough when we ran an AJAX integral engine on a mix of 30% hydrogen at our company test cell in Houston, Texas.” Said Cooper CEO John Sargent. “The Southern Star test proves unequivocally that similar results can be achieved in the field and with a variety of engine models. When combined with Cooper’s combustion enhancement technology, the industry’s big bore engines are capable of impressive greenhouse gas reductions with additional improvements in reliability and efficiency. This is another large step towards greater adoption of hydrogen across the industry.”

“Southern Star is proud to be the first natural gas transmission company in the United States to achieve a 30% hydrogen blend in the recent testing of our reciprocating engine in Hugoton, Kansas. Our partnership with Cooper has been instrumental in the success this project,” said Shawn Patterson, Southern Star President & CEO. “This testing presents emission reduction opportunities on our road to being net zero by 2050.”

About Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.: Southern Star is a leading transporter of natural gas to America’s heartland, with approximately 5,800 miles of natural gas transmission pipeline in the Midwest and Mid-Continent regions of the United States. Our pipeline system, facilities and employees are located in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas, with our headquarters in Owensboro, KY.

About Cooper Machinery Services: Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper) is the original equipment manufacturer (O.E.M.) and supplier of parts and after-sale services, and emissions reduction technologies to a large installed base of highly respected engine-compressor brands. The company’s O.E.M. brands include AJAX, Cooper-Bessemer, CSI, Enterprise, Gemini, Superior, TSI, and TXC. They also are a major supplier of after-sale support for non-Cooper engine-compressor brands such as Clark, CAT (3600 engines), IR, Waukesha (VHP engines), and Worthington. Manufacturing is conducted in its facilities in Houston, Texas, Deer Park, Texas, Salina, Kansas and McPherson, Kansas, while on-site services are delivered through its extensive network of field technicians operating out of fully equipped repair and overhaul shops strategically located around the world.

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

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Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Inc.
Karen Goedde
270.852.4690
Karen.Goedde@southernstar.com

Cooper to Modify a Cooper-Bessemer GMWA-8 in Brazoria County

Houston, TX, October 12, 2022  (Gascompressionmagazine.com) – Cooper continues to make headway in our industry’s emissions reduction efforts. Helping customers reduce emissions and increase horsepower on existing equipment is what we do, and this time it is right here at home in Brazoria County, Texas.

A customer in Brazoria County contacted Cooper Machinery Services to modify and uprate an existing reciprocating compressor unit from 2000 to 2700 hp (1492 to 2014 kW) at its Compressor Station 4 in Matagorda County, Texas, as part of its Brazoria County project. The purpose of the project is to enable deliver up to 68,000 million Btu/d of new firm transportation service.

Modifications to Compressor Station 4 involves converting the Cooper-Bessemer compressor from a Model GMWA-8 configuration to a Model GMWH-8C configuration, which will improve unit efficiency, power output, and reduce NOx emissions.

Cooper Awarded Enterprise R-3 Engine-Generator Project by the United States Space Force

Houston, TX, September 12, 2022  (PR.Com) – Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), LLC, a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has been awarded a contract by the United States Space Force (U.S.S.F.) to overhaul two of the six backup Enterprise R3 engine-generator sets stationed inside the Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station in Colorado.

The Cheyenne Mountain Space Force Station supports U.S. Space Command’s Missile Warning Center and strategic warning/survivable capabilities while providing a ready alternative operating location for NORAD’s command center. Six Cooper Enterprise R3 diesel engines (Rated 1,750KW HP) drive generators that serve as power backup for the mountain’s critical functions.

“The U.S. military has turned to Cooper Machinery Services for over eighty years to provide quality diesel engines, parts, repairs, and service solutions for marine propulsion and stationary power generation. In those eight decades, this is one of the most mission-critical projects Cooper has ever executed, and we are truly honored to have been chosen by the U.S.S.F.,” said Cooper CEO, John Sargent. “Whether they are aware of it or not, every American owes a debt of gratitude to the Space Force for the functions performed at the Cheyenne Mountain Station. Cooper knows this and will go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the U.S.S.F. the very best products and services we can deliver.”

The overhaul project will run through 2023. An engineering study and the overhaul and upgrade of the remaining engines is slated to commence in 2023 and 2024.

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

Cooper Expands Use of Hydrogen Fuel in an Integral Engine, Topping 30% by Volume

CleanBurn Plus AJAX 2800

Houston, TX, September 1, 2022  (PR.com) – Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has successfully tested a slow-speed integral engine running on a hydrogen (H2) fuel blend (70% natural gas and 30% hydrogen by volume). This week’s groundbreaking achievement comes 10 months after the announcement of Cooper’s joint hydrogen research project with a major U.S. gas pipeline company to demonstrate the safe operating range of H2 blends in large-bore internal combustion engines.

In March 2022, Cooper became the first company to successfully run an integral engine using a hydrogen blend when they utilized a fuel blend of 5% H2 by volume. Engineers continued testing increasingly higher H2 blends throughout the year to explore what could be achieved, and the results have exceeded what was thought possible. 

 

“Cooper’s hydrogen development has progressed beyond expectations. Traditional thinking was that engines in our industry could potentially operate with a hydrogen blend containing up to 15% H2. To achieve 30% in a slow-speed integral engine-compressor with a corresponding reduction in methane is a major achievement for Cooper and the industry overall,” said Cooper CEO John Sargent.

The Cooper test was conducted at their slow-speed integral engine test cell at corporate headquarters located in Houston, Texas. The test engine is a CleanBurn Plus™ two-stroke AJAX® 2802 with 15” piston bore, 16” power stroke, and a speed range of 360-440 RPM. Cooper selected the AJAX engine due to the similarities of its combustion system to that of the large fleet of the other engine brands the company services (Clark, Cooper-Bessemer®, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington).

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Cooper Machinery Services
Matt Forcey
713-354-1900
www.cooperservices.com

Cooper’s Mazerole Training Center Featured in Compressor Tech2

Don’t miss the latest news in Compressor Tech2 for a must-read article on Cooper’s Mazerole Training Center, a dedicated training facility in Houston, Texas designed to educate customers, operators, and maintenance personnel in the specifications, operation, and routine servicing of large-bore, integral and high-speed compression equipment. The training center was dedicated in honor of Anthony “Tony” Mazerole on January 7, 2022.

About Anthony “Tony” Mazerole

Anthony “Tony” G. Mazerole began his career at Cooper in 1988 and served the compression industry with distinction for over 30 years. Over the decades, Tony’s technical skills, equipment knowledge, and customer relationships were developed and honed to the highest levels. Companies across the United States and around the world knew his name and requested his presence for their most critical projects. Tony trained and mentored many of the compression industry’s top service technicians and customer mechanics and was always willing to share his knowledge to help others become successful. He lives on today in their craftsmanship. Tony’s dedication to his company, co-workers, and customers earned him a special distinction as a legend of the Cooper organization and of the industry he loved and served. This training center is dedicated in his honor.

A PDF version of the article is available here. Learn more about the Mazerole Training Center on Cooper’s  Training webpage.

Mazerole Training Center

Cooper Adds Corporate Finance Veteran as Chief Financial Officer

Cooper Machinery Services has hired John O’Brien as its chief financial officer. John has 20 years of corporate finance experience, including investment banking, merchant banking and corporate development, and has primarily served the energy industry in these previous capacities.

Prior to joining Cooper, John was Managing Director at Pelican Energy Partners for a 9-year term. Prior to Pelican, he spent ten years in investment banking working with both the GulfStar Group and Morgan Keegan. In these roles, John focused on providing merger, acquisition, private placement, and other general advisory services to middle market clients, most of which served the energy industry. Over this time, John completed over 60 transactions with an aggregate transaction value over $5.0 billion. Prior to his career in investment banking, John was a business development analyst with J.B. Poindexter & Co., focusing on supporting all corporate development activities including acquisitions, divestitures, capital structuring and financial management.

John recently served on the Board of Directors of Q2 Artificial Lift, SWM, Enhanced Energetics and Air Relief, as well as the Houston Chapter of the Young Professionals in Energy. John facilitated the sale of Downhole Technology to Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment, the sale of Multilift Welltec to Forum Energy Technologies, the sale of Flowco Production Solutions to Global Energy Capital and the sale of Global Heat Transfer, where he was Chairman of the Board, to Forum Energy Technologies.

John earned an MBA from Texas A&M University, and a BBA in Finance from Northeastern University.

Cooper First to Use Hydrogen Fuel in an Integral Engine; Methane Emissions Reduced

Cooper Machinery Services (Cooper), a portfolio company of Arcline Investment Management, has successfully tested a slow-speed integral engine running on a hydrogen (H2)-natural gas fuel blend. The groundbreaking test comes 5 months after the announcement of Cooper’s joint hydrogen research project with a major U.S. gas pipeline company to demonstrate the safe operating range of H2 blends in large-bore internal combustion engines.

“Cooper’s hydrogen development initiative took another large step forward today. We ran an unmodified large-bore, slow-speed integral engine-compressor with an H2 blend of 5% by volume, and we achieved significant reductions of methane in the exhaust. This is the first such run using significant amounts of hydrogen in an engine of this design.” said Cooper CMO, Matt Forcey. “In May, we will be running up to 33% by volume in the same stock engine. Our customers have thousands of similar units running globally, so the potential reduction of methane is substantial.”

The Cooper test was conducted at their slow-speed integral engine test cell at corporate headquarters located in Houston, Texas. The test engine is the current production, NSPS compliant Cleanburn PlusTM  AJAX 2802 ULE with 15” piston bore, 16” power stroke, and a speed range of 360-440 RPM. Cooper selected the AJAX engine due to the similarities of its combustion system to that of the large fleet of the other engine brands the company services (Clark, Cooper-Bessemer®, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington).

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Cooper’s First Annual International Women’s Day Event

Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022
Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022
On March 8th, Cooper held its first annual International Women’s Day event at corporate headquarters. The event was a rousing success as female Cooper employees from around the world participated in this Houston-based event and discussed topics that included: how successful leaders overcome and grow from mistakes; how authenticity can be a business advantage; how people can build their personal brand; and how preparation is required for achievement of career goals. Panelists and speakers for the in-person event included:
  • Cherie Humphries, Williams Company – Vice President, Procurement and Digital Transformation
  • Gwen Gresham, Core Lab, Inc. – Senior Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Development
  • Marie-Helene Ben Samoun, Boston Consulting Group – Managing Director, Digital Oil & Gas
  • Karen Johnson, Independent Consultant – Commercial Strategic and Executive Operational Leadership
  • Tahera Khan, Cooper Machinery Services – Chief Human Resources Officer
Cooper Machinery Services International Women's Day 2022

Cooper Introduces CleanBurn PlusTM Targeting 40% Methane Reduction

CleanBurn Plus
CleanBurn Plus

The reduction of greenhouse gases, particularly methane, is a key element of Cooper’s emissions reduction technology offering. To improve the environmental impact of engine-compressors operating within our industry, Cooper is pleased to announce CleanBurn Plus™, an emission reduction solution tailored to reduce fuel consumption, fuel slip, methane leakage, and unburned hydrocarbons.

Cooper’s CleanBurn Plus™ upgrade package is a comprehensive solution that can reduce methane output by up to 40% in most of the industry’s integral engine-compressors. For a fleet of engines rated collectively at 100,000 HP, this level of CO2 reduction can equal 20,000 tons/year, equivalent to the elimination of 4,348 standard passenger cars.

Our CleanBurn Plus™ upgrades are offered across our entire integral engine-compressor product line to include AJAX®, Cooper-Bessemer®, Clark, Enterprise®, Ingersoll Rand, and Worthington.

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Jordan Smith Named Vice President of Sustainability & Emerging Technologies

Jordan Smith ESG News

Cooper is pleased to announce the appointment of Jordan Smith as Vice President of Sustainability and Emerging Technologies.

Jordan is a 20-year veteran of the gas compression industry who started his career as a student working at Colorado State University’s Engines & Energy Conversion Laboratory, a renowned industry research organization dedicated to the creation of innovative energy solutions in the areas of emissions testing and monitoring, fuel technology, durability testing and modeling. After graduating from Colorado State with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jordan joined Cameron International Corporation where he specialized in the design of retrofit emissions reduction technologies for large-bore engines for power generation and gas compression. Since his time at Cameron, Jordan has held a variety of management roles in engineering and sales in the natural gas industry and received a certification as a Professional Engineer in the state of Colorado.

Jordan will drive the company’s sustainability and new product development goals as they pertain to engine and compressor emissions reduction technologies, including exhaust emissions (NOx, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons), methane fuel slip, hydrogen as a fuel, blowdown, and future emerging technologies.

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Click here to view the announcement in Gas Compression Magazine

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Click here to view the announcement in ESG Review