Howden is the world’s first commercial developer and manufacturer of rotary twin screw compressors and remains at the forefront of the technology. Providing oil-injected units as stand-alone (‘bare shaft’) compressors or as packaged systems, while our oil-free units are supplied as pre-assembled and tested skid-mounted packages only. Screw technology offers low vibration, low pulse compression in a compact, versatile form.

Reciprocating Compressor

​The Howden reciprocating compressor series “C” and “P” present a comprehensive range of volumes and pressures, the Thomassen “C” series of Howden is one of the largest compressors in the World, with compressors installed with 17MW of power the are heavy duty and high power units. Where processes involve a lower capacity we have our “Burton Corbin P” series, the fully integrated package we supply can incorporate control systems, regulation equipment and any other additional modules and utility packages required by the circumstances. The “P” Series is delivered ready for installation and start-up.

Key Features

  •  Power up to 33 MW – Pressure 600 bar
  •  Rod load up to 1,800 kN


​​The unique Free Floating Piston system uses a cushion of process gas to support the piston, eliminating rider ring wear and greatly extending intervals between maintenance.


  • ​Oil and gas production
  • Petrochemicals
  • Refining
  • Power generation
  • Iron and Steel

Oil-Free Screw Compressors

​Howden’s range of Oil Free screw compressors for use with hazardous or corrosive gases, or where contamination is an issue.

Key Features:

Allow the handling of gases with high levels of liquid, dirt and particulates. These configurations are eminently suitable for use with hazardous or corrosive gases, or where contamination is an issue.
More information can be found in the compressor brochure.


Through our range of dedicated compressor companies, Howden brings together unparalleled experience and expertise in all aspects of gas compression equipment, with unique skills and unmatched reputation in areas where toxic, corrosive or unstable gases present added complications. In any sector, in every application where reliable, round the clock operation, is paramount, Howden innovation and technology keeps the world’s industries running.