Servicing GTL rotating equipment

In 2015, Stork Oryx Turbo Machinery Services participated in the first turnaround of Qatar Shell’s Pearl gas-to-liquids (GTL) plant in Ras Laffan, Qatar.

The company worked on more than 15 machines and the commissioning was successfully completed. In June 2014, the company signed a seven-year contract with Qatar Shell to service rotating equipment at the plant.

Extensive overhauls

The contract included a complex combination of minor and major overhauls of steam turbines, compressors, pumps, blowers, expanders and fans from various manufacturers, which are scheduled during turnaround events. As an independent service provider, Stork Oryx Turbo Machinery Services LLC has experience with servicing almost all brands of steam turbines, compressors and pumps. The organization specializes in effective responses and short lead times enabling Clients to maximise their productivity and keep downtime of their installations to an absolute minimum.


“Qatar offers a lot of opportunities as the market is developing rapidly. While Europe tends to value the optimization of efficiency and productivity, Middle Eastern companies favor new investments to assure top-line growth. There will be a large number of plants to maintain in Qatar in the coming years. Furthermore, the low oil prices will force Oil & Gas companies to reassess their maintenance strategies and maintenance budgets. Both top line growth and reassessments of maintenance strategies will provide opportunities for independent maintenance companies,” according to Thijs Lugard, general manager of Stork Oryx Turbo Machinery Services.

Project fast-facts 

Project: Pear GTL-plat overhaul
Client: Qatar Shell
Location: Qatar
Services: Power & rotating equipment services
Date: 2015
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