Compression Service Technology – CST is an independent high-tech Design and Maintenance Engineering company that prides itself on 50+ years’ experience in the field of rotating machinery for gas compression, including drivers.
CST’s portfolio ranges from engineering support for project developers to troubleshooting in the field for root cause analysis and problem solving, from design of bare machines to complete packages with relevant manufacturing, construction and testing, from the most sophisticated static and dynamic simulation studies (pressure pulsations, torsional vibrations, structural calculations, etc.), to remote monitoring by means of the tele-diagnostics, from uprating of existing machinery to conceptual design of completely innovative equipment, and many other services and products related to compression.
The main reason of CST’s success is its capability to work on across the life cycle of machinery, which allows a continuous transfer of experience from the field to the design of new equipment, and the other way round: solve problems in the field thanks its design competence.
CST was founded in Florence, Italy, in 2002, as a service engineering provider of technical assistance for the Italian market of reciprocating compressors in chemical, petrochemical and refining industry.
In 2004, one of our first endeavors was to set up a remote monitoring and diagnostic service for reciprocating compressors. Then, in 2005, we started to design machine components, mainly for reciprocating compressors. A few years later, in 2008, the company designed its first compression package for underground storage of natural gas.
In 2009, CST started to develop its proprietary software for performance simulation, followed by software for pressure pulsation, vibration, and rotor-dynamic analysis (including torsional, lateral, modal and stability analysis). In 2010, CST started utilizing the Virtual Prototyping technique to design completely new machines.
Another key milestone was set in 2011, when CST extended its Consultative Services and Troubleshooting capability to Turbomachinery; including centrifugal compressors, steam and gas turbines, and centrifugal pumps thus the decision to enter in the design of complete centrifugal compressors.
Recently, CST extended its activity from design to manufacturing compressors and compression packages; including engineering defined by piping acoustical and structural studies, instrumentations, and controls, always managing the project directly.
Thanks also to its highly qualified and integrated partners, technical universities, high-performance computing centers and international regulatory bodies, CST offers a comprehensive support to customers from conceptual design to project delivery including troubleshooting, remote monitoring, diagnostic, revamping, conversions, upgrades, asset lifecycle management, site service, and field supervision.
In 20 years, CST has grown from a local maintenance engineering provider, into an international player for critical machine applications in the energy and other industrial sectors. Nowadays, the international market represents more than 50% of the revenue of the company. This proves an increasing appreciation of CST services and products by many international customers who value CST’s competence and the quick mobilization capability for projects all around the world. This expansion required more office space, therefore the headquarter was relocated to Via Panciatichi in Firenze.
In 2021, CST associated with Blackstone Industrial. CST’s deep design know-how and capabilities combined with Blackstone Industrial’s experience on multi-brand rotating equipment maintenance in the field and in shop, provides an unparalleled value to end users to maintain and manage their assets across plant lifecycles.
CST believes in the following statements:
The most important treasure we have are our customers and our employees
Research and Innovation are the basis for our business life
We make no compromises on integrity and safety
We have a proactive behaviour towards our customers
Teamwork is the best approach for project success, holonic networks with strategic partners is the way to achieve it
A global leader recognized for its unique competence
A reliable partner for projects and services in energy and industrial sectors
A company that grows sound, continuing to supply value-added solutions to its customers
To reach these goals CST leadership team has established a specific Quality Policy.
CST has a multidisciplinary staff of over 30 professional engineers with 20+ years average experience on Rotating Machinery utilized in the Energy and Industrial sectors. The technical team is composed of:
Professional engineers with Design and Field Experience
Good mix of experienced and junior engineers
Mostly graduated engineers
Continuous “on the job training”
Our staff is supported for specific innovative projects by the collaboration with Centers of Excellence, including Universities and High Performance Computing centers (HPC).
CST-Blackstone Industrial provide a ‘one stop shop’ service support on rotating equipment for plant turnarounds thanks to a comprehensive capability in machinery outage, and engineering analysis to trace and solve most significant operational problems.
Blackstone Industrial has an extensive footprint in North America and partnerships in Latin America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to support end users locally.
This new association is capable to quickly mobilize technical experts to provide plant walkdown, equipment health assessment, troubleshooting, failure analysis and improvement plans, outages services on multi-brand rotating equipment. Customers receive the best seamless support across their equipment’s lifecycle.
THE INDUSTRIES WHERE WE PLAY
CST has the experience, the processes and the tools to offer the right solutions for many industry sectors.
Micro & Nano LNG
UP & MID-STREAM
Gas Lift and Reinjection
ETHYLENE & DERIVATIVES
High-Pressure Low-Density Polyethylene
Linear Low-Density Polyethylene
SYNGAS & FERTILIZERS
Flare Gas Recovery
Compressor Seal Leakage Recovery
Hydrogen for Electronics & Photovoltaics
Technical Gas Bottling
SPECIAL PURPOSE APPLICATIONS
PET for Beverage Industry
Air Separation Units
We serve a wide range of customers including:
Machinery and equipment OEMs
Moreover, CST has the know-how and innovation capabilities necessary to help its customers to transition from carbon to clean fuels, including hydrogen handling and compression.
CST IN THE WORLD
We are proud to serve more and more customers around the world. To be closer to their sites we have established a growing network of local service support centres c/o our industrial partners.
We are always looking for experienced engineers and young engineering graduates to join our Team. If you share our values, our vision, and you are passionate about technical excellence, innovation and building customer relationships, please get in touch and send us your CV. Contact us.