Caterpillar Introduces Increased Power and Updated Electronic Controls for C280-16 Generator Set for Offshore Applications
Caterpillar today announced the release of the new Cat® C280-16 generator set with 10 percent increased power. The C280-16 60 Hz generator set is now available at 5359 ekW, 900 rpm and features numerous electronic upgrades. This increased power provides industry-leading power density while maintaining its proven reliability and durability for offshore environments. This new rating joins the already existing C280 product line that is rated from 1820 to 5200 ekW at 900 and 1000 rpm and is available in 6, 8, 12, and 16 cylinder configurations. The C280 engine family meets EPA Marine Tier 2 and IMO Tier II emissions and is ideally suited for semi-submersible rigs, offshore supply and service vessels, drillships, and pipelayers.
“Our engines have a proven track record for reliability and durability in the harsh offshore environments,” said Antti Ekqvist, Caterpillar International Business Development Manager, Offshore Oil and Gas. “With the C280 generator set, we’ve taken 20 years of proven component reliability and combined it with our offshore expertise to create an engine and support network that the industry can rely on.”
The C280-16 features several key electronic upgrades to provide simplified rig and vessel integration and improve user ability for the operator. The C280-16 integrates the next generation package monitoring system which allows the data from multiple generator sets to be monitored through the overall rig or vessel control system. The display panel is Marine Classification Society (MCS) approved, with a color display that allows complete customizable screens & alarm settings. The generator sets also feature dual ADEM™ A4 electronic control systems, which provide redundancy to maximize uptime and reliability. The ADEM A4 also provides tighter control over key parameters for cleaner, more efficient operation; simplified diagnostics and troubleshooting, and expanded monitoring capabilities.
Beyond the updated electronic controls, the new C280-16 engine was designed with a front mount turbo-charger configuration to reduce installation time and overall costs at the shipyard. The C280-16 also incorporates a hard exhaust heat shield, which increases the overall durability and reduces the required maintenance of the engine. All C280 generator set designs allow for single lift handling which reduces required crane time and utilizes an Electronic Unit Injection fuel system, which provides variable injection timing and duration to optimize combustion at any load.
To learn more about the new C280-16 and the other engine from the C280 family, as well as about other Cat® specific to the Brazilian market, please visit the company’s booth at OTC Brazil 2011, stand number 538. For more information, visit http://www.catoilandgasinfo.com