IPU Group, a systems’ manufacturer for critical diesel and gas applications, needed rapid supply of Cat® engines as specified by the end user, to power the first phase of a new production plant at the Garraf oilfield in Iraq. As the sole supplier of Cat engines in the UK, IPU Group had worked with Finning previously on a number of projects and had come to rely on both the proven Cat product range as well as the company’s expertise in specifying and delivering efficient power solutions.
Shipped to the United States to achieve an early delivery, Finning supplied 14 separate Cat engine sets to provide the onsite power for the facility, located five miles outside of Basra in Southern Iraq. Nine Cat 3516 diesel generators, rated at 2,000 kVA, provide the main load to run the various pumps and motors required for the efficient operation of the production aspects of the plant. Four Cat 3520 gas engines, each rated at 2,500 kVA are optimized to run on the natural flare gas produced onsite, which would otherwise be burnt off in to the atmosphere. These operate in parallel and take up the load once the diesel generators reach full output. A separate Cat 3412, 900 kVA utility set was supplied to provide emergency power in the event of a complete energy blackout.
Andrew Whitehouse, Divisional Director Heating, Fuel and Single Source from IPU Group added, “The short lead time on this project meant that we needed to work with a supplier that we could trust to deliver the Cat engines required on deadline, as delays in supply could have put the entire program at risk. Finning’s engineering expertise and knowledge of the Caterpillar product offer, together with its service and support capabilities made it an obvious choice. Working together, we were able to develop the right power solution.”
Whitehouse added, “Finning also provided onsite training to our commissioning team in Malaysia and acted as the main contact between the various engineering departments located in the USA, Malaysia and onsite in Iraq.”
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Finning Power Systems is a division of Finning (UK), delivering the power solutions required by a diverse range of UK markets and applications including electric power generation, industrial OEMs, commercial and leisure marine, oil and gas, off the shelf generators and service and support.
With trained specialists located across the UK, the company can meet a wide variety of requirements, from a custom-built one-off package to high volume repeat orders to a complete turnkey power installation.
Caterpillar Oil & Gas, with headquarters in Houston, Texas, consolidates all the sales and service activities for Cat oil & gas power solutions that include reciprocating engines, generator sets, transmissions and well stimulation pumps. Since the 1930s, Caterpillar has manufactured engines for the oilfield and today provides power solutions with outputs from 31 to 16,000 kW. The sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide dedicated to support customers in the drilling, production, well service and gas compression segments. More information is available at: http://www.catoilandgasinfo.com
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