C280-16 Offshore Generator Set - Front Mounted Turbo

Offshore Drilling and Production Generator Sets C280-16 FMT

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Key Specs

Minimum Rating
7510 kV·A
5600 ekW
Maximum Rating
7684 kV·A
5730 ekW
IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2
IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2


The C280-16 generator set incorporates years of proven success of the 3600 engine with the latest technology in electronics. The result is a fully integrated solution that is ideal for offshore operations. Ideal applications for the C280-16 offshore generator set are main power on-board drilling and production vessels and platforms. These include jackup rigs, semi-submersible rigs, drillships, and production platforms. The new front-mounted turbocharger configuration and complete package offering makes integration of the Cat C280-16 generator set into the vessel a simplified operation by reducing the scope of work and supply at the shipyard. The redundant ADEM A4 engine control system works together with the Cat Alarm and Protection to bring comprehensive generator set control, safety, and simple operator interface. Cat generator sets are backed by the worldwide network of Cat dealers ready to support your operation with technical support, service, parts, and warranty. Cat C280-16 offshore generator set with front-mounted turbochargers. Ratings: 5500 ekW (7684 kVA) @ 60 Hz (900 rpm). IMO Tier II emissions compliant.

Product Specifications for C280-16 FMT

Minimum Rating 7510 kV·A 5600 ekW
Maximum Rating 7684 kV·A 5730 ekW
Emissions IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2 IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2
Displacement 18062 in³ 296 l
Aspiration Turbocharged-Aftercooled Turbocharged-Aftercooled
Engine Control Dual ADEM™ A4 Dual ADEM™ A4
Bore 11 in 280 mm
Fuel System EUI EUI
Oil Change Interval 1000 h 1000 h
Stroke 11.8 in 300 mm
Weight 145505 lb 66000 kg
Generator Set Control Cat® Alarm and Protection System Cat® Alarm and Protection System
Length 404.8 in 10283 mm
Width 110.2 in 2800 mm
Height 161.1 in 4092 mm
Cooling System - Engine 329 gal (US) 1245 l
Lube Oil System - Refill 443 gal (US) 1677 l

C280-16 FMT Standard Equipment

Product Consist

  • The engine is a turbocharged, aftercooled, four-strokecycle- diesel, electronic unit injection engine with a 280 mm (11 in) bore by 300 mm (11.8 in) stroke. SAE standard rotation is counterclockwise as viewed from the rear of engine flywheel.

Emissions Certifications

  • GL and CCS approved IMO certificate — includes statement of compliance or Engine International Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate, supplied by the Recognized Organization (RO) where available, and technical file to be kept on board per IMO regulations.

Marine Certification Society type-approval

  • ABS, BV, CCS, DnV, GL, LRS
  • Spray shielding to meet SOLAS regulations for flammable fluids

European Certifications

  • Declaration of Incorporation for EU Machinery Safety
  • Directive and EU Low Voltage Safety Directive

Air Inlet System

  • Fresh water aftercooler, corrosion resistant coated (air side)
  • Air inlet shutoff
  • Turbochargers (2), front-mounted, oil lubricated
  • 90° adapter and straight adapters for air inlet to turbocharger
  • Air cleaners
  • Air cleaners with Cat dry paper filter elements (approximately 99.9% efficient at filtering SAE fine dust)

Control System

  • Dual Cat ADEM A4 electronic engine control module with electronic unit injector fuel system, rigid wiring harness (10 amp 24V power required to drive electronic engine control modules), direct rack control

Cooling System

  • Gear-driven jacket water (JW) pump
  • Gear-driven separate-circuit aftercooler/oil cooler (AC/OC) pump
  • Front-mounted water connections: JW and AC/OC, 6" ANSI
  • Jacket Water Thermostat Options:
  • AC/OC Thermostat Options:
  • Expansion Tank Options:

Exhaust System

  • Dry, gas tight exhaust manifold
  • Dual turbocharger, front-mounted
  • Dual wastegate; hard shielding - SOLAS compliant
  • Exhaust manifold shields

Fuel System

  • Distillate fuel (requires viscosity ranging from 1.4 cSt to 20 cSt at 38°C); fuel pump, gear-driven; fuel transfer pump (mounted on left-hand side); duplex fuel filters, rear-engine-mounted; electronically controlled unit injectors
  • ; crankcase breathers, top-mounted; turbochargers (2), front-mounted, oil lubricated

Lube System

  • Centrifugal oil filters and lines with single shutoff - RH mounted on cylinder block inspection covers, serviceable with the engine running
  • Oil pump, gear-driven
  • Oil filler and dipstick - located in base integrated tank
  • Oil pressure regulating valve
  • Duplex oil filter - accessory module mounted
  • Off engine mounted oil cooler - DTO quote required for package connections
  • Base integrated tank - DTO required
  • Electric continuous prelube pump
  • Redundant prelube with continuous electric prelube
  • Intermittent air prelube backup

Protection System

  • Flywheel and damper guards
  • Crankcase explosion relief valves


  • Cat Alarm and Protection System Features:

Starting System

  • TDI dual air starting motors, LH rear
  • Shutoff valve
  • Two integrated relay valves with built-in screen #40 mesh and solenoid
  • Air pressure sensor, monitored by Cat Alarm and Protection System - requires customer wiring
  • Maximum operating (dynamic) pressure: 10 bar (150 psi)
  • Maximum static pressure: 14 bar (200 psi)
  • 3-inch ANSI flange customer connection; requires customer-provided 3-inch supply air line from receiver or regulator to air starter and flex connection; if regulator is used, Cv of 40 or greater is required
  • Pressure reducing valve

Mounting System

  • Design-To-Order (DTO) base


  • Generator panel
  • Torsional coupling
  • Engine barring device options:

C280-16 FMT Optional Equipment

Air Inlet System

  • Soot filter
  • Air cleaner support bracket

Cooling System

  • Jacket water heater
  • ANSI connection adapters

Exhaust System

  • Flexible exhaust fittings
  • Weld flanges

Fuel System

  • Manual fuel priming pump
  • Duplex primary fuel strainer

Lube System

  • Lube oil heater

Protection System

  • Cylinder pressure relief valve
  • Spray shielding
  • Oil mist detector

Mounting System

  • Vertically-restrained vibration isolators and weld plates


  • Accessory module - Front mounted for mounting expansion tank, heat exchanger, instrument panel, annunciator panel, alarm and shutdown contactors, and fuel strainer
  • Engine testing — certified dynamometer test, fuel consumption test, rated speed performance test, overload test, minimum power setting, peak firing pressure test, turbo work certificates, crankshaft work certificates, standard and project-specific witness testing
  • Spare parts kit
  • Engine lifting eyes


  • Project-specific installation drawings
  • Electrical schematics and P&ID drawings

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