Caterpillar gensets to power Keppel-built rigs

Caterpillar Oil & Gas announced today that the Cat® C175 and Cat 3516B generator sets have been selected to power five high spec Super Class B jack-up rigs.


Caterpillar gensets to power Keppel-built rigs

Each rig will be equipped with five Cat C175 generator sets, each with rated power of 1833 ekW @ 60 Hz (1200 rpm), for prime power as well as 1x Cat 3516B generator set providing emergency power. The newbuilds are currently being constructed by Keppel FELS in Singapore and the Cat power solutions will be delivered over the course of the next two years. Cat dealer Tractors Singapore Limited (TSL) led Caterpillar’s efforts on the project.

“Cat dealer TSL has delivered outstanding support to Keppel FELS since the Cat C175 power solutions were selected in a previous Super Class B order in 2011 and we’re pleased to continue to collaborate with Keppel FELS on jack-up newbuilds,” Shen Yang Lee, Caterpillar Oil & Gas Asia Pacific territory sales manager for ASEAN region noted. “The Cat C175 is the industry leader for jack-up rigs in the offshore industry, reliably powering jack-up rigs operating around the globe drilling at varied depths.”

Caterpilar says that the Cat C175 is ideal for customers seeking high power density, high fuel efficiency, and minimized downtime in offshore drilling applications. Offering 20 percent more installed power than 3516C (HD) offshore generator sets, the C175-16 allows for deeper drilling and higher mud pump loading. Its compact footprint offers significant weight savings when compared to medium speed engines and allows for retrofit with today’s Cat 3516 generator sets. In addition, its full featured control system provides for easy interface with the local rig network, and can be controlled and monitored remotely.

The C175-16 is also highly fuel efficient incorporating a fuel system that uses a high pressure fuel pump and control valve that deliver multiple precise injections within a single combustion event, Caterpillar says. This results in lower emissions, improved performance and reduced fuel consumption. Driven by two ADEM™ A4 engine control modules, the C175-16 engine features full redundancy and provides superior performance, even in the most demanding environments. The fuel system directly impacts customers overall owning and operating costs as the fuel consumption has been optimized for typical drilling load.


Press Release, May 15, 2014


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