Caterpillar lands large order of ‘flagship’ engines

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A significant order of Cat G3600 engines, manufactured at Lafayette’s Caterpillar plant, was announced Wednesday in Houston.

Caterpillar Oil & Gas confirmed that the Lafayette-based plant will produce over 70 Cat G3600 engines, which are the company’s flagship series for gas compression applications.

MarkWest Energy Partners L.P., a natural gas company based in Denver, has ordered the compression package systems. Caterpillar officials said the package is a combination of G3608 engines rated at 2370 hp and G3612 engines rated at 3550 hp, which will be used to support natural gas gathering operations across the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale formations.

President and Chief Executive Officer at MarkWest, Frank Semple, said his company is pleased to work with Caterpillar to expand their footprint in the Northeast.

“The installment of quality Caterpillar technology will be critical to support the continued development of producers’ rich-gas acreage in the heart of two of America’s most prolific shale plays,” stated Semple in press release to News 18.

Caterpillar Oil & Gas General Manager, Dave Dunlevy, said this is one of the largest orders the company has seen.

“This order is a significant achievement for Caterpillar in the gas compression industry,” Dunlevy stated in a press release to News 18. “It is one of our largest orders of G3600 engines for gas compression and we are appreciative of MarkWest for their continued support of our industry-leading power solutions and unparalleled service provided by the Cat dealer network.”

Officials said the Cat G3600 engine is built using the Cat diesel platform. The gas-fueled G3600 units stand up to the most demanding natural gas applications, delivering 1775 to 4735 hp, with virtually no unscheduled downtime. In addition, the engine’s efficiency and technology result in longer overhaul intervals and reduced maintenance.

The Houston-based parent company confirms that initial shipments of the gas compression package systems are scheduled to begin in early 2014 with deliveries scheduled throughout the year.

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