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Cat Introduces C175 for Petroleum Markets

Posted on May 5, 2006

At OTC in Houston, Caterpillar Inc. introduced a new diesel-fueled generator set for the oil and gas industry. The first drilling module available for the petroleum industry is powered by the new Cat C175-16 centerline engine. This 16-cylinder petroleum drilling engine comes with a factory approved ratings of 1928 bkW of power for use in petroleum drilling applications.

“The new Cat C175 has been specifically engineered to address the current and future needs of the worldwide electric power industry. It is the result of extensive customer research to identify key product benefits sought by our engine and generator set customers, “ said Jim Bielenberg, general manager for Caterpillar Global Petroleum Division. “This new line of generator sets powered by the C175 engine offers tremendous value for our customers. We have incorporated numerous features to reduce power plant installed costs and operating costs.”

This new petroleum drilling module is designed for standby, continuous and load management applications on drilling rigs. Offering the latest developments in engine architecture, this new family provides superior performance, reliability and durability while building upon the common electronics interface and mounting footprints of the Caterpillar 3500 series engines to minimize rig installation redesigns. In addition, the C175 drilling module provides emissions compliance without sacrificing on power density or fuel economy.

There are five key engine systems in the C175 – air systems, fuel systems, electronics and controls, cooling system and lube system – all designed together to deliver a world-class engine that the petroleum industry has come to know and expect from Caterpillar.

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