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Caterpillar Powered Coal Methane Gas Project for China

Posted on May 18, 2006

Caterpillar Inc. has been selected to provide 60 methane-gas-powered generator sets to produce 120 MW of power at the Sihe Coal Mine in Jincheng City, Shanxi Province, China. The Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Group Co., Ltd. is the project developer for the methane gas power project, which is expected to be the largest of its kind in the world when it is fully operational.

It is anticipated the planned power generation plant at the Sihe Coal Mine will use 60 Caterpillar G3520 generator sets, paralleling switchgear and four steam turbines driven by recovered exhaust heat to produce 120 MW of power. Project partner Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd. will provide the steam turbines. The entire methane-fired power plant is expected to be fully operational in 2007. Caterpillar will work closely with dealer WesTrac China Limited on product commissioning and ongoing support for this project.

"For more than 20 years, our Lafayette, Indiana, Large Engine Center has produced the 3500 series of engines for use in electric power projects all over the world," said Bill Rohner, Caterpillar vice president with responsibility for the Electric Power Division. "The engines that will be the heart of this coal methane power plant have a proven track record and will provide years of dependable electricity for the people of Shanxi Province," Rohner said.

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