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LNG For The Long-Term

Caterpillar extends focus on LNG engines with concurrent product development efforts

Posted on December 17, 2012

As part of its ongoing commitment to develop environmentally clean, fuel-efficient engines for the marine industry, Caterpillar Inc. said it is continuing its focus on LNG engine technology. This initiative will ensure the company’s marine-focused engines are in compliance with existing IMO 2 (and pending IMO 3) emissions requirements and low-sulfur fuel regulations in emissions-controlled areas.

Following the company’s 2011 introduction of the MaK M 46 DF – a dual-fuel engine platform for the commercial marine industry that will be available in 1st quarter  2014 – Caterpillar is simultaneously developing a LNG-fueled, high-speed engine below 2 MW designed primarily for electric propulsion with specific focus on offshore and ferry applications. Additional LNG plans include the development of a 320 mm bore size platform (M 3X DF) as well as platform considerations in the 2 to 3 MW range.

“This extended focus on LNG technology reflects our greater understanding of and response to current and future customer needs,” said Bob Hallengren, product director at Caterpillar Marine Power Systems. “These fuel-efficient, sustainable propulsion engines will offer enhanced performance, productivity, reliability and longevity, while enabling our customers to meet ever-stricter emissions requirements.”

Condition monitoring will be offered for shipboard engines no matter where they are operating, providing system simplicity for easier service and maintenance, the company said. Caterpillar said it also plans to offer additional training opportunities that will teach customers how to achieve greater operating efficiencies while reducing the total cost of ownership.