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Powering Venezuela’s Oil And Gas Boom

35 MTU engines on way to offshore rigs; focus on fuel efficiency, environmental compliance

Posted on November 21, 2013

MTU has been selected to power 12 new drill rigs owned and operated by PDVSA, Venezuela’s state-owned oil natural gas company.

The 12 customized drill rigs – assembled by four Chinese manufacturers – feature a total of 35 Tier 2-compliant MTU 12V 4000 G43 engines. MTU said the focus was to help PDVSA have the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly drill rig fleet in Venezuela.

Designed specifically for heavy-duty, off-highway applications, the Series 4000 engine’s rugged capability has been adapted to excel under the high run times and harsh operating conditions of Venezuela’s oil and gas environment, MTU said.

MTU said the Series 4000 engines were first developed in 1996 and include 12- and 16-cylinder configurations for the oil and gas industry. They offer emissions technologies such as common-rail fuel injection and integrated cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) to meet current emission standards, including those established by the EPA.