Finning Power Systems chosen for Iraqi oil field

Caterpillar (NYSE:à‚ CAT) equipment supplier, Finning Power Systems, was recently chosen by the IPU Group to provide on-site power to the Garraf oil field production facility in Iraq.

IPU Group, a systems’ manufacturer for critical diesel and gas applications, needed rapid supply of Cat engines as specified by the end user, to power the first phase of a new production plant at the oilfield.
Cat 3520 gas engines
Shipped to the USA to achieve an early delivery, Finning supplied 14 separate Cat engine sets to provide the onsite power for the facility, located five miles outside of Basra in Southern Iraq.

Nine Cat 3516 diesel generators, rated at 2,000 kVA, provide the main load to run the various pumps and motors required for the efficient operation of the production aspects of the plant.

Four Cat 3520 gas engines, rated at 2,500 kVA are optimised to run on the natural flare gas produced on site, which would otherwise be burnt off in to the atmosphere.à‚  These operate in parallel and take up the load once the diesel generators reach full output.

A separate Cat 3412, 900 kVA utility set was supplied to provide emergency power in the event of a complete energy blackout.

Andrew Whitehouse, Divisional Director Heating, Fuel and Single Source from IPU Group said, “The short lead time on this project meant that we needed to work with a supplier that we could trust to deliver the Cat engines required on deadline, as delays in supply could have put the entire programme at risk.”

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