Caterpillar gensets for Minnesota project

December 5, 2017

Caterpillar is to supply two 9.75MW gensets to act as standby, peaking or continuous power units for the city of Hutchinson in the US state of Minnesota.


The company was selected by the Hutchinson Utilities Commission (HUC) to supply the Cat G20CM34 generator sets and associated equipment and services for HUC’s expanded Plant No.1.


This project is expected to start commercial operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.


HUC production manager Randy Blake said: “These generator sets provide great flexibility with a ‘plug and play’ system on all of the electrical components, which makes for easy maintenance with minimal downtime. Plus, we’re able to put generation on line quickly to take advantage of pricing spikes in the market.”


The G20CM34 generator set features a 20-cylinder, natural gas-fired, spark ignited, V-shape, turbocharged and after-cooled engine that achieve high efficiency with low emissions.


Claudio Martino, regional sales director with Caterpillar Energy Solutions, said the gensets offer features critical for HUC’s operations including “fast start and the ability to run in partial loads with high fuel efficiency”. They also come equipped with emission control devices, “which enable them to meet stringent Environmental Protection Agency regulations”, Martino said.


The HUC project is Caterpillar’s third using Cat G20CM34 generator sets in the US. The company said it has more than 150 of the GCM34 engines installed in the US and Canada, together with its 16 and 12-cylinder versions, making the product one of its most successful medium speed solutions.

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