Caterpillar announces open order board for 3512E Tier 4 land electric drilling engine

Caterpillar ORMECaterpillar Oil and Gas has announced open order board for the Cat® 3512E Tier 4 Final land electric drilling engine

The Cat 3500 engine platform is one of the industry’s gold standards for heavy-duty diesel and gas engines worldwide. With more than 190,000 engines in the field and more than three billion operating hours in mining, rail, electric power, oil and gas and marine applications, the company aims to expand its technical innovation to its customers.

According to Caterpillar, the 3512E engine meets EPA T4 final emission standards with the NOx reduction system (NRS) which is commonly referred to as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) technology.

Caterpillar has been using NRS technology since 1977 to meet emission regulations. “Caterpillar has deep expertise in using both NRS and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology to meet T4 final emission regulations. For land drilling applications, NRS technology is better suited due to the highly demanding and remote nature of the applications”, said Diana Hopkins, land drilling and production marketing manager for Caterpillar Oil and Gas.

“The most critical requirement from our customers was to meet emission regulations with no disruption to operations, reliability and durability and with NRS technology we have delivered on that requirement,” said Hopkins.

“Moreover, we saw Tier 4 as an opportunity not only to meet emission requirements, but also to add value to our customers operations and we have done just that by using technologies to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance and overhaul requirements and most importantly, maintain the reliability and durability required for land drilling.”

The company further added that the 3512E comes with smart engine management system option, which automatically starts and stops engines on rigs, aiming to y manage the power available on a rig.

“Smart Engine Management System helps reduce the operating cost by operating the engines at its optimal load point and reducing the hours accumulated on engines,” said Hopkins.

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