Caterpillar Inc. has announced that new Cat® Modular Power Plants can be installed in just 12 days per unit. The two-year development, aimed at reducing installation time, maintains power generation reliability and sustainability through proven Cat power solutions and products for mining, heavy and light industry, oil and gas, and electric utility applications.

The modular energy solution

Each modular power plant is a complete, location-independent system in which all components are prepared for quick installation without the need for on-site welding. Even in locations with limited infrastructure, the modules are delivered to the installation site ready to assemble and prepared to run, making precision assembly easy to achieve.

With the increasing importance of distributed power generation in many countries, this product is a natural complement in providing energy, both electricity and heat, at any location. The power plant is fully suitable for continuous and intermittent use and can provide fast ramp up times when required.

Efficiency across the board

Each module is equipped with the well-established Cat CG260-16 generator set providing an output up to 4.3 MWel of power per unit, which can be reliably deployed in all natural gas and biogas applications. The CG260-16 is designed for the highest electrical and thermal efficiency, low operating and service costs, as well as high reliability and availability. More than 580 power generators with some 2,170,000 kWel of power have already been installed in various applications worldwide.

Location-independent with flexible scalability

Each Cat Modular Power Plant can be expanded to include up to six modular units, delivering a rated output of up to 25.8 MWel of power. Additionally, these highly efficient, decentralized and mobile power generation modules provide an overall efficiency of over 86% in natural gas operation.

Product advantages of the new Cat Modular Power Plant include:

  • 12-day installation
  • Ideal for areas without existing infrastructure
  • Flexible scalability, aligning power demand and supply
  • Quick disassembly if required
  • Cat generator set with high availability, extended maintenance intervals and major overhauls at 80,000 hours
  • Economical power generation and reduced emissions
  • Worldwide support from dealer network
  • Full parts supply and service contracts
  • Short payback time
  • Advantages of credit financing for mobile systems
  • Simple, smooth order processing from planning to commissioning