Caterpillar Oil & Gas will display a custom Cat C15 Air Compressor package in an enclosure configuration at the 2015 OTC Houston Show, held May 4th – 7th in Houston, Texas. Each C15 package is rated at 536 bhp (400 bkW) @ 1800 rpm and the finished package will provide 1600 cfm at 150 psi, while meeting the stringent DNV 2.7-2 certification requirements. Cat dealer Ring Power led the effort to design and develop the custom compressor packages in conjunction with Caterpillar Oil & Gas, Pyroban, a Caterpillar company, and Sullair Corporation. Ring Power will soon be offering additional Cat-powered models: 250 cfm, 400 cfm and 1000 cfm. The custom packages are offered in both skid and enclosed configurations. Ring Power is the first Cat dealer building air compressor packages to DNV 2.7-2 requirements
“Ring Power and our partners have worked hard to develop a solid relationship of teamwork and collaboration through all stages of this project,” said Roger Adkins, Ring Power Air Compressor vice president. “Moving forward, Ring Power will continue to train and provide CompEx-certified technicians to support Caterpillar Oil & Gas and our customers in the field.”
The C15 custom air compressor units were designed to be compliant with global standards for worldwide usage in a rental fleet. The units feature an air inlet shutoff as a method of stopping the engine in the presence of a flammable atmosphere and an intake flame arrestor to prevent flames within the intake manifold from spreading to the outside atmosphere. The packages are equipped with water-cooled flexible exhaust pipes with a rugged vibration-resistant design, developed specifically for offshore applications. The exhaust gas heat exchanger in the custom units reduces the temperature of exhaust gas to meet area requirements and has been explosion tested and certified for use in Zone 2 areas.
Cat hazardous location solutions are fully customizable and designed to integrate with complex equipment with offerings ranging from components to complete power solutions and generator sets for a broad spectrum of applications. The hazardous location engine is rated at 536 bhp between 1,800- 2,000 rpm, with an ambient capability of 50° C for the mechanical systems and 60° C on the electrical system.
A variety of hazardous-location certified attachments are available, including an alternator, ATEX Messenger and ATEX throttle control and inlet air flame trap. This engine also features Non-Sparking (nA) and Intrinsically Safe (ic) ECM wiring harnesses and sensors, as well as harness cable jackets that meet flame propagation requirements of IEC 60332-1-2. Having a completely designed, tested and certified package from Caterpillar allows the customer to reduce project complexity and decrease certification-related risks.