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A tilt test is required for emergency generators operating on offshore drilling rigs in the North Sea, such as jackups and semisubmersibles, to be certified by the Norwegian Maritime Authority and meet NORSOK standards. In the event of an unforeseen loss of power on a rig, an emergency generator set is required to provide emergency power to the rig for a minimum of 18 hours. The degree the test is performed at varies depending on the type of rig is set to be installed on. If the generator set will be installed on a semisubmersible, the tilt test is performed for 4 hours, operating at full load on an inclination of 25 degrees. If the generator set will be installed on a jackup, the tilt test is performed for 4 hours, operating at full load on an inclination of 15 degrees.

Caterpillar Global Petroleum was invited to present at the ‘Rig Owners Seminar’ organized and hosted by the National Drilling Company (NDC), DNV and GL Group on its game changing power solutions for the oil and gas industry’s offshore sector. The seminar which was an invite-only event took place against the backdrop of the Abhu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition (ADIPEC), the Middle East’s premium event for the petroleum industry. While the seminar was run independently of ADIPEC, there was no question that the biggest global players from the oil and gas sector were in town to hear about the latest technological advancements and business opportunities. The seminar enjoyed the participation of key rig owners, operators, contractors and shipyards operating in the booming Middle East’s oil and gas industry. Guest of honor at the event was NDC CEO Abdalla Saeed Al-Suwaidi. For the Middle East regions, key industry trends include an enhanced emphasis on operational efficiency and lower emissions. Most of the offshore drilling activity in the region is performed through the use of jackup rigs. Caterpillar Global Petroleum offers several game changing products specifically for jackup rigs including the Cat 3516C (HD) and C175 generator sets, which provide prime power for rigs. The products both feature game changing value propositions for the offshore industry including higher power performance, optimized fuel consumption and lowered NOx levels. Design considerations that include the ease of installation and offshore durability come from years of experience supporting customers in the offshore industry. Another key industry game changer in the Middle East region is the growing emphasis on safety and power protection, which is of key significance to the offshore sector where stringent offshore environmental and safety quality standards are required. Caterpillar is uniquely suited to offer rig owners and operators power platforms equipped with hazardous protection technology that meet ATEX regulations. Do you operate in the Middle East? What do you view as game changers for the industry? What can we offer to better serve your drilling needs? .

Fracking Saves the (Economy's) Day?

by Visitor jennjanik on ‎09-04-2013 05:23 PM

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department published good news for the economic state of the United States, announcing a 2.5% gross domestic product rate for the second quarter, an increase of .8% from the expected GDP estimate for the period. Responsible for the sizable increase was the explosive growth of exports, which recorded the highest growth rate in two years for the world’s biggest economy.  Surprising many was the source responsible for the increase in goods exported: petroleum products.


According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the United States has exported approximately 99 million barrels monthly over the past year, representing a 400% increase over the past ten years. The increase in United States petroleum exports can be attributed to hydraulic fracturing, the innovative drilling technology enabling the oil and gas industry to reach previously untapped domestic reserves. We’d like to know: does fracking’s positive impact on the economy change your view of the technology? Should we implement it more if it continues to power our GDP and decrease the trade deficit? Sound in with your comments below.


Read the complete Bloomberg article here:

In a recent national survey, LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab found Americans are more likely to support the practice of hydraulic fracturing as long as the term ‘fracking’ isn’t used. Survey respondents reported more favorable results both to whether hydraulic well stimulation was safe and as to whether drilling should be encouraged when the term ‘fracking’ was not included in the question.  What do you think: does the word ‘fracking’ have a negative connotation? What is your preferred term for ‘fracking?’ Send us your thoughts.  Read the full report here:

Can Gas Blending Improve Your Bottom Line?

by New member roberts_scott_d on ‎05-01-2013 11:08 AM - last edited on ‎05-04-2013 12:29 PM by Administrator

Will I save enough money in fuel costs to recoup my investment?  Am I being more “green” buy burning less diesel fuel and using cleaner burning natural gas in its place?  Will I get the same amount of power out of the engine? Is it safe? 


It has long been known that special precautions must be taken when engines are to be placed in areas where flammable atmospheres may occur. Among the more common protection methods are special wiring and emergency air shutoff valves. Over the years, a number of standards have been developed to help engineers, inspectors, and other people responsible for selecting equipment to determine what risks exist in a given area and best practices to mitigate those risks. There are many standards to help classify the risk associated with types of locations, and there are many more standards describing design techniques for hardware used in these classified locations. There are even ...


US Emissions Regulations Are Here to Stay – Be Part of the Solution

by New member EricFierson ‎04-12-2012 10:30 AM - edited ‎04-13-2012 02:08 AM

Caterpillar must invest heavily in research and development as emissions limits for existing regulations become more stringent and new regulations are introduced. Green house gas (GHG) legislation and revisions to the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) are examples of Federal actions that may challenge engine manufacturers and owners and operators in the future.


OTC 2012 is just around the corner! Taking place in Houston at the Reliant Center, organizers are expecting record breaking attendance from around the world. And since this is the biggest event of the year for the Oil and Gas industry, it is the perfect opportunity for us to showcase our products and services and network with our customers - we wouldn't miss it for anything.


Two engine technologies are helping oil and gas producers save money - and improve the environment.

Both dual fuel and dedicated natural gas engines have been around for years. But increased global concern about emissions and associated gas flaring, as well as the acknowledgment that natural gas is both abundant and less expensive than diesel, have renewed interest in the technologies.


It was as early as March 2009 when Caterpillar and TIPL were called upon by ONGC to discuss the ONGC Tripura Camp Power Plant project.  It was proposed that the project be awarded on a complete turnkey basis with TIPL as the main contractor.


Our constant companions allow us to network with family, friends, and business contacts whenever we want and especially wherever we are – awesome!


In the last few years, Caterpillar Global Petroleum developed a comprehensive, end-to-end condition monitoring solution to help customers be more proactive in managing their equipment.


The growing abundance of natural gas in North America from unconventional sources is driven in part by the gas industry migrating from pure natural gas to oil and Natural Gas Liquid (NGL) development. Oil shale oil & gas plays are being developed in North American states and provinces not necessarily familiar with gas gathering and processing. I’ve been asked by gas compression technical specialists...


About the Author
  • In 2005, I started my career at Caterpillar as an intern in Kiel, after that I worked as a student and then a temporary employee. I finally became a permanent employee in 2008, working at the Marine World headquarters in Hamburg. Through all these years I was supporting and leading Marketing projects from various areas, including Electronic Sales Tools, Shows, Novelties etc. By May 01, 2011 my job role changed to the current one. In this position I am leading several Electronic Marketing projects such as all Marine and Oil & Gas Social Media activities.
  • I have been in the oil and gas industry for 34 years, primarily in technical sales and support roles for natural gas compression equipment. I have been with Caterpillar for 13 years managing application and service support for Caterpillar’s gas compression product group, managing technical service support for Caterpillar engines in Oil & Gas applications and managing product definition for Caterpillar’s Petroleum marketing unit. I am currently based in the Global Petroleum headquarters in Houston, Texas and am responsible for developing a worldwide Condition Monitoring solution for Caterpillar products used in the Oil & Gas industry. Prior to working with Caterpillar, I was with Halliburton Company’s gas compression rental business unit. There I provided technical support for applications and service in a variety of roles with the last 4 years as Manager of Compression Engineering. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A & M University. I am currently a member of the Gas Machinery Research Council’s (GMRC) Project Supervisory Committee and active in the GMRC’s Gas Machinery Conferences.
  • I began tinkering with engines at age 9 when I built a radio controlled airplane and took the engine apart .  Then at age 12, my dad bought me my first motorcycle, a 1979 Honda XR80.  Several modified motorcycle engines and a few broken bones later my career in developing emissions complaint engines began. Now, I have over 20 years experience addressing CARB and EPA engine emissions and safety regulations in a variety of roles. From gasoline and LPG fueled  LSI engine testing, prototype development, calibration, and field testing to NRTL approvals with Underwriters Laboratory for use in hazardous locations . My career at Caterpillar as Emission Manager  began in December 2011 and I'm enjoying my transition to the industry.
  • I have been working in engineering since 1998, primarily in different aspects of engine design . I joined Caterpillar in 2005 to work on the design of internal engine components. I have been based in Houston and have worked on products specifically for the oil and gas industry since 2008.
  • I began my career at Caterpillar in 2003, developing marketing communications for many different groups including machine, product support and technician recruitment. Since 2008, I have been working as a Marketing Consultant with Global Petroleum to develop effective marketing communications materials and events.
  • As a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, I joined Caterpillar Jakarta District Office as marketing trainee in 1985. A mechanical engineer by education, I spent my early years in Machine, Product Support field assignments before joining the Engine Division as Jakarta District Sales Representative in 1990. In 1995 I relocated to Singapore as Marine Consultant, and later as Sr Sales Representative in Caterpillar Marine Power Systems Division, where I made the breakthrough sales of Cat 3600 propulsion engines to the booming AHT market in Singapore and Malaysian shipyards. In 2005 I moved to the Global Petroleum Asia Pacific as Sales & Marketing Team Leader, and promoted to Sales and Marketing Supervisor position in 2007. In GPAP, I secured several breakthroughs including the first collaborative sales (joint effort with CMPS) of 2x6M25 engines to Keppel Singmarine for Lukoil FSO (2006), and a rigset of 8 x 3616 to Jurong's first Cat-powered Semisubmersible 'West Sirius' (2007). In 2008, I led my India team in securing the largest contract with India's Oil & Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) to repower their fleet of 185 x D399 engines with 3512B ($57M), followed with ONGC Parts and Service Agreements and initiation of India Petroleum Strategy with our India dealers in 2009. In ASEAN I led the breakthrough sales of the C175-16 in the Singapore Jackup rigs market with 19 units booked in 2011 and another 41 to be shipped in 2012 and 2013. Since 2010 I have been working on nurturing Caterpillar network and partnership with other National Oil Companies in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar. I believe that NOC will continue to provide Caterpillar and its dealers good business for prime product and support services in years to come.
  • I started with Caterpillar in 1993 at the Lafayette Large Engine Facility. Currently I am a New Product Defintion Manager for Land Drilling and Land Production Products. I am responsible for managing new product programs for diesel, gas and dual fuel products. I am experienced in Engine development and installation in Generator sets, On-Highway trucks, Motorgraders, Well Service Equipment, Oil and Gas Drilling Equipment.
  • I joined Caterpillar after 4 years in the USArmy Field Artillery. After assignments in fuel system and engine control system design, engine test and development, manufacturing, and gas engine/genset project management, I am presently responsible for large gas compression engine marketing functional requirements and launch of these new products.

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