Caterpillar Supplying Two 9.75-MW Gensets to Minnesota Utility

Caterpillar, Inc. announced Monday it has been selected by Hutchinson Utilities Commission (HUC) to supply two CatG20CM34 generator sets and associated equipment and services for the expansion of HUC’s Plant No. 1, in the city of Hutchinson, Minnesota.

With a nominal capacity of 9.75 MW each, the generator sets will serve as continuous, standby or peaking units, and will provide a variety of electric services to HUC.

“These generator sets provide great flexibility with a “Ëœplug and play’ system on all of the electrical components, which makes for easy maintenance with minimal downtime,” said Randy Blake, Production Manager at Hutchinson Utilities Commission.  “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 aftercooled engine that achieves high efficiency with low emissions.

“Our generator sets offer many features that are critical for HUC’s operations, such as 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 EPA regulations,” said Claudio Martino, regional sales director with Caterpillar Energy Solutions.

This is the third project using the Cat G20CM34 generator sets in the United States. Together with its 16 and 12-cylinder versions, Caterpillar has over 150 of the GCM34 engines installed in the USA and Canada, making this product one of its most successful medium speed solutions.

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

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