Caterpillar Methane Gen-Sets For China

Posted on May 18, 2006

Caterpillar Inc. said it has been selected to provide 60 methane-gas- powered generator sets to produce 120 MW of power at the Sihe Coal Mine in Jincheng City, Shanxi Province, China. The Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Group Co., Ltd. is the project developer for the methane gas power project, expected to be one of the largest of its kind in the world when it is fully operational.

It is anticipated the planned power generation plant will use 60 Caterpillar G3520 generator sets, paralleling switchgear and four steam turbines driven by recovered exhaust heat to produce 120 MW of power. Project partner Shanghai Electric Group Co., Ltd. will provide the steam turbines. The entire methane-fired power plant is expected to be fully operational in 2007. Caterpillar will work with its dealer WesTrac China Ltd. on product commissioning and ongoing support for this project. Plans call for capturing previously vented methane gas.