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Finning supplies IPU Group with 14 gensets to power Iraq oilfield facility

Thu, 05/09/2013 - 18:36 -- Editor

Finning Power Systems has supplied 14 separate Cat engine sets to IPU Group to power the first phase of a new production plant at the Garraf oilfield near Basra in Iraq.

Nine Cat 3516 diesel generators, rated at 2,000 kVA, provide the main load to run the various pumps and motors required for operation of the production aspects of the plant.

Four Cat 3520 gas engines, rated at 2,500 kVA are optimised to run on the natural flare gas produced on site, which would otherwise be burnt off in to the atmosphere.  These operate in parallel and take up the load once the diesel generators reach full output.

A separate Cat 3412, 900 kVA utility set was supplied to provide emergency power in the event of a complete energy blackout. All units are now onsite, with the diesel generators fully operational and the gas engines due to be commissioned shortly.

Andrew Whitehouse, Divisional Director Heating, Fuel and Single Source from IPU Group said: “Finning also provided onsite training to our commissioning team in Malaysia and acted as the main contact between the various engineering departments located in the USA, Malaysia and onsite in Iraq.”

The Garraf oil field is situated in the southern part of Iraq.  Discovered in 1984, three wells have been drilled to-date. Output from the field, currently 35,000 barrels per day (bpd) from a start up in September 2011, is expected to hit 60,000 bpd in 2013 and 100,000 bpd in 2014.