Caterpillar announced today that it will supply generator sets totaling 107 MWe of power to Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC. This will be the largest natural gas fired power plant for which Caterpillar Power Generation Systems has supplied equipment and services.
Online PR News – 27-August-2012 – Peoria, IL – PEORIA, IL – Caterpillar announced today that it will supply generator sets totaling 107 MWe of power to Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC. The new Mid-Kansas Electric plant will be powered by 12 Cat® G20CM34 generator sets. This will be the largest natural gas fired power plant for which Caterpillar Power Generation Systems has supplied equipment and services.
The first installation of the new G20CM34 generator sets will be located at Rubart Station in Grant County, Kan. These 20-cylinder, natural gas-fueled generator sets produce 10 MW of mechanical output and feature high availability, long life, low fuel and lube oil consumption, and low maintenance requirements. Designed for long-term reliable operations, the G20CM34 is equipped with the proven Cat electronic control system to ensure precise fuel delivery and world-class efficiency. Construction of the power plant is scheduled to begin in 2013.
“Our members will see multiple advantages when Rubart Station comes to fruition,” said Stuart Lowry, president and CEO of Mid-Kansas. “Along with enabling us to transition away from our aging generation fleet, this type of generation resource has a fast start capability, allowing for quick response to market conditions and our system’s growing integration of wind energy.”
“Mid-Kansas Electric is building this new station to help manage the fluctuations in available energy that are inherent with the growing presence of wind power in the area,” said Dean Powell, director of Global Sales and Marketing, Caterpillar Power Generation Systems. “We are truly excited that Mid-Kansas Electric will be the first to install our new G20CM34 generator sets. These generator sets will not only enhance Mid-Kansas’ current diverse generation portfolio comprised of natural gas, coal and wind but also serve as a reliable and cost-effective means to meet its members growing demand for energy.”
Caterpillar Power Generation Systems, a part of the Electric Power Division of Caterpillar, is a leading, global supplier of complete electric power generation solutions. Utilizing highly efficient medium-speed reciprocating engine technology, Caterpillar’s power plants range in output from one to more than 200 megawatts (MW). The technology offers tremendous operational flexibility and reliability and the option of burning a wide variety of fuels including: natural gas, heavy fuel oil, crude oil, diesel oil and renewables. With major installations in every part of the world, Caterpillar has the expertise to provide customized solutions ranging from simple equipment supply to full turnkey power plants. Operations and maintenance agreements, and project financing are also available. For more information, please visit http://www.cat.com/power-plants.
About Mid-Kansas Electric Company, LLC
Mid-Kansas Electric Company LLC is a coalition of five rural electric cooperatives and one wholly owned subsidiary serving in central and western Kansas counties that organized themselves for the purpose of acquiring the assets of Aquila’s Kansas Electric Network. Mid-Kansas’ members include Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative, Dighton; Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Norton; Southern Pioneer Electric Company, Ulysses; The Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Dodge City; Western Cooperative Electric Association, WaKeeney; and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Scott City, Kansas.
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