Offshore Drilling and Production Generator Sets

C280-16 Offshore Generator Set (Front-Mounted Turbo)

Minimum Rating

7,510 kV·A

Maximum Rating

7,684 kV·A


IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2


The C280-16 generator set incorporates years of proven success of the 3600 engine with the latest technology in electronics. The result is a fully integrated solution that is ideal for offshore operations.
Ideal applications for the C280-16 offshore generator set are main power on-board drilling and production vessels and platforms. These include jackup rigs, semi-submersible rigs, drillships, and production platforms.
The new front-mounted turbocharger configuration and complete package offering makes integration of the Cat C280-16 generator set into the vessel a simplified operation by reducing the scope of work and supply at the shipyard.
The redundant ADEM A4 engine control system works together with the Cat Alarm and Protection to bring comprehensive generator set control, safety, and simple operator interface.
Cat generator sets are backed by the worldwide network of Cat dealers ready to support your operation with technical support, service, parts, and warranty.
Cat C280-16 offshore generator set with front-mounted turbochargers.

    Capacity for Liquids

    Cooling System - Engine

    329 gal (US)

    Lube Oil System - Refill

    443 gal (US)



    161.1 in


    110.2 in


    404.8 in

    Engine Specifications

    Minimum Rating

    7,510 kV·A

    Maximum Rating

    7,684 kV·A


    IMO Tier 2 / EPA Marine Tier 2

    Generator Set Control

    Cat® Alarm and Protection System


    145,505 lb


    11.8 in

    Fuel System



    11 in

    Engine Control

    Dual ADEM™ A4




    18,062 in³

    Oil Change Interval

    1,000 h

    • Product Consist
      • The engine is a turbocharged, aftercooled, four-strokecycle- diesel, electronic unit injection engine with a 280 mm (11 in) bore by 300 mm (11.8 in) stroke. SAE standard rotation is counterclockwise as viewed from the rear of engine flywheel.
    • Emissions Certifications
      • GL and CCS approved IMO certificate — includes statement of compliance or Engine International Air Pollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate, supplied by the Recognized Organization (RO) where available, and technical file to be kept on board per IMO regulations.
    • Marine Certification Society type-approval
      • ABS, BV, CCS, DnV, GL, LRS
      • Spray shielding to meet SOLAS regulations for flammable fluids
    • European Certifications
      • Declaration of Incorporation for EU Machinery Safety
      • Directive and EU Low Voltage Safety Directive
    • Air Inlet System
      • Fresh water aftercooler, corrosion resistant coated (air side)
      • Air inlet shutoff
      • Turbochargers (2), front-mounted, oil lubricated
      • 90° adapter and straight adapters for air inlet to turbocharger
      • Air cleaners
      • Air cleaners with Cat dry paper filter elements (approximately 99.9% efficient at filtering SAE fine dust)
    • Control System
      • Dual Cat ADEM A4 electronic engine control module with electronic unit injector fuel system, rigid wiring harness (10 amp 24V power required to drive electronic engine control modules), direct rack control
    • Cooling System
      • Gear-driven jacket water (JW) pump
      • Gear-driven separate-circuit aftercooler/oil cooler (AC/OC) pump
      • Front-mounted water connections: JW and AC/OC, 6" ANSI
      • Jacket Water Thermostat Options:
      • AC/OC Thermostat Options:
      • Expansion Tank Options:
    • Exhaust System
      • Dry, gas tight exhaust manifold
      • Dual turbocharger, front-mounted
      • Dual wastegate; hard shielding - SOLAS compliant
      • Exhaust manifold shields
    • Fuel System
      • Distillate fuel (requires viscosity ranging from 1.4 cSt to 20 cSt at 38°C); fuel pump, gear-driven; fuel transfer pump (mounted on left-hand side); duplex fuel filters, rear-engine-mounted; electronically controlled unit injectors
      • ; crankcase breathers, top-mounted; turbochargers (2), front-mounted, oil lubricated
    • Lube System
      • Centrifugal oil filters and lines with single shutoff - RH mounted on cylinder block inspection covers, serviceable with the engine running
      • Oil pump, gear-driven
      • Oil filler and dipstick - located in base integrated tank
      • Oil pressure regulating valve
      • Duplex oil filter - accessory module mounted
      • Off engine mounted oil cooler - DTO quote required for package connections
      • Base integrated tank - DTO required
      • Electric continuous prelube pump
      • Redundant prelube with continuous electric prelube
      • Intermittent air prelube backup
    • Protection System
      • Flywheel and damper guards
      • Crankcase explosion relief valves
    • Instrumentation
      • Cat Alarm and Protection System Features:
    • Starting System
      • TDI dual air starting motors, LH rear
      • Shutoff valve
      • Two integrated relay valves with built-in screen #40 mesh and solenoid
      • Air pressure sensor, monitored by Cat Alarm and Protection System - requires customer wiring
      • Maximum operating (dynamic) pressure: 10 bar (150 psi)
      • Maximum static pressure: 14 bar (200 psi)
      • 3-inch ANSI flange customer connection; requires customer-provided 3-inch supply air line from receiver or regulator to air starter and flex connection; if regulator is used, Cv of 40 or greater is required
      • Pressure reducing valve
    • Mounting System
      • Design-To-Order (DTO) base
    • General
      • Generator panel
      • Torsional coupling
      • Engine barring device options:

    • Air Inlet System
      • Soot filter
      • Air cleaner support bracket
    • Cooling System
      • Jacket water heater
      • ANSI connection adapters
    • Exhaust System
      • Flexible exhaust fittings
      • Weld flanges
    • Fuel System
      • Manual fuel priming pump
      • Duplex primary fuel strainer
    • Lube System
      • Lube oil heater
    • Protection System
      • Cylinder pressure relief valve
      • Spray shielding
      • Oil mist detector
    • Mounting System
      • Vertically-restrained vibration isolators and weld plates
    • General
      • Accessory module - Front mounted for mounting expansion tank, heat exchanger, instrument panel, annunciator panel, alarm and shutdown contactors, and fuel strainer
      • Engine testing — certified dynamometer test, fuel consumption test, rated speed performance test, overload test, minimum power setting, peak firing pressure test, turbo work certificates, crankshaft work certificates, standard and project-specific witness testing
      • Spare parts kit
      • Engine lifting eyes
    • Literature
      • Project-specific installation drawings
      • Electrical schematics and P&ID drawings

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