Engine Starting

  • Wintershall, a wholly owned subsidiary of BASF, has been operating in the North Sea since 1965 and today operates a total of 26 platforms, 25 of them in Dutch territorial waters and one in German territorial waters. The company commissioned Pon Power, the Caterpillar dealer in Scandinavia to supply emergency generators for…

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  • IPU were contracted to supply the emergency starting system on the fire pump replacement for the mature Torpille Field offshore Gabon. The starting system was designed to as an emergency back up on the CAT C15 engine. As the platform has a constant air supply, the recharging of the start accumulator is achieved with both a…

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  • Petronas (a Malaysian oil and gas company) are looking to enhance oil recovery in Malaysia, according to Exxon Mobil Corp. The Tapis field, off the coast of Terengganu, will be the main oil field off the coast of Malaysia. This latest contract includes commitments to implement an enhanced oil recovery project at the Tapis field…

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  • IPU has supplied a hydraulic start system for the emergency generator onboard the British Gas Hibiscus development. Located in 500 ft of water, the field is approximately 45km off the North coast of Trinidad. The start system was designed to provide extended cranking cycles, critical for the starting of gas engines; that is an…

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  • IPU were awarded the contract to start an emergency generator on the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessel, The Kamelia. The engine was a Cummins S3.8 which had no second start pocket. This had to be designed and manufactured by the client. The engine was a Cummins S3.8 which had no second start pocket. This had…

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  • The IPU Starting Service team recently visited the BP Chirag platform that is being built in Baku, Azerbaijan. The undertaking was to commission and test the starting unit attached to the emergency generator, which had not long been installed. The platform itself, is due to be commissioned in the Caspian Sea in the summer of…

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  • The IPU Starting Service team visited the Clyde platform in the North Sea to service three hydraulic starting systems, which would be used to power the platforms fire pumps in an emergency situation. To test and service a unit for working order, our engineers have to perform many tasks together with oil and filter changes,…

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  • IPU designed and manufactured the backup hydraulic starting system for a diesel engine driven emergency fire pump. To start the 9 litre Cummins engine, the system was designed to comply with NFPA20 regulations; providing a starting capacity of six start attempts, 15 seconds each.The accumulators supplied can be recharged…

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  • For the Cheviot Semi-Submersible Production Platform in the North Sea, the operators, ATP Oil and Gas, required a hydraulic back up starting system to the intent of NFPA20 for a Caterpillar 3516 diesel engine driven fire water pump. The starting system had to comply with the Mustang Engineering specifications, NFPA20 standards…

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  • American Commercial Barge Line use diesel engines on their barges to power vertical lift pumps. The reliability of this equipment is key as it is used to load and unload cargo. If a workboat’s loading equipment fails at the dockside they receive an immediate $10,000 fine. If that failure is prolonged it can also result in…

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  • IPU Starting Division prides itself on working closely with clients to understand their needs and delivering the start system required. This is proven by the strong working relationship the team have built with Warren CAT in the US. IPU have delivered multiple hydraulic systems to fit the specific starting requirements…

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  • Bassein Platform A (BPA) produces natural gas from the Bassein Field 80km offshore north-west of Mumbai. Its emergency systems include a containerised fire pump powered by two CAT 3508 engines. Starting systems were part of the emergency systems specification on the new platform hook-up. The challenges of a containerised fire…

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    Hydraulic Starting for Containerised Fire Pump
  • IPU have supplied six complete air start systems for the Pearl GTL project in Qatar.

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  • Two CAT 3608 emergency generator sets located on a jetty required separate compressed air secondary starting systems.

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  • Environmental operating conditions with extreme temperature ranges of –36°C to +35°C were a major consideration in the selection of appropriate materials and components.

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  • The hydraulic start system was designed for primary starting of a CAT 3516HD emergency power generator located on an offshore platform.

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  • This hydraulic solution was designed as a secondary start unit for a CAT 3512 engine installed at the Russian mainland export terminal.

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  • After a recent visit to a North Sea offshore platform, IPU engineers discovered a critical situation.

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  • IPU were awarded all starting systems for both the fire pumps and generator set.

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  • The hydraulic starting system was designed for a generator being used as a multi-role generator for emergency, essential services and blackstart operation with a prime function to start a 1000Kw fire pump motor.

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  • IPU were awarded the starting systems for both generator sets on the platform, this was a huge and important task.

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  • Ice Challenger ‘Snowbird 6’, was an amphibious vehicle designed and built by Steve Brooks with the aim of setting a new world record by crossing them frozen wastes of the Bering Strait. The vehicle was powered by a 6-cylinder diesel engine, which incorporated an IPU hydraulic starting system. IPU Starting designed the…

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  • Hydraulic Start Packages – Land Based Fire Pump IPU supplied two hydraulic starting systems for a fire pump packager based in the Middle East. The start systems were sized to provide a minimum of 45 seconds cranking capacity from three 50 litre accumulators. The sets were deigned to fit inside an IP rated cabinet; this was…

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  • The IPU Group Engine Starting Service team were called out to provide training and commissioning duties on a mobile landing platform vessel in a US Naval ship yard, San Diego, California. The application in question was a primary hydraulic start system, attached to an emergency diesel generator. The process of commissioning…

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  • Underground mines contain high levels of methane gas, which can cause potentially lethal explosions. It is this safety factor which governs the need for non-sparking air and hydraulic starting systems to be used in mines. IPU have a range of Hydraulic Start Systems suitable for a wide variety of engines including: Caterpillar,…

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  • Hydraulic Start Packages – FPSO The hydraulic start system was designed to provide three times 10 seconds cranking capacity for the Cummins KTA50 engine on an Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) facility. Full DNV classification and design approval is required for marine applications. The start system was…

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  • Hydraulic Start Packages – BP Chirag British Petroleum (BP) needed a Hydraulic Starting System for the Chirag Oil Project (COP), this is an offshore development located in the Azerbaijan sector of the Caspian Sea, approximately 120 km southeast of Baku. IPU were awarded all starting system designs and manufacturing for the…

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  • IPU supplied the standby emergency start systems for the fire pumps on Exxon-Mobil Jerneh-A production platform in the South China Sea, offshore Kemaman, Malaysia. The Jernah A first began production in 1991 and this is the latest upgrade for the platform. The systems were designed to replace the existing sets and to provide…

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