C280-8 Offshore Generator Set

The C280-8 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 C280-8 offshore generator set are main power on-board drilling and production vessels and platforms.Complete package offerings are MCS type-approved and compliant with IMO Tier II emissions standards, making integration of the Cat C280-12 generator set into the vessel a simplified operation.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 C280-8 offshore generator set. Ratings: 2208-2600 ekW (2760-3714 kVA) @ 50/60 Hz (1000/900 rpm). IMO Tier II emissions compliant.

Product Design

• Cat C280 engines incorporate more than 20 years of proven component reliability and durability from 3600 engines

Simplified Packaging Concept

- Offshore drilling package provides single lift handling- Caterpillar warranty for all packaged components- Includes most ancillaries, ready-to-run package- Easy to handle and install, few shipped-loose parts

Custom Packaging

For any petroleum application, trust Caterpillar to meetyour project needs with custom factory generator setsand mechanical packages. Cat engines, generators,controls, radiators, and transmissions can be customdesigned and matched in collaboration with our localdealers to create unique solutions. Custom packagesare globally supported and are covered by a one-yearwarranty after startup.

Full Range of Attachments

Large variety of factory-installed engine attachmentsincreases application flexibility and reduces installationtime.Testing• Every unit is full-load tested to ensure proper packageperformance• Full range of factory tests and reports are availableincluding performance, torsional-vibration analysis, fuelconsumption, engine, and generator special tests


• Every unit is full-load tested to ensure proper packageperformance• Full range of factory tests and reports are availableincluding performance, torsional-vibration analysis, fuelconsumption, engine, and generator special tests

Product Support Offered Through the Global Cat Dealer Network

More than 2,200 dealer outletsCaterpillar factory-trained dealer technicians serviceevery aspect of your Cat engineCaterpillar parts and labor warrantyPreventive maintenance agreements available for repairbefore-failure optionsS•O•SSM program matches your oil and coolant samplesagainst Caterpillar set standards to determine:- Internal engine component condition- Presence of unwanted fluids and combustionby-products- Site-specific oil change interval

Over 80 Years of Engine Manufacturing Experience

• C280 engines incorporate over 20 years of provencomponent reliability and durability from 3600 engines• Large field population in offshore applications providesproven performance, reliability, durability, andestablished worldwide product support network

Web Site

Visit www.catoilandgasinfo.com to learn more.

Improved Fuel Efficiency

- Electronic Unit Injection (EUI) fuel system providesoptimized combustion at any load- Lower specific fuel consumption at part load- Reduced transient smoke and emissions

Standard Equipment

Product Consist
  • The engine is a turbocharged, aftercooled, four-strokecycle-diesel, electronic unit injection engine with a280 mm (11 in) bore by 300 mm (11.8 in) stroke. SAEstandard rotation is counterclockwise as viewed from therear of engine flywheel.
Emissions Certifications
  • GL and CCS approved IMO certificate — includesstatement of compliance or Engine International AirPollution Prevention (EIAPP) certificate, supplied by theRecognized Organization (RO) where available, andtechnical 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 flammablefluids
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 (airside)
  • Air inlet shutoff
  • Turbocharger, rear-mounted, oil lubricated
Control System
  • Single Cat ADEM A3 electronic engine control module withelectronic unit injector fuel system, rigid wiring harness(10 amp 24V power required to drive electronic enginecontrol modules)
Cooling System
  • Gear-driven jacket water (JW) pump
  • Gear-driven separate-circuit aftercooler/oil cooler (AC/OC) pump
  • Engine coolant water drains
Exhaust System
  • Dry, gas tight exhaust manifold
Fuel System
  • Distillate fuel (requires viscosity ranging from 1.4 cStto 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 unitinjectors
Lube system
  • Centrifugal oil filters with single shutoff, service-side enginemounted on cylinder block inspection covers (includesinstalled oil lines and single shutoff valve), filters centrifugebypass oil from the main lubricating oil pump (can be servicedwith the engine running)
  • Oil filler and dipstick
  • Oil pressure regulating valve
  • Dry engine-mounted sump system that gravity feeds intobase assembly integral sump
  • Engine-mounted duplex oil filter
  • Intermittent air prelube
  • Continuous electric prelube
  • Redundant prelube with continuous electric prelube andintermittent air prelube backup
  • Oil pan drain valves
  • Electric continuous prelube pump
  • Lube oil heater
  • Oil pump - gear drive
Protection System
  • Crankcase explosion relief valves
  • Alarm and shutdown during abnormal operation
  • PLC-based system provides protection, monitoring, andcontrol housed in a NEMA 4 (IP66) enclosure.
  • Service Literature

Additional information

Offering Type

Engine Specifications - Minimum Rating

2300.0 ekW ( 3084.0 kV·A )

Engine Specifications - Maximum Rating

2710.0 ekW ( 3634.0 kV·A )

Engine Specifications - Emissions

IMO Tier II/EPA Marine Tier 2

Engine Specifications - Displacement

148.0 l ( 9031.0 in³ )

Engine Specifications - Oil Change Interval

1000.0 h ( 1000.0 h )

Engine Specifications - Weight

49000.0 kg ( 108027.0 lb )

Engine Specifications - Generator Set Control

Generator Monitoring System (GMS)

Engine Specifications - Aspiration


Engine Specifications - Stroke

300.0 mm ( 11.8 in )

Engine Specifications - Engine Control

Electronic ADEM™ A3

Engine Specifications - Fuel System


Engine Specifications - Bore

280.0 mm ( 11.0 in )

Dimensions - Length

8140.0 mm ( 320.5 in )

Dimensions - Height

3406.0 mm ( 134.1 in )

Dimensions - Width

2326.0 mm ( 91.6 in )

Capacity for Liquids - Cooling System - Engine

530.0 l ( 140.0 gal (US) )

Capacity for Liquids - Lube Oil System - Refill

1094.0 l ( 289.0 gal (US) )

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