Houston, Texas (May 4, 2009) -
Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) launched the QSK60 offshore-drilling power module at the 2009 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, demonstrating Cummins continued dedication and commitment to the oil and gas market.
Cummins QSK60 offshore-drilling power module is rated at 1855 hp (1383 kW) at 1200 rpm with a 10 percent overload capability and is integrated with a Cummins-manufactured AvK DSG99 alternator at 2150 kVa and 690 volts. Cummins leverages the recognized success of its V16 KV Series product with a track record of 9,000 QSK60 engines. Specifically designed, built and tested for offshore oil and gas drilling applications, this product is ideal for the durability, reliability and power density requirements of high-hour and hard-duty cycle applications such as drilling power modules with no major midlife top-end overhaul requirement.
The Cummins Modular Common Rail (MCR) fuel system enables full-authority electronic control over fuel timing, quantity, pressure and delivery rate shape. Precision control over the number of injection events enables optimum performance, fuel economy, smooth power delivery, better idle stability, and dramatically reduced engine noise, as well as providing the capability for an in-cylinder Tier 2 emissions solution. Cummins optimized the MCR fuel system for load requirements in drilling applications, allowing the power module to achieve a 4 percent to 9 percent fuel economy advantage over competitive Tier 1 and Tier 2 products of similar speeds and ratings. The MCR fuel system also gives the QSK60 power module a fine-tuned fuel calibration to meet all marine regulations, including EPA Marine Tier 2, IMO Tier 1 and EC Directive Regulations.
“The launch of our new QSK60 power module is another example of Cummins commitment to the oil and gas industry. In fact this product is just one of 25 platforms that Cummins has launched for the oil and gas market in the last three years. We’ve listened to our customers and provided the market with the QSK60 power module that has several advantages. Throughout the design and testing for the drilling market, Cummins ensured that we have the highest reliability and lowest cost of operation with a 4 percent to 9 percent fuel economy benefit versus similar competitor packages,” said Erik Drewry – Director HHP Oil and Gas.
Cummins designed this product for the lowest installation cost for repowers by using customer interfaces similar to competitor packages for quick installation in rigs that allow for the easiest accessibility. The QSK60 is also designed with common mounting arrangements for drilling applications.
The Cummins QSK60 power module offers an electronic information system with a C-Command Elite and Elite Plus panel designed to protect and enhance engine performance and manage cost. The electronic information system and special panels provide customers rugged controls that are able to stand up to marine environments and use flexible presentations of engine parameters, multilingual touch screens with full-color text and graphics, and remote panel options to simultaneously monitor up to eight engines. For customers interested in using their own controls, the engine can accept speed signals in 0-10 VDC, 0-200 mA, or MODBUS protocols as well.
“Cummins is uniquely positioned to provide a total solution to our drilling customers as a single-source supplier. The QSK60 power module is developed with Cummins-manufactured engines, alternators, turbochargers and filtration components. Cummins also remains focused on providing technology, platforms, and customer support to the oil and gas market that are the best in the industry,” said Jim Trueblood, Vice President of Cummins High-Horsepower Engineering.
Cummins Advanced Engine Monitoring (AEM) system provides a high level of visibility into the engine’s performance with extended data logging capturing beneficial information on fuel consumption, duty cycle and load factor, operational trends, fault snapshots and shutdown information.
The ELIMINATOR™ system on the QSK60 reduces lube system maintenance costs by up to 90 percent while increasing uptime by allowing up to 1,000 hours between filter changes. On top of this feature, the optional CENTINEL™ lube system can extend this interval to an industry-leading 4,000 hours for greater uptime.
More details and product brochures are available at www.CumminsOilandGas.com
Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $755 million on sales of $14.3 billion in 2008. Press releases can be found on the Web at cummins.com or everytime.cummins.com.