A unit of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) has announced an order for more than 70 engines manufactured in Lafayette. Caterpillar Oil & Gas says the deal is with MarkWest Energy Partners L.P. to support natural gas gathering in the northeast U.S. April 2, 2014

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HOUSTON – Caterpillar Oil & Gas is pleased to announce MarkWest Energy Partners L.P. has ordered over seventy Cat® G3600 engines, the company’s flagship series for gas compression applications. A combination of G3608 engines rated at 2370 hp and G3612 engines rated at 3550 hp will be used to support natural gas gathering operations across the Utica Shale and Marcellus Shale formations. Initial shipments of the gas compression package systems are scheduled to begin in early 2014 with deliveries scheduled throughout the year. AG Equipment, based in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has been awarded a contract for initial packaging of this equipment. AG Equipment along with Cat dealer Warren Cat led Caterpillar’s efforts on the sale. Cat dealers Cleveland Brothers and Ohio Cat are coordinating after sale support services.

“We are pleased to work with Caterpillar Oil & Gas to expand our gathering and compression footprint in the Northeast”

“This order is a significant achievement for Caterpillar in the gas compression industry,” Dave Dunlevy, Caterpillar Oil & Gas general manager stated. “It is one of our largest orders of G3600 engines for gas compression and we are appreciative of MarkWest for their continued support of our industry-leading power solutions and unparalleled service provided by the Cat dealer network.”

“We are pleased to work with Caterpillar Oil & Gas to expand our gathering and compression footprint in the Northeast,” stated Frank Semple, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer at MarkWest. “The installment of quality Caterpillar technology will be critical to support the continued development of producers’ rich-gas acreage in the heart of two of America's most prolific shale plays.”

Manufactured in Lafayette, Indiana, Cat G3600 engines for gas compression have logged 140 million operating hours around the world. Built using the proven Cat diesel platform, the gas-fueled G3600 units stand up to the most demanding natural gas applications, delivering 1775 to 4735 hp, with virtually no unscheduled downtime. In addition to the proven power ratings, the G3600 engine’s efficiency and technology result in longer overhaul intervals and reduced maintenance.

Source: Caterpillar Inc.

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