Perkins launches 1500 Series engine in Middle East

Perkins has chosen Middle East Electricity 2015 as a platform to launch its 1500 Series, the engine range that will replace its 1300 and 1600 families

The 1500 Series engines will replace Perkins 1300 and 1600 families.
The 1500 Series engines will replace Perkins 1300 and 1600 families.

Perkins has debuted its 1500 Series engine at Middle East Electricity 2015 in Dubai, UAE.

The six-cylinder, air-to-air, turbocharged diesel unit meets key power nodes from 200kVA to 330kVA in prime and standby ratings, and can be switched between 50Hz and 60Hz, making it suitable for all GCC countries.

The 1506A-E88TAG model, which is currently on show at Dubai World Trade Centre, has been fitted with a tropical radiator to facilitate operation in high ambient temperatures.

“The 1500 Series is Perkins’ new nine-litre range of engines; [the 1506A-E88TAG] is actually an 8.8-litre model,” explained Simon Gray, electric power marketing manager at the engine manufacturer.

“This model offers support within the range of 200kVA to 375kVA. It’s a great new product and it delivers good power density from its core. It also brings improved fuel economy, improved ambient clearance – improved all-round performance for the whole engine. We’ve created a high-quality engine that fits nicely within the mid-section of our range,” he told PMV.

The 1500 Series engines will replace Perkins’ 1300 and 1600 families. The manufacturer claims that its latest models deliver improved load acceptance and fuel consumption benefits of up to 7%, cycle weighted. The 1500 Series also offers improved altitude and ambient capabilities of up to 8%, in comparison to its predecessors.

The Perkins 1500 Series engines have been designed with specific sectors in mind. For example, the models can be used to provide backup power for health facilities, or prime power for factory machines.

In reference to the 1506A-E88TAG on display at Middle East Electricity 2015, Gray said: “This is brand new. It’s in production, but this is the first time we’ve ever showed it at any show globally. Several of our customers have been using prototype engines, and we’ve received excellent feedback. The performance of the 1500 Series units actually seems to be surpassing our own claims.

Allam Marine, a customer of Perkins, has a stand next door to the engine manufacturer at the Dubai show. This means that in addition to seeing the 1506A-E88TAG in its raw format, visitors can also take a look at the engine as part of an actual application – the Tempest PS300.

“What Allam Marine does that is different to most manufacturers, is that we supply the industry,” explained Paul Thorpe, sales manager at the UK-headquartered firm.

“The PS300 is powered by the Perkins 1506A-E88TAG and features an effective cooling system. It’s ideally suited to operations in this region,” he concluded.

Middle East Electricity 2015 is currently taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre.


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