C280-16 Generator Set (Medium Speed)

C280-16 (60 HZ) 3350-5320 kW Diesel Generator models consume less fuel, translating to responsible power and operating cost savings for customers.



Producing reliable power from 3350 to 5320 ekW at 60 Hz, our C280-16 diesel generator sets are made to meet your mission critical, continuous, standby and prime applications. We've designed each to ISO 8528-5 transient response requirements and to accept 100% rated load in one step. The generator set is certified for low fuel consumption.Caterpillar is leading the power generation marketplace with Power Solutions engineered to deliver unmatched flexibility, expandability, reliability, and cost-effectiveness.Electric Power

Cat Diesel Engine

  • Reliable, rugged, durable design
  • Field-proven in thousands of applications worldwide
  • Four-stroke-cycle diesel engine combines consistent performance and excellent fuel economy with minimum weight


  • Matched to the performance and output characteristics of Cat engines
  • Industry leading mechanical and electrical design
  • Industry leading motor starting capabilities
  • High Efficiency

World Wide Product Support

  • Cat dealers provide extensive post-sale support including maintenance and repair agreements.
  • Cat dealers have over 1,800 dealer branch stores operating in 200 countries. The Caterpillar S•O•S℠ program cost effectively detects internal engine component condition, even the presence of unwanted fluids and combustion by-products

Full Range of Attachments

  • Wide range of bolt-on system expansion attachments, factory designed and tested Flexible packaging options for easy and cost effective installation

  • Standard Equipment
  • Optional Equipment
  • Specs
  • Docs

Standard Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Air inlet shutoff
    • Turbocharger, watercooled, engine oil lubricated
    • Breather, crankcase, top-mounted
    • Aftercooler, fresh water, corrosion resistant coated (air side)
    • Air cleaner
  • Cooling System
    • Three-bundle oil cooler
    • Jacket water thermostats
    • Front Mounted turbos
    • Engine coolant water drains
    • Water temperature regulator
  • Exhaust System
    • Dry, gas tight, exhaust manifold
    • 457 mm (18 in) Cat bolt pattern
    • Includes adapter, flexible exhaust fitting
  • Fuel System
    • Simplex or duplex
  • Generator System
    • Custom generator per generator data sheet completed by dealer
  • Governor System
    • UG Actuator
  • Lube System
    • Wet oil sump. Includes engine-driven main lubrication and oil pumps, oil lines and oil pan
    • Centrifugal oil filters with single shutoff
    • Oil filler and dipstick
    • Service Side Engine mounted on Cylinder Block Inspection Covers
    • Crankcase explosion relief valves
    • Oil pressure regulating valve
  • Mounting System
    • Damper, torsional vibration
    • Engine and generator mounting
  • Starting / Charging System
    • Line group for single point custom connection
    • Two Motors, engine mounted at rear, on left side
    • Vane type air starter
    • Air silencer
  • General:
    • Gear driven pumps: Fuel/oil/jacket water/Aftercooler/Oil cooler water
    • Paint, Caterpillar yellow

Optional Equipment

  • Air Inlet System
    • Air inlet adapter
    • Vertical support bracket
    • Air cleaner louver assembly
    • Boost control valve
    • Soot filter
    • Heavy duty air cleaner
  • Cooling System
    • Auxiliary water pump
    • Heat exchanger for single circuit
    • Expansion tank
    • Cooling system aids
    • Heating aids
  • Exhaust System
    • Flexible exhaust Fittings
    • Weld flange and related hardware
  • Fuel System
    • Duplex primary fuel strainer
    • Fuel system connections
    • Fuel priming pump
  • Generator System
    • Winding temperature detectors
    • Anti-condensation space heaters
    • 3 Phase, Six Leads, WYE
    • Class F insulation
    • Busbar connections
  • Governor System
    • Electronic/actuators
    • EGB actuator
    • Digital programmers
    • Battery backup/power supply
    • 230 UA
    • 723 Plus
  • Lube System
    • Oil pan drain valve
    • Lube ANSI Adapter (Emergency connection)
  • Mounting System
    • Spring type vibration isolators
    • Vertically Restrained
    • Non-vertically Restrained
    • Isolator
  • Starting / Charging System
    • Compressed air flex hose
    • Turbine type air starters
    • Pressure reducing valve
    • Redundant air starters
  • General:
    • Custom paint colors



Long Name:
C280-16 Generator Set (Medium Speed)

Generator Set Specifications

Maximum Rating
5320 ekW
Minimum Rating
3350 ekW
Emissions/Fuel Strategy
IMO - Tier 2
60 Hz
720 & 900 rpm
Duty Cycle
Prime, Continuous

Engine Specifications

Engine Model
3616 V-16,4-Stroke Water-Cooled Diesel
11 in / 280 mm
11.8 in / 300 mm
18032 in³ / 296 l
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
Direct unit injection
Governor Type
Generator Set Monitoring System (GMS)

Generator Set Dimensions

Length - Maximum
404 in / 10261.7 mm
Width - Maximum
99.62 in / 2530.3 mm
Height - Maximum
156.6 in / 3977.7 mm
Dry Weight - Genset (maximum)
141840 lb / 64470 kg