Finning Case Study


Broadland Radiators for offshore Cat®  Gensets from Finning UK

Broadland Radiators has supplied UK Cat® dealer Finning a pair of cooling packages for two Cat ® C175 generator sets to be used on a North Sea floating production storage and offloading unit (FPSO).

“Utilising Cat C175 engines, capable of producing more than 3200hp, we have built and tested two A60 custom power solutions for emergency and standby use which are both  Marine Classification Societies (MCS) prime rated,” says Dave Perry, Prime and Solutions Sales Manager, of Finning (UK) Ltd. The company is the sole Cat dealer in the UK & Ireland working with many of the world’s largest engineering oil and gas contractors to provide bespoke power system solutions.

“These generator sets required bespoke cooling packages for operation in the North Sea,” he explains. “We needed to develop a solution to address the engine rating and the limited available space and Broadland Radiators was able to work with us to design products for offshore applications.”

Broadland Radiators was selected to develop a pair of cooling packages due to its flexible approach to design and proven ability to deliver big projects on time, and on budget. Finning has had a long standing relationship with Broadland Radiators who has supplied hundreds of radiators for oil & gas applications globally and is part of the Caterpillar Group of Companies.

The Broadlands team, based in Norwich, UK, worked in partnership with Finning engineers throughout the design, fabrication, assembly and test process in order to meet stringent end customer requirements.

“This is the first cooling package we have developed for the powerful Cat C175 50Hz marine certified generator set, despite having supplied numerous customised radiators for most other Cat engines,” explains Darrell Roper, General Manager of Broadland Radiators.

The C175 is a Cat diesel engine which Finning have combined with an alternator to produce a generator set built to world-class standards, for high efficiency, low fuel consumption and global emissions compliance. The units will be operational in the North Sea and supported by Finning’s support network that can supply parts, service and repair.

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New Ownership for Broadland Radiators

Norwich (UK) firm, Broadland Radiators, which supplies the oil and gas industry with engine radiators, has undergone a management buyout (MBO).


Darrell Roper, now Managing Director of the company, explains “Four members of the management team now own Broadland Radiators following divestment by the previous owners.”

Broadland Radiators designs and manufactures bespoke radiators for all brands of industrial engines.  Its principal market is within the oil and gas sector where engines are used to power well service equipment, such as air compressors, cementing units, generator sets, powerpacks, pumps or cranes.

“We support equipment packagers by building radiators that fit their specific requirements and provide the required level of cooling for the engine and application,” he explains.  “Usually the equipment is used within a hazardous area, so our radiators can easily be used as part of an ATEX certified project to help meet either T3 temperature classes.”

The company has over 50 years of experience and was previously owned by explosion protection specialist Pyroban, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. The company’s units have had global reach and are currently operating in almost all offshore oil regions around the world.

“At our 2,900m2 manufacturing operation we build quality equipment with a highly experienced team.  Having operated under the Caterpillar Production System, we continue to design and build bespoke radiators to strict quality standards, from small 70hp engines right up to large 3,500hp engines,” he says, confirming that it is “business as usual” following the sale.

Broadland Radiators has worked with almost all engine makes and models including MTU, Caterpillar, Volvo, Cummins and more, providing the flexibility of design required both for the oil and gas industry and other applications. The company also has a team of engineers certified for working on offshore production and drilling installations.

The sale completed on the 1st January 2017.  For more information visit