About Lister Petter Engines
Lister Petter is a British company that manufactures internal combustion engines for industry. It was formed in 1986 from the merger of Petters Limited and R A Lister and Company. At that time the company was part of the Hawker Siddeley group, but today L-P is independent. Its products are small diesel engine market, ranging from single-cylinder water-cooled engines of 2.7 horsepower (the ‘Zeta’ series) up to the 64 horsepower (48 kW) ‘Delta’ engine. One higher-power engine of up to 335 horsepower (250 kW), the ‘Omega’ is also produced under licence. The engine designs range from more recent design high-speed turbodiesels (such as the ‘Gamma’ or ‘Omega’ engines) to traditional single-cylinder medium-speed types such as the ‘A-Series’ and ‘Phi’ types.
Lister Petter engines are generally used in stationary industrial applications such as pumping and electricity generation. The company produces a range of complete generator sets, units equipped for welding and in-house pumping sets, as well as supplying engines to other equipment manufacturers. L-P engines are widely exported, especially for use in irrigation projects. The company also maintains a long tradition (of both its founder companies) in supplying engines for marine applications both as prime mover engines for small vessels and as auxiliary power units in larger ones.
Lister Petter’s main product, the ‘Alpha’ series of sub-2-litre engines, is also available in spark ignition forms for running on natural gas or propane. L-P also manufactures and sells bio-diesel plants, allowing customers to produce their own fuel for diesel engines.