Turkey, Iraq mark first powership into Black Sea
A ceremony was held in Istanbul on Saturday to send away the energy vessel "Karadeniz Powership Dogan Bey", world's first floating power plant built by Turkey's Karadeniz Holding.
Turkish Energy & Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz and Iraqi Electricity Minister Karim Wahid al-Hasan attended the ceremony held to mark the first journey of the 144-MegaWatt powership that will export the electricity it generated to Iraq.
Speaking at the ceremony, Yildiz pointed to the projects developed in Iraq and said, "energy will be the trigger of peace in the region, not wars. This is what this ship will do".
Yildiz said he hoped the powership would contribute to the improvement of prosperity of the Iraqi people, as well as the normalization process in the country.
Commenting on the oil exploration platform brought to Turkey last December, Yildiz said the platform started to operate in the Black Sea province of Sinop and it would drill to a depth of 5,500 meters.
"We have the opportunity to develop such a platform and smaller ones in Turkey. We can do it in cooperation with consultancy and engineering firms," the minister said.
Dogan Karadeniz, member of the executive board of the Karadeniz Holding, said in his part that they had been carrying out several other projects in Asia, Africa and the Middle Eastern countries.
"Currently, we have four ships with a total energy capacity of 675 megawatt. Their value is more than 500 million USD. Three of them were built in Istanbul's Tuzla Shipyard while the fourth one was built in Singapore. We are planning to build three more ships with a capacity of 450 megawatt," he said.
The "Power of Friendship Project" developed and carried out by the Karadeniz Energy Group aims at meeting electricity requirement of countries with energy ships.
Under the project, more than ten countries in the Middle East, northern Africa and southern Asia will be provided with 2010 megawatt of electricity with ten different ships by the end of 2010.