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Turkish powership to produce 1st LNG power in Africa

Turkish powership to produce 1st LNG power in Africa
Aysegul Sultan powership with 235 MW capacity will produce electricity from LNG for Senegal to meet 15% of country's needs: Co. head

Turkey's Karpowership company, the designer and builder of the world's first floating power plants, is preparing to meet Senegal's 15% electricity needs from liquefied natural gas (LNG) with 235 megawatts Aysegul Sultan powership, which started its voyage from Turkey to Senegal on Sunday, the company's chief commercial officer recently announced.

The powership will sail to Senegal's capital Dakar over the next 20 days.

As part of the commissioning process, the Aysegul Sultan powership will become operational by the beginning of the October and will meet 15% of Senegal's electricity needs, chief commercial officer Zeynep Harezi told reporters during a visit to the Karmarine Shipyard located in Yalova, a province in Turkey's Marmara Region.

Harezi announced that the powership would be the first project in Africa to produce electricity from LNG, with an installed capacity of 235 megawatts.

"We will use fuel oil in the first six months of our operation as a bridging fuel but will convert to LNG at the end of this process and continue to generate 15% of Senegal's electricity over the next five years in line with our contract with the country," she explained.

In addition to the Senegal project, Harezi said the company started to convert its powership fleet from liquid fuels to natural gas.

"We completed the conversion process for the world's biggest powership with 480 megawatts in Indonesia and also started the conversion process for the 480-megawatt powership in Ghana," she said.

Karpowership currently has 22 operational ships across the world, including Indonesia, Ghana, Zambia, Gambia, Sierre Lone, Gine Bissau, Sudan, Cuba, Mozambique.

The company also sent powerships to Iraq and Lebanon in 2010 and 2013, respectively. 

With an investment of more than $5 billion, the installed capacity of the fleet totals 3,500 megawatts.

"We light 34 million people all over the world with powerships designed and produced by Turkish engineers in Turkey," Harezi noted.

She added the company would continue to invest in powerships to meet the needs of various countries.

"We currently have 2,000 megawatts under construction while 3,000 megawatts are in design or are planned. Thus, we will increase our capacity to 5,000 megawatts with 20 more powerships in five years time," she said.

She added that an agreement was signed at the end of August between Japanese Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL), the biggest floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) operator in Asia, and Karpowership. The agreement will see both companies establish the KARMOL company, with each company holding a 50% share interest, to develop a powership and an FSRU.

Karpowership is an Istanbul-based company, and a subsidiary of the Karadeniz Energy Group. The group started its energy investments in 1996, and is Turkey's first private electricity exporter.

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