Turkey' floating power supply company, Karpowership extends its West African reach by signing a 120 megawatts (MW) LNG to power contract with Senegal’ National Electricity Authority (SENELEC), said the company today (10/16) - Photo by the Company

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Turkey’ floating power supply company, Karpowership extends its West African reach by signing a 120 megawatts (MW) LNG to power contract with Senegal’ National Electricity Authority (SENELEC), said the company today (10/16). No further details on the value of the contract.

In Indonesia, the company joined with state-owned power producer, PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) operates the floating power supply. The country is Karpowership’ first project in South East Asia.

The operator has been awarded a tender by PLN to supply electricity in five different islands across the Archipelago for five years since 2015. The first power ship with capacity 120 MW started operations in January 2016.

Currently 960 MW deployed for Indonesia, with built-in reserve capacity to serve the excess generation needs of fluctuating island grids. The largest power ship in Medan, North Sumatera with 470 MW capacity, said the company.

The floating power plant project was conceived during Sofyan Basyir’ leadership, included in the PLN Electricity Supply Business Plan for the 2015 – 2024 period. The power ships will be used to meet electricity needs in Ambon in North Maluku, Kupang in East Nusa Tenggara, Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara, North Sulawesi and North Sumatra.

President Joko Widodo himself inaugurated the operation of a floating power plant in East Nusa Tenggara in December 2016. In addition, Adi Radja, the Indonesian Karpowership representative, won the project.

SENELEC requiring Karpowership to provide 120 MW capacity for 5.5 years, said the company. The powership started commercial operation in the capital city, Port Dakar, on Oct. 6, with the mission of providing affordable electricity to the good people of Senegal while creating additional savings in the economy.

Operation began with HFO for the first six months and will switch to LNG for the following 5 years. Its becoming the first LNG to Powership project in Africa, with the highest capacity to date.

Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan, with its 235 MW installed capacity, has the ability to meet the increased demand of Senegal’s growing economy, provide a significant contribution to the country’s electricity supply and create employment opportunities via economic and reliable electricity to various industries.

The electricity generated by the Powership will not only be an infrastructure upgrade for Senegal’ energy operations and reduce the average cost of electricity in the country, it will also create the opportunity for electricity export to the neighboring countries, thereby establishing Senegal as a strategic energy hub.

Karpowership owns and operates its own LNG fleet. Its operational in Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia, Senegal and the Caribbean.

by Linda Silaen, Email: linda.silaen@theinsiderstories.com