Friday, 10 April 2015

What is Karadeniz Powership?

April 10, 2015.
A Powership is an exceptional marine vessel – a floating power house resource, with an electrical generating station installed on it. In 2009, the Karadeniz Powership – an auxiliary branch of the Turkey based Karadeniz Energy Group, took the initiative of designing and developing its own “Power ships” to accomplish the mission of establishing the world’s first Powership fleet.
To begin with, 4 bulk-carrier converted Powerships, namely – Doğan Bey, Rauf Bey, Kaya Bey and Ali Can Bey were all set sail as a part of the global expansion strategy that worth more than billions of dollars. In 2010 – 2011, these ships commenced their duties in Iraq and Pakistan to have the population meet the power needs there. A fifth ship, Irem Sultan joined the pack in 2012, followed by Fatmagül Sultan in 2013.

What are the benefits of Power Ships?

The proposed, designed and developed Karadeniz Powerships are expected to fulfill the urgent electricity requirements across the countries of the Middle East, Asia and Africa. The current fleet has the capacity of producing more than 750 MW of electricity and with the additional ships scheduled for completion soon; the total fleet capacity is anticipated to surpass 2,000 MW. The operation area of these power ships will be mapped across 15 countries, mostly in the Middle East and South Asia and in North Africa as well.
Powerships are no ordinary vessels but are built using special technology. They can be operated both on liquid fuels (HFO/RFO) and natural gas with an option of duel fuel. Even at various high voltage levels, these Powerships can provide uninterrupted electricity as per the requirements of the involving countries.

Karadeniz Powerships are delivered to the client countries as a fully operational floating power plant, following a rental contract or a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Their capacities vary from 45-500 MW and the delivery time takes around 60-180 days to supply medium-term solutions through contracts of 2-5 years. Karadeniz Energy Group will be in full charge of their powerships’ operation and maintenance during the contract period.

Following the shutting down of numerous nuclear reactors with forged or un-certified parts, all over the world, the Karadeniz powerships can become the most eligible successor to tackle power shortages.

Powerships Iraq

Karadeniz Powership Doğan Bey is considered to be one of the first power ships of the company’s Powership fleet. Since May of the year of 2010, the Karadeniz Powership Doğan Bey has been occupied with producing around 144 MW worth of electric capacity for a region known as Basra, situated in the Republic of Iraq. According to records, the Karadeniz Powership Rauf Bey had been included in this project within three months of its commencement. The Karadeniz Powership Rauf Bey is declared as the second Powership of the fleet. The Karadeniz Powership Rauf Bey has helped the project to generate an additional count of 200 MW.

The third power ship, the Karadeniz Powership Irem Sultan joined the Basra project towards the end of the year of 2011 with a generous contribution of 110 MW worth of electricity production. In fact the active collaboration of the three Powerships has led to an incredible total of 450 MW and even more. The installed electric capacity in the Basra region is also connected to three locations with the help of substations that run on high voltage.

Even unfavorable and rough weather like sudden sand storms, sweltering heat or could not disrupt the continuous generation of electric power and has functioned as a base load production. This has been of great significance to the Basra region and has displayed commendable work ethics. It has also aided the national grid of electricity with its uninterrupted donations of electric power. This project is of huge importance to the reputation of the company as Basra serves as the gateway of Iraq and connects it with the world. Thus, energizing Basra and providing it with electricity has been useful to the Iraq government, for the overall progress of the nation.
Powerships Pakistan

Two ships from the Powership fleet, namely the Kaya Bey and the Ali Can Bey had been employed to generate a huge amount of electric energy to provide for the five million Pakistani citizens, every single year. The Karadeniz Powership Kaya Bey is declared to be the biggest Powership in the whole world and is endowed with excellent machinery and energy sustenance. In a joint collaboration with the Karadeniz Powership Ali Can Bey, the production of electricity was expected to rise up to an incredible count of around 330 MW and it was much more of energy generated by any power plant, based on the land.

These two Karadeniz Powerships acting in Pakistan are considered to be the biggest investment by Turkey and they display fine examples of topnotch engineering. The Karadeniz Powerships in Pakistan, were positioned almost 300 meters from the main shore and were placed adjacent to each other. Thus, they were completely cut off from the land and acted as one mighty, independent power island. The Powerships were connected to the land using only high voltage lines for transmission and they had the required fuel delivered to them by few special tankers.

However, the early anticipation by the Karadeniz Energy Group and the Pakistan Federal Ministry for Water and Power has grown into violation of contract as the two Powerships have arguably failed to meet the target capacity of electricity production, since their operational commencement in 2011. The breach of terms has led to the end of contract and seizure of Kaya Bey and Ali Can Bey. If a settlement deal does not work out with the National Accountability Bureau, the Karadeniz Group would be suing Pakistan at a US arbitration court, to compensate for their loss and the release of the two Powerships, which now reside in the government’s custody.

Source: http://www.marineinsight.com

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