A contract has been signed with Karadeniz Energy Group (Karpowership) from Turkey by Alstom SA to supply transformers for the Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan (KPS12) power plant. At 486 MW, it will be the world’s largest floating power plant. The delivery is planned to be completed in early 2016. Powerships are converted from bulk carriers, heavy lift vessels and barges.
Alstom will design, manufacture and deliver 200 MVA power transformers, inclusive of commissioning, field tests and respective spare parts, the press release said. The equipment will be produced in Alstom Grid’s manufacturing site in Gebze, Turkey. „The ability to help countries meet short-term energy demand quickly and in a cost efficient manner is an important step to providing more people access to sustainable and reliable electricity”, said Tunç Tezel, Alstom Grid’s commercial director for power transformers.
Karadeniz is designing and producing powerships since 2007. In 2010, the group established the first fleet in the world, the statement said. Constructed on-board large vessels, these floating power plants supply electricity to the countries within the scope of the commercial agreements signed under the Power of Friendship project. Deployed quickly to countries in need, powerships are able to connect into the electricity grid immediately upon berthing, Alstom said. The group continues to expand its fleet of Powerships, and it targets to increase the installed power, from 1500 MW with 9 energy ships, to over 5000 MW by the end of 2017.