Turkish energy company Karpower International has reportedly signed a two-year “power rental agreement” with The Gambia.
Karpower, owner of the Karpowership fleet of floating temporary power plants, will start providing the country with 30MW of additional power from next month, according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.
Mehmet Katmer, the Turkish company's coordinator who signed the agreement, told the agency one of its temporary power plant ships would be moored off The Gambia and ready to start operations by early March.
According to Anadolu, the power rental deal is designed to ease pressure on the grid while the national power utility repairs and refurbishes existing electricity generating equipment.
Karpower said power from its vessels (one of which, the Fatmagül Sultan, is pictured) is fed directly into the transmission network from an on-board high voltage substation.
“Powerships are designed and built utilising the latest dual fuel engine technology, operating in combined cycle mode to maximise efficiency,” Karpower said. “Fuel flexibility through low sulfur HFO, natural gas or LNG ensures the lowest cost of delivered power with no capital outlay.”