Turkey’s Karpowership hoping to place three floating power plants near Odesa
One of 36 floating power plants operated by Karpowership (Photo:Nikkei Asia)
Turkish company Karpowership, which owns a fleet of floating power plants, is negotiating to send three such vessels to the southern Ukrainian port city of Odesa, financial news outlet Nikkei Asia reported on Nov. 29.
"We’re discussing with the Odesa governorate and Ukraine's electricity utility Ukrenergo to put three powerships close to Odesa with a total output of 300 megawatts," said Zeynep Haresi, a member of the Karpowership's board of directors for commercial operations.
According to Nikkei Asia, the ships would be able to generate enough electricity to provide power to 1 million homes.
Harezi noted that the vessels could be used only if security conditions are met. She suggested that the deal may require UN support, citing the grain deal brokered by Turkey as an example.
"Depending on need and approvals, we could do it within this year," Harezi stated.
"The ships are ready and commissioned. We can deploy them in as little as three weeks.”
Ukraine’s electricity transmission system operator Ukrenergo is yet to comment on the situation, but a Ukrainian source familiar with the talks said that commercial negotiations are underway.
Karpowership is the flagship company of Turkey’s Karadeniz Holding. The firm has a fleet of 36 “powerships” running on fuel oil or natural gas. Connection to local power grids takes less than a month. Such vessels are mainly intended for countries with underdeveloped infrastructure, and are also used in emergencies.
Earlier, Russian media reported that Russian LNG producer Novatek had asked Karpowership to supply electricity for the Arctic LNG 2 project. According to Kharezi, the company has indeed received such an offer, but is not negotiating with the Russian side.
"As corporate policy, we are determined to observe international sanctions," she said.
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