Visiting members of the Diplomatic Corps in Sierra Leone to the Karpowership
The International Community in Sierra Leone on Thursday 30th January 2020 took a conducted tour of the Karadeniz Dogan Bey Powership to get first-hand information about the ship and its operations. Welcoming the diplomats on board, the Project Manager of Karadeniz Holding Dogucan Bayraktar informed that Karpowership was a member of Karadeniz Energy Group of Istanbul, Turkey. He said Karadeniz group has been a pioneer in innovative energy projects for the last 20 years, with investments in domestic and international markets.
Mr Bayraktar added that Karadeniz group started investment in the energy sector in 1996, and became the first private electricity exporter in Turkey. Today, the group owns and operates more than 3,800 MW installed capacity globally. “Karpowership is the only owner, operator and builder of the first Powership (floating power plant) fleet in the world. Since 2010, 22 Powerships have been completed with total installed capacity exceeding 3,500 MW. Additional 5,000 MW of Powerships are either under construction or in the pipeline,” he stated.
Visiting members of the Diplomatic Corps in Sierra Leone inside Karpowership
The Project Manager explicated on the architectural aspect of the vessel, starting from its design to energy production. According to him, through to the delivery stage of electricity, Karpowership fully executes all activities in-house, including but not limited to construction, site preparation, commissioning, and fuel supply.
“Utilizing the highest level of technology, Karpowership fast-tracks high-efficiency delivery and all integrated “plug&play” project execution. Via these capabilities, Karpowership is able to successfully undertake a variety of commercial structures such as short term IPPs (Independent Power Producer), long-term IPPs, PPAs (power purchase agreements), and rental contracts with its Powership fleet,” he explained to the visiting team.
He further updated the diplomats on the investment of Karpowership in power supply in Africa and other developing countries in Asia and Europe. In total, he said Karpowerships have been supplying 60% of electricity to the Gambia, 26% to Ghana, 100% to Guinea Bissau, 10% to Mozambique, 80% to Sierra Leone, 10% to Sudan, 25% to Lebanon,10% to Cuba, 30% to North Sulawesi, Indonesia, 55% to East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, 80% to Ambon, Indonesia, 10% to Medan, Indonesia, and 16% to Zambia and 30% of Southern Iraq’s total electricity generation.
Karadeniz Holding Project Manager briefing Diplomats
“As of today, Karpowership has more than 2,500 direct employees from 15 different nationalities, creates employment for additional 10,000 co-workers for the construction of the Power ships and is expanding through renewables, Powerships and other innovative energy supply solutions,” he indicated.
Emre Durmusoglu, Karpowership West Africa Regional Director informed the visiting diplomats that they started in Ghana in 2015 and said to date they were operating in eight African countries, namely: Guinea, Sudan, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Ghana, Mozambique and Sierra Leone.
At the global level, the Director informed that they are also operating in Indonesia, Lebanon, Cuba and Turkey.
“In Sierra Leone, our contract is expected to end in June 2020, but we hope to go beyond that timeline because we have good relations with the Ministry of Energy, Electricity Distribution and Supply Agency ( EDSA) and all stakeholders involved in the electricity business,” Mr Durmusoglu briefed them. He said to achieve this, they have two power ships operational with commitment to maintain the good relationship with the people of Sierra Leone who he said would like to continue getting their service for a long period to come.
The Regional Director concluded by assuring the people of Sierra Leone of reliable and efficient service delivery. He said Karpowership hoped to enter into new negotiation to continue the good work in providing electricity to the people of Sierra Leone.
On behalf of the delegation and his country, the Turkish Ambassador to Sierra Leone, Deha Erpek thanked Karpowership management for providing electricity to Sierra Leone and other African countries. He also assured the government and people of Sierra Leone of Turkey’s unwavering support to the country.
The diplomats include Sunil Saigal, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Tom Vens, Ambassador Of European Union, Deha Erpek Turkish ambassador, U.S Ambassador Maria Brewer, Iranian Ambassador Nosratollah Maliki, Egyptian Ambassador, Maher Al-Mahdi Al-Sayed, Gambian Ambassador Cherno Barra Touray, and Felix Raul Rojas Cruz Ambassador Cuba. Also, From car power Yasemin Oral, Marketing Manager, Nour Hashim Local Representative, Joseph skeff local representative and Ship staff.