Joint venture between Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines starts sea trials
KARMOL, a joint venture between Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines, has announced that its first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) will begin sea trials off the coast of Singapore before being deployed to Senegal.
Sembcorp Marine in Singapore delivered the FSRU, named KARMOL LNGT Powership Africa, on March 15th. The FSRU is scheduled to leave Singapore in early April and arrive in Senegal in mid-May after completing trials.
For the first time, KARMOL will be able to provide LNG-powered electricity to the West African country through its floating Powership, Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan.
In Senegal, Karpowership operates a 235-megawatt Powership, which generates about 15% of the country's electricity. The FSRU will arrive in the country shortly, and the Powership will begin using LNG by the end of June.
“We have a bold ambition to offer LNG-to-Power across the world and especially within Africa. Usage of FSRUs means we can unlock the benefits of clean and affordable electricity for millions of people, even where countries have no domestic gas production or infrastructure," said Gokhan Kocak, KARMOL board member.
This means that LNG-to-Power facilities can be delivered to countries with no domestic gas supply using a mix of Powerships and FSRUs.
Another FSRU is currently being developed by KARMOL and will be deployed to Mozambique.
Both the Senegal FSRU and the Mozambique-bound vessel have a 125,000 cubic meter size. Sembcorp Marine, based in Singapore, completed the construction and conversion work.
KARMOL, a joint venture between Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines, was formed in 2019 with the aim of being the world's most efficient and preferred LNG-to-Power solution provider. KARMOL has been investing in related properties and co-marketing its solution since then.
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