Newbuild floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) KARMOL LNGT Powership Africa is the first vessel in a 50/50 KARMOL joint venture between Turkey-based Karpowership and Japanese firm Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL)
KARMOL’s FSRU vessel arrived in Senegalese waters 31 May and will now be positioned at its mooring location in the Senegalese capital Dakar to commence the commissioning process.
272-m long, 125,470-m3 capacity KARMOL LNGT Powership Africa was delivered 15 March 2021 at Singapore’s Sembcorp Marine, where it was built. The ship is expected to enable Karmol to offer LNG-powered electricity to Senegal for the first time using its 235-MW floating powership Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan.
As shown in the video below, the FSRU was towed from Singapore and is the first completed FSRU from the KARMOL partnership.
The vessel will connect, through gas pipelines, to a floating power plant (powership) owned by Karpowership. Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan has a capacity of 235 MW and has been in operation since October 2019, supplying 15% of Senegal’s electricity with 220 MW of power to Senegal’s grid.
The FSRU, which was developed by Sembcorp Marine in Singapore, is 272 m long and has a capacity of 125,470 m3. It has arrived in Senegal with a supply of LNG on board and the first refuelling will be carried out by Shell in July.
A statement from the joint venture company said KARMOL sees the combination of FSRUs and powerships as a solution to bring LNG-utilised power generation to countries with no natural gas infrastructure or supply.
KARMOL said it has "plans to help provide stable electricity powered by efficient, cleaner fuels to many more countries in the region and throughout the globe. LNG... fast-tracks the energy transition as countries embark on a longer-term switch to renewables. SENELEC, by contracting with Karpowership, is in perfect coherence with its gas-to-power strategy and is preparing to convert units which will be ready to use gas as soon as it becomes available," the company said.
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