The first Karmol floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) will begin sea trials off Singapore, ahead of the vessel’s deployment to Senegal in the coming weeks
272-m long, 125,470-m3 capacity Karmol LNGT Powership Africa was delivered on 15 March 2021 at Sembcorp Marine in Singapore. 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.
Karmol LNGT Powership Africa will soon sail to Senegal where powership Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan operates. When the FSRU arrives, the powership will switch to operating with LNG before the end of June.
Karmol said the combination of powerships and FSRUs will help bring LNG-to-power to countries with no domestic gas supply. The company plans to convert its entire fleet of powerships to LNG, a sustainable, affordable and environmentally responsible fuel.
Karmol board member Gokhan Kocak said “We have a bold ambition to offer LNG-to-power across the world and especially within Africa. Using FSRUs mean we can unlock the benefits of clean and affordable electricity for millions of people, even where countries have no domestic gas production or infrastructure. I am looking forward to the ship completing its sea trials and beginning its voyage to Senegal.”
Another representative, Kensuke Ito said “The vessel symbolises MOL and Karpowership’s continued partnership and represents our strong commitment to providing LNG-to-power solutions to the African region.”
“This milestone has been achieved against the most challenging of backdrops with the ongoing global Covid pandemic which makes this all the more satisfying.”
Following gas trials, the FSRU is expected to depart Singapore in early April and arrive in Senegal in mid-May, with operations planned to begin in June.
Karmol is a joint venture between Turkish powership owner Karpowership and Mitsui OSK Lines. The venture has another FSRU under construction which is planned for deployment to Mozambique.
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