A report by Africa Energy Portal revealed that under the new agreement, Karpowership will add 5 more megawatts to the current power that it supplies the West African Nation.
Karpowership – part of the Karadeniz Energy Group – already supplies around 80% of the West African nation’s electricity via two powerships anchored off the capital Freetown under a contract signed in 2018.
The vessels are dual-fuel powered using either heavy fuel oil or liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Lack of enough power generation capacity makes prolonged blackouts common even in the capital and urban areas.
The problem is also compounded by significant transmission and distribution network problems, resulting in losses of 34.5% of the electricity supply in the Freetown Capital Western Area alone in 2017.
In support of this initiative, development partners have also pledged US$43.7 million towards various projects in the energy sector.
Karpowership is part of the Karadeniz group, which is based in Turkey.
The group moved into the power sector in 1996 and now has 25 Powerships, with generation capacity of 4,100 MW.
Karadeniz’s powerships are produced through the conversion of merchant vessel into a floating power plant, typically fueled by diesel or liquid gas used to generate electricity.
The ship is then dispatched to its destination where it connects to the local grid, supplying a steady stream of power.
They are particularly suitable for countries whose capacity is insufficient to meet growing demand, or where infrastructure has been destroyed by conflict.
Of the company’s 25 ships, 19 are working in 11 different countries while six are in reserve and can be deployed immediately to any region in the world.