The City Press reported that the Turkish company Karadeniz Energy Group is keen to help to solve South Africa’s power problems by supplying its Powerships to the company.
According to the report the Karadeniz Energy Group said that Eskom can save billion by switching to electricity produced by its Powerships.
This article follows a report in April 2015 that former Eskom chairperson Zola Tsotsi suggested that the power utility made use of Powerships to address South Africa’s power problems.
Using power ships will also not be something entirely new for Eskom. Moneyweb reported that Eskom rented a barge-mounted turbine when the Koeberg nuclear power plant was struggling in 2006.
Some African countries, notably Ghana, get electricity from Powerships, which are essentially floating power stations.
These Powerships could connect to the grid at coastal cities such as Durban, East London, and Cape Town.
However, such electricity would be powered by oil or gas, which would determine whether its price was economic for South Africa.
Karadeniz power ships
The Karadeniz Energy Group developed its “Power of Friendship” project for countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The aim is to “fulfil the urgent electricity needs of all countries in the world with our Powership fleet”.
According to Karadeniz its power ships are “high technology floating power plants designed and constructed to fulfil the urgent electricity needs of the countries through rental contracts or power purchase agreements (PPA)”.
Power ships are delivered to the client countries as a complete power plant ready to operate immediately.
Power ship capacities range from 45MW to 500MW, and are delivered between 60 days and 180 days after ordering to provide medium-term solutions with contracts of between 2 years to 5 years.