MOL & Karpower to develop LNG powership
Japanese ship operator MOL is teaming up with Karadeniz, the Turkish operator of powerships to jointly carry out the first LNG-to-Powership project under the co-brand "KARMOL" in Mozambique.
The project will involve a jointly owned FSRU and a Powership. Ahead of this announcement, MOL and Karpowership jointly made a presentation in the TICAD VII conference in Tokyo where the two partners introduced the concept of LNG-to-Powership solution and outlines of Mozambique Project.
The LNG-to-Powership project consists of the collaborative operations of the FSRU to deliver regasified LNG and the Powership to receive regasified LNG in order to produce electricity, which is subsequently provided to Electricidade de Moçambique ("EDM"), the Mozambican National Power Utility, through the electricity connection and transmission facility.
MOL announced in March this year that the FSRU is now being converted from an existing LNG Carrier. The Powership is currently operating with heavy fuel oil in Nacala, but in accordance with the prior arrangement with EDM, it will be switched to operation with LNG after the FSRU delivery. Remarking on the project Max Tonela Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mozambique, said, "This project contributes to our national strategy of increasing the availability and reducing the costs of fuel to generate electricity for industrial development and energy access. This project does it through LNG, a critical fuel for Mozambique's future".
In the past years Mozambique has seen rapid economic growth, which in order to sustain requires the increased supply of stable and affordable supply of electricity. KARMOL's LNG-to-Powership solution with power generation capacity of 120MW will create a stable and reliable supply of electricity for the people of Mozambique and, provide critical infrastructure for the use of LNG within Mozambican territory. When completed, the project will be the first LNG -to Power solution and FSRU project in Eastern and Southern Africa.
MOL and Karpowership will continue to jointly develop LNG-to-Powership projects and provide cost competitive and robust solutions in all over the world.