JAKARTA (RambuEnergy.com) – Turkey-based Karpowership has initiated its first LNG-to-Power operation in Amurang, Sulawesi Indonesia. On September 20, 2020, the Powership Zeynep Sultan began power generation using Liquified Natural Gas (LNG), after the successful conversion of its first two dual-fuel engines.
The LNG is converted from liquid to gas via a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU).
Indonesia is fast becoming one of the world’s most important LNG hubs, with this innovative project, bringing the first-ever floating LNG-to-Power project to Indonesia, requiring no on-land construction.
The LNG-to-Power project is part of a gas supply agreement signed with government-owned electricity company PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara Gas and Geothermal (PLN), which provides the LNG via PT Pertamina, an Indonesian stated-owned oil and natural gas corporation.
The FSRU, Hua Xiang 8m, is operated by PT Sulawesi Regas Satu, a joint venture of PLN GG and PT Humpuss.
“I’m delighted to announce the successful start of our first LNG-to-Power project. Through our Powership’s dual-fuel engine capability, combined with the innovation of FSRU technology, we are able to offer a seamless transition to LNG-to-Power for our partners in Amurang,” Karpowership’s Chief Commercial Officer, Zeynep Harezi said.
“Our investments in the upstream value chain will help us realize our goal of having 80% of our Powership fleet LNG powered by 2025,” she said.
The transition from fuel oil to LNG utilizes Indonesia’s natural resources and reduces the carbon output of electricity generation.
Indonesia was Karpowership’s first project in South East Asia. In 2015 and 2016, Karpowership signed five contracts with the state utility PT PLN (Persero) to deploy five Powerships of 1000 MW in total for a period of 5 years.
Karadeniz Powership Zeynep Sultan and Nezih Bey, Onur Sultan, Gökhan Bey and Yasin Bey have been in operation in Amurang, Medan, Kupang and Ambon islands respectively since 2016. Karpowership has been supplying 30 percent of North Sulawesi’s, 55 percent of East Nusa Tenggara’s, 80 percent of Ambon’s and 10 percent of Medan’s total electricity needs.
Karpowership is the inventor and pioneer of Powerships, the fastest, cleanest and most affordable option for a country’s large-scale and urgent energy needs. Headquartered in Istanbul, the company’s fleet operates in 11 countries. (*)