Turkey’s floating power plant company Karpower International (Karpowership) has begun operation on its first LNG-to-Power project offshore Indonesia.

Karpowership said that the powership Zeynep Sultan began power generation using LNG on 20 September 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).

According to
the company, 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 the country, requiring no on-land construction.

The
LNG-to-Power project is part of a gas supply agreement signed with
government-owned electricity company Perusahaan Listrik Negara Gas and
Geothermal (PLN), who provide the LNG via PT Pertamina, the Indonesian state-owned
oil and natural gas corporation.

The eight-metre Hua Xiang FSRU is operated by PT Sulawesi Regas Satu, a joint venture of PLN GG and PT Humpuss.

Karpowership’s chief commercial officer Zeynep Harezi said: “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.

Our investments in the upstream value chain will help us realize our goal of having 80 per cent of our powership fleet LNG powered by 2025”.

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