Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan, located in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis of the Western Region, has resumed power production.
A release signed by the Corporate Communication Specialist at Karpowership Ghana Limited, Sandra Amarquaye, and copied to the Ghanaian Times, said the powership would continue to operate on heavy fuel oil, to supply reliable and sustainable electricity to the national grid, until ongoing works on the gas pipeline were completed.
“Karpowership wishes to thank all stakeholders who have been involved in the success of the project. We would continue to keep all stakeholders informed on further updates about the project,” it added.
In August, this year, the Minister of Energy, Peter John Awewu, inspected works at the Offshore Transmission Station (OTS) at Essipun and the Karpower site at the Sekondi Naval Base in the Western Region ahead of the tie-in of the Gas Processing Plant at Atuabo to the Karpowership to the national grid.
The Karpower project, he said, would reduce the cost of transporting gas from Takoradi to Tema, adding that running the powership on light crude oil was very expensive.
The Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan, which adds 450 megawatts (MW) of power to the national grid, was shut down temporarily for about 17 days, and ‘set sail’ to Sekondi on Thursday, August 15, and docked at the Western Naval Command in Sekondi, where it will tap into natural gas supplies from the country’s oilfields.
The Karpowership was to save the country costs of using fossil fuel to generate thermal power from its base at the Tema Fishing Harbour.
Karpowership is the owner, operator and builder of the only powership (floating power plant) fleet in the world, and plays an active role in medium to long-term investment; and providing access to fast-track, affordable and reliable electricity.
Currently, the company owns and operates 22 powerships with an installed capacity exceeding 3,500 MW and another 5,000 MW under construction.
With more than 2,500 employees globally; Karpowership operates in Indonesia, Lebanon, Mozambique, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Guinea Bissau, Gambia and the Caribbean.
FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, TAKORADI