KARMOL’s first Floating Storage Regasification Unit (FSRU) has arrived in Dakar, Senegal for Karpowership’s landmark LNG transition.

A joint venture between floating power plant company, Karpowership, and shipping company, Mitsui O.S.K Lines, KARMOL arrived from Singapore on the 31st of May and will supply Senegal with LNG-powered electricity via the FSRU.

Since August 2019, Karpowership have been operating a 235MW capacity Powership, Karadeniz Powership Ayşegül Sultan off Senegal, supplying 15% of the country’s electricity supply.

With plans to switch its entire fleet of Powerships to more sustainable and affordable LNG, the Senegal Powership will switch to operating with LNG before the end of June 2021.

Aside from being more environmentally responsible and available at a lower cost, the combination of Powerships and FSRU’s allow countries with no domestic gas supply to experience LNG-powered electricity.

When the FSRU was undergoing sea trials off Singapore in March, Gokham Kocak, KARMOL Board Member, said, “This is a big moment for West Africa and the wider continent, and an exciting time for KARMOL.”

“We have a bold ambition to offer LNG to Power across the world and especially within Africa. Usage of FSRUs mean we can unlock the benefits of clean and affordable electricity for millions of people, even where countries have no domestic gas production or infrastructure.”

He continued, “The use of FSRUs and Powerships is a ground-breaking solution which opens up the prospect of stable electricity, powered by efficient, cleaner fuels, to many more countries.”

KARMOL is also planning deployment of another FSRU to Mozambique.

Speaking about an LNG sourced energy future for Africa, Kensuke Ito, KARMOL Representitive, said, “The vessel symbolises MOL and Karpowership’s continued partnership and represents our strong commitment to providing LNG-to-Power solutions to the African region.”

“This milestone has been achieved against the most challenging of backdrops with the ongoing global COVID pandemic which makes this all the more satisfying.”

Construction of the 125,000 cubic metre Senegal FSRU was undertaken by Singapore-based Sembcorp Marine.