Diplomats onboard Karpowership
A team of foreign diplomats and Ambassador from various countries to Sierra Leone, including the United States of America, United Kingdom, Cuba, Turkey, Iran and many more, yesterday 30th January, 2020 conducted a tour of the Karadeniz Powership Dogan Bey to get a firsthand assessment of its facilities and operations in the country.
Welcoming colleague diplomats onboard the ship, Deha Erpek, Turkish Ambassador to Sierra Leone said the Karadeniz Powership Dogan Bey is one hundred percent Turkish electricity production powership.
He went on to say it has provided electricity to Freetown for almost one and a half year now. He expressed delight to host his colleague Ambassadors onboard the ship, noting that their presence is very much important as it will give the diplomats the opportunity to get firsthand information of how the ship operates.
Ambassador Erpek went on to say it is expected that by the end of the tour, the diplomats would have gotten wide knowledge on the activities of the ship, how it operates and produces and supplies power to Freetown. He said they will also get information from the professionals and experts onboard.
Speaking on a continued strengthened bilateral relation between Turkey and Sierra Leone, the Ambassador assured that his government is always ready to assist Sierra Leone either in humanitarian, education and/or development among other areas of intervention.
For his part, Karpowership’s West Africa Regional Director, Emre Durmusoglu said the contract between the Sierra Leone Government and the Turkish Karpowership signed in June 2018 to deploy a Powership to supply 30 MW for 7 months and 15 MW for 5 months for a period of 3 years will expire in June this year.
He said in June 2018, Karpowership signed a contract with Sierra Leone national utility company, Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Finance to deploy a Powership to supply 30 MW for 7 months and 15 MW for 5 months for a period of 3 years.
The First Powership “Karadeniz Powership Doğan Bey” Durmusoglu went on, has been in operation in Kroo Town Bay / Freetown since June 2018, adding that in December 2018, an Addendum Agreement was signed to increase the capacity to 50 MW for 7 months and 30 MW for 5 months.
Durmusoglu also informed that the Second Powership “Karadeniz Powership Göktay Bey” is deployed to Cline Town Bay area in Freetown for the same period of the contract signed in June 2018 and that the Second Powership started operation in Cline Town Bay in March 2019.
In conclusion he stated that Karpowership is supplying 80% of Sierra Leone’s total electricity needs.
Project Manager, Dugucan Bayraktar said Karadeniz Powership Doğan Bey has 126Megawatts installed capacity and has 188meters in length and 41meters breath, with a contract to supply 50MW to Sierra Leone during the dry season and 30MW in the wet season
According to him, the contract expires in June this year but that they are currently investigating opportunities of negotiating with the Government of Sierra Leone through Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA) and the Ministry of Energy and Ministry of Finance for an extension of the contract beyond June 2020, while expressing hope that the negotiation will yield fruitfulness.