The Tanzania Times
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Should Tanzania use floating ships to solve the country’s Power Shortage Problems?

With the country suffering power outages and load shedding, should Tanzania turn to floating power generators for auxiliary energy?

It is not a new concept; there are countries in Africa that do not have hydroelectric power plants of their own for various reasons including poor economies or corruption.

These country supplement their energy needs from power ships.

The floating power plants are built purposely to generate electricity from the heavy oil generators producing up to 100 megawatts and supply or sell electricity to Asian and African countries.

In good example the country of Guinea Bissau depends 100 percent from a power ship for all the power the country needs, while Sierra Leone buys 70 percent of its electricity from a power ship.

Ghana also purchases about 60 percent of its electric energy from floating power plants.

Should one also dock at Tanga or Dar-es-salaam ports for that same purpose?

Powerships are floating vessels designed, constructed, and engineered to be deployed to various corners of the world on a short, medium, and long-term basis, adding base load, mid-merit, or peak shaving electricity generation capacity to the host country’s grid.

A floating power plant isn’t something you see every day.

The massive ships look like plants you’d see on land complete with tall exhaust stacks—except these plants are bobbing in the ocean.

They might look odd, but for people in growing economies around the world, the ships are a welcome sight.

The floating power plants can dock in the harbour, crank up their turbines and start quickly generating electricity for customers on land.

The Powerships production usually range from 30 Megawatts up to 480 Megawatts and are delivered on port ready to operate in less than 30 days.

Starting from the design and ending with the delivery of electricity, Karpowership the global supplier of such services fully executes all activities in-house, including construction, site preparation, commissioning, and fuel supply.

Who runs the ships?

Karpowership has been a pioneer in innovative energy projects for more than 25 years.

The group started its energy investments in 1996, and today owns and operates a fleet of 36 Powerships with 6,000 MW installed capacity globally and an active construction pipeline.

Karpowership is reportedly the owner, operator, and builder of the world’s only Powership fleets.

In operating the floating power plant fleet the entity also has an active role in medium to long-term investments, providing access to fast-track, affordable and reliable electricity.

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