Ankara, Apr 10 (Prensa Latina) The agreement between Cuba and the Turkish company Karadeniz Holding put a floating power plant on the way to the port of Mariel, diplomatic sources informed Prensa Latina this Wednesday.
In the ceremony of departure of the ship, named Karadeniz Baris Bey, were present the technical director of the Electrical Union of Cuba (UNE), Lázaro Guerra; and the ambassador of Cuba in the country, Luis Amorós Núñez; and the president and vice-president of the owner company, Osman and Orhan Karadeniz.
In this way, Cuba becomes part of the group of 9 countries that have floating facilities for the production of electricity, built by the Turkish group, and will be the first in Latin America to be able to participate in this innovative experience.
The ship departed from the port of Yalova, in the sea of Marmara, in western Turkey, where it was built in the Karmarine shipyards, and upon its arrival on the island the power plant will be connected to the grid to supply the National Electric System of Cuba for a period of 4 years.
From The EEOC On 31 March 2019:
The February 2019 issue of The Turkish Perspective, distributed to passengers traveling on Istanbul, Turkey-based Turkish Airlines, included an article on page 20 about Istanbul, Turkey-based Karadeniz Holding and its “Karpowership” project in the Republic of Cuba.
The title of the article was “The Floating Energy Hub Of The ‘One World’” Karadeniz Holding is taking Turkey’s technology to other countries with it’s global brand Karpowership. As of 2018, it has become the company with the world’s largest floating power plant fleet with 15 energy ships with an installed capacity of 2,800 MW.”
“Lastly, in October 2018, Karpowership expanded to South America and signed a contract with Energoimport, part of the Ministry of Energy of Cuba [Republic of Cuba government-operated Union Electrica], to provide electricity of 160 MW for 51-months. This is a crucial step in the Power of Friendship project, as Karpowership continues to spread ability to access economical electricity around the world.”
Unknowns: Is Energoimport paying the full cost of the service? Why is the service contract for 51-months? Why is the service contract for 160 MW? Where will the vessel be docked in the Republic of Cuba?
Response from Karadeniz Holding: “The details of our project are not fixed, still in the works, we will reach back out to you once our full project parameters are finalized.” Karadeniz Holding had sought an employee to manage its operations in the Republic of Cuba.
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