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The solution offered by Turkey to save the Ukrainian energy system: floating power plants to be placed in Romania

Turkey could send floating power plants to Romania to supply 300-400 MW of electricity to Ukraine, Zeynep Kharezi, director general of the Karpowership company, said on Wednesday in an interview with Anadolu news agency, reported by TASS.

Floating plant of the Turkish company KaradenizPhoto: Hussein Malla / AP / Profimedia

“We are negotiating for (the supply of) 300-400 MW of electricity. This capacity can supply one million households with electricity. We can send three or four vessels to supply this capacity. Floating power plants can be located in various ports and the Electricity supply can start within a month after finalizing the technical, commercial and safety details,” Kharezi said.

“There are electricity transmission lines between Romania, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. We can place vessels in Romania and the Republic of Moldova and supply electricity through the power lines to Ukraine,” he added.

According to her, the main problem is that ships bound for Ukraine cannot be insured.

In this regard, the Turkish company is in talks with the UN and various companies to “find the right solution”.

Karpowership has 36 floating power plants

Karpowership is the flagship company of Turkey’s Karadeniz Holding, he notes The new voice of Ukraine. The company has a fleet of 36 powerships that run on fuel oil or natural gas.

Connecting to local power grids takes less than a month. Such ships are mainly intended for countries with an underdeveloped infrastructure, and are also used in emergency situations.

Earlier, Russian media had reported that Russian LNG producer Novatek had asked Karpowership to supply electricity for the Arctic LNG 2 project.

According to Kharezi, the company has indeed received such an offer, but is not negotiating with the Russian side: “As company policy, we are determined to comply with international sanctions.”

Eight waves of Russian airstrikes on critical infrastructure in recent weeks have severely damaged Ukraine’s power grid and led to planned and emergency outages across the country.

Ukrainian grid operator Ukrenergo said on Tuesday it would take several days for its workers to restore electricity generation to levels before the latest wave of Russian strikes on Monday.

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