General Electric (GE) is set to supply 16 power transformers to Turkey-based Karadeniz Energy Group’s affiliate Karpowership, which operates floating power plants, called Powerships.
The transformers will be installed in four new ships, which have a total installed capacity of 1GW and provide short-term power supply by connecting to the electrical grid.
Under a contract signed last year, GE's grid solutions business has already delivered 16 transformers to the company, with an installed capacity of 1.5GW. The additional transformers will enable Karpowership to connect its plants with a total installed capacity of 2.5GW.
Karpowership's chairman Osman Karadeniz said: "The transmission speed of the generated electricity has become critical as the world's demand for energy increases with each passing day.
“Producing specially-designed transformers to allow electricity transmission for variable currents in different countries, GE plays a critical role in this success.”
GE's transformers transmit power and have the capacity to meet energy needs of around 17 million households per year.
The transformers will be produced in the company’s power transformer factory in Gebze. They have been specifically designed with a special coating to protect them against the impact of moisture and salt. They are also capable of operating under different climatic conditions with degrees ranging from -20°C to 50°C. They will work with 121kV and 154kV grids by using special under cover connectors.
The delivery of transformers is expected for completion by the end of this year.
Image: GE’s power transformers will be installed in four floating power plants called Powerships. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.