Alstom has signed a contract with Karadeniz Energy Group, to supply power transformers for the Turkish, Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan (KPS12) power plant. At 486 MW, the Karadeniz Powership Osman Khan will be the world's largest floating power plant. The delivery is planned to be completed early 2016.
Alstom will design, manufacture and deliver 200 MVA power transformers, inclusive of commissioning, field tests and respective spare parts. The transformers will be produced in Alstom Grid’s manufacturing site in Gebze, Turkey, one of the most modern power transformer factories in the world. “Alstom is very pleased to work with Karpowership, the world leader in floating power plants, on this Powership concept. This contract reflects the quality and the high performance of Alstom’s transformers, as well as its technical expertise in this field. The ability to help countries meet short term energy demand quickly and in a cost efficient manner is an important step to providing more people access to sustainable and reliable electricity”, said Tunc Tezel, Alstom Grid Power Transformers Commercial Director.
Established in Turkey, the Karadeniz Enerji Group (Karpowership) began designing and producing Powerships since 2007. In 2010, the group established the first floating energy ship fleet in the world. Constructed on-board large vessels, these floating power plants supply electricity to the countries within the scope of the commercial agreements signed under the “Power of Friendship” project. Deployed quickly to countries in need, Powerships are able to connect into the electricity grid immediately upon berthing. Their flexibility and availability mean that it is able to promptly solve short term energy problems. The group continues to expand its fleet of Powerships, and it targets to increase the installed power, from 1500 MW with 9 energy ships, to over 5000 MW by the end of 2017.
 A powership is a floating power plant either barge or ship mounted converted from bulk carriers, heavy lift vessels and barges.