Floating power plant
A VERY interesting write up, published in a local daily on August 6 offered a viable solution to purchasing power plants available within short lead time as a better alternative to rental power plants. As we know, a new power plant usually takes between a minimum of 4-6 years to begin operation. In case of a total seagoing power ship, it could be only one year. The price given was 1.2 million euros per megawatt capacity. These novel and innovative ‘power-ships’ can be liquid or gas fuelled and its floating liquid fuel can be pumped directly to the power-ship’s fuel tanks. We should go for it! These could be easily located in the vicinity of Chittagong or Chalna ports and are available in capacities ranging between 135MW and around 200MW.
The biggest advantage is that no land is required; and the lead time from order to delivery can be less than nine months, with power on the grid within 12 months. The builder as stated usually takes around six months for building these ‘power-ships’.
I am not aware how it compares with the cost per MW of equivalent sized, land-based power plant, starting from acquiring land, building, and all infrastructure and fuel facilities, plant import and transport to site and then installation and commissioning of the plant.
In this case, for a power-ship it takes around nine months as stated by the builder; and includes fuel
storage and all manning accommodation too. Our relevant officials must seriously study this option. Maybe, in the long run, it could be cheaper than rental or new land power plant of same capacity, including transformers and switchgear, which is built on the deck of the ‘power-ship’.
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