DAKAR, June 16 (Reuters) - Senegal is set to be partly
powered by liquefied natural gas for the first time with the
arrival at the capital, Dakar, on Wednesday of a floating gas
facility from Singapore, the West African nation's state power
company, Senelec, said.
The floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) is the
result of a joint venture between Japanese shipping company
Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd (MOL) and Turkey's Karpowership,
which supplies power from its fleet of ships mainly to eight
Once up and running, the unit will supply LNG to a
Karpowership vessel, which covers around 15% of Senegalese
supply and has until now run on oil like most of the country's
"This project aims to provide reliable, affordable and
cleaner power," Senelec said.
It did not say when the FSRU would be operational.
Karpowership - part of the Karadeniz Energy Group - operates
floating power facilities, which are faster and less costly to
set up than traditional land-based units.
(Reporting by Bate Felix; Writing by Alessandra Prentice;
Editing by Peter Cooney)