Through the creative use of its shipbuilding expertise, the yard developed an innovative solution to the energy challenge of providing electricity quickly, efficiently and conveniently: a barge mounted power plant (BMPP) or power barge. This solution is gaining wide acceptance in developing countries where electrical power demands often outstrip what their current land-based power plants can supply.
These can be supplied to customers either on a built-operate-own (BOO) or built-operate-transfer (BOT) basis.
The yard’s power barges offer the following advantages:
|Fast Delivery||Long lead-time for construction has always been a problem for large land based power plants. The acquisition of land and right-of-way are a tedious process. Quick start up of the plant is also not always easy. Power barges, however, can be delivered to customers within 9 –12 months from the date of order, subject to stock availability of the turbines. The barge mounted power plant can be pre-commissioned prior to delivery.|
|Mobility and Multi-Site Flexibility||A power barge may be towed and re-deployed on another site according to the demands of the situation and the accessibility of a transmission network.|
|Ease of Fuel Supply||Fuel is easily transported by sea and there is also various fuel options.|
|Efficiency||The yard’s power barges employ the latest technology and state-of-the-art combustion turbine generators. Only top quality components are used and integrated on the barge itself.|
The yard’s first power barge, a 103 MW single combustion turbine power built in a record six-month period, was delivered to the Philippines’ National Power Corporation. This was followed by power barge orders from Malaysia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Ecuador. All these power barges have been delivered.