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GE supplying power transformers for world’s largest Powerships

September 23, 2016 | By Anthony Capkun

Photo courtesy GE and Karpowership.

September 22, 2016 – GE says it will supply 16 power transformers to Karpowership to be installed in four of its Powerships, which include the world’s largest at 486MW.

Powership—a trademark of Karadeniz Holding—is the name given to a fully integrated barge- or ship-mounted floating power plant. The Powerships drop anchor at countries with urgent power needs to provide short-term power by connecting its onboard high-voltage transformers to the grid.

Designed specifically for the Powership project, GE’s 100MVA and 200MVA transformers will be coated to protect them against the impact of moisture and salt, and allow them to operate under different climatic conditions, ranging from -20C to 50C. Together with reinforced mechanical connectors to adapt to sea oscillation, the transformers will also ensure the floating substation will provide the correct high-voltage supply compatible to the grid infrastructure through its tap-changers

WATCH the video for a peek around the Powership Zeynep Sultan.


With these four new Powerships, Karpowership’s fleet’s total installed capacity will exceed 4GW (either under construction or in the pipeline). The power transformers have the capacity to supply the electric power need of about 17 million households per annum, boasts GE.

GE’s Grid Solutions business has already delivered 16 power transformers for Karpowership, with an installed capacity of 1.5GW for a contract signed last year.

— Photo courtesy GE and Karpowership.

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