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New Power Barges Unveiled

Posted on September 21, 2011

A new joint venture to equip a multi-application power barge using twin Rolls-Royce Trent 60 gas turbines has been announced by Bahrain-based Arab Shipbuilding & Repair Yard Marketing Services Co. (ASRY) and the U.K.’s Centrax.

The new company, ASRY-Centrax Ltd., said it aims to become a player in the production of barge mounted power stations. At the core of its power stations are two Centrax-packaged Trent generator sets producing a total of 125 MW.

The joint venture said the 82 m long vessels, called the TPB125 Power Barge, can meet a range of power generation needs and be towed or shipped to positions in ports, on rivers or in sheltered coastal locations. Commercial applications include providing temporary power supplies during the construction of new land-based coastal power stations and ensuring supply continuity during major outages and for humanitarian relief.

Two or more of the units can also be linked together and equipped with a tanker barge or barges for the storage of liquid or LNG. Construction has started on the first two, with talks already started over the possible initial delivery of 10 barges, the joint venture said. Lead time is around 15 months with the new company, which states that a 40-year life cycle is achievable.

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