The Dominican energy commission, CNE, granted Karpowership a provisional concession for a 258MW natural gas-fired project.
The Istanbul-based company applied in May for a concession for the Powership KPS-8 combined cycle power plant planned for Boca Chica in Santo Domingo province, according to a CNE resolution.
Although information on the origin of the gas was not disclosed, Boca Chica, located on the southern coast, is home to AES’s LNG regasification terminal.
Karpowership now has 18 months to conduct additional studies before applying for a definitive concession.
In a resolution, the CNE said that the group’s strategic shareholder, Karadeniz Holding, has the financial resources for this phase of studies.
The Turkish group already has a presence in Cuba, where the company’s first project in the Western Hemisphere is located, having signed a 51-month contract with Unión Eléctrica de Cuba in October 2018.
Karpowership supplies electricity from the Barış Bey, Esra Sultan (pictured) and Ela Sultan floating power plants on ships for a total of 184MW, which covers 10% of Cuba’s electricity needs.
In recent days, electricity regulator SIE authorized Transcontinental Capital (Seaboard) to connect the 150MW Estrella del Mar III combined cycle project to the national grid for testing purposes.
The government is also conducting a tender to acquire up to 800MW of gas-fired power.
In its latest medium-term operating report, which runs until September 2022, the OC grid coordinator said gas-fired generation would account for 44.6% of electricity production, followed by coal (35.3%), hydro (6.3%), wind (5.4%), residual fuel (4.7%), and solar (2.7%) and biomass (1%).