Dominican Republic announced floating gas-battery hybrid platform

A floating natural gas power plan equipped with a battery energy storage system will be built in the Dominican Republic.

The plant was ordered by Transcontinental Capital Corporation, an independent power producer and subsidiary of Seabord. Engineering firms Siemens and ST Engineering are providing the platform, with the technology provided by Fluence.

Three turbines, two gas and one operating with steam are provided by Siemens, alongside a 5MW/10MW battery system.

“The SeaFloat installation adds a fresh innovation – the ability to site a hybrid thermal-storage project where land is scarce, and do so for less cost”, said Fluence’s Managing Director for Latin America, Ismario Gonzalez.

Other advantages of this type of installation includes its mobility and small size, its ability to assembled in shipyards, and its potential uses as backup power for climate-related disasters and emergencies.

The project is expected to enter into operation in spring 2012.