Haiti signs MOU with Turkey to improve energy production

The governments of Haiti and Turkey have signed a memorandum of understanding that will see both countries strengthening their cooperation, especially in the area of energy production.

As part of the strategic partnership, the Haitian Government has agreed to contract the services of Karpowership — an energy company that builds and operates floating power plants — to improve its electricity generation capacity

A Karpowership floating power plant. (Photo: The Fatu Network)

Speaking at an event held in Port-au-Prince recently, both Haiti’s Foreign Minister Claude Joseph and Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu made the announcement of the MOU with Haiti’s Finance Minister Michel Patrick Boisvert, Central Bank Governor Jean Baden Dubois and Presidential Energy Advisor Dr Evenson Calixte in attendance.

“This strategic partnership between the Haitian Government and the Government of Turkey is an important piece of a plan to solve Haiti’s long-running and devastating energy crisis. This is a significant milestone for our country, and in simple terms, will help ensure many more Haitians will have access to electricity,” Joseph stated.

“Turkey wishes to boost cooperation with Haiti in all possible areas, such as energy and construction.”

— Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, foreign minister, Turkey

A major breakthrough

To this end, the announcement of the MOU comes as a major breakthrough for Haiti’s energy production capacity, as the country faces the challenges of monopolies and special interests.

At another event, a roundtable with Karpowership’s Chief Commercial Officer Zeynep Harezi, the foreign minister also outlined a plan in which the Turkish energy company will provide power through its floating power plants, called ‘powerships’. With this supply of electricity, the Haitian authorities intend to immediately reduce blackouts in areas such as Cap Haïtien.

An aerial view of Haiti’s second-largest city, Cap Haitien. (Photo: Plan It Smarter)

“This is urgent; we will not allow time or funds to be squandered as occurred in the past,” the foreign minister said.

Transition to LNG

In addition, the MOU gives the Caribbean French-speaking republic the option of switching from heavy fuel oil to a 20-year LNG Powership project.

“I am confident that Powerships can offer a swift and meaningful step forward in filling our current, severe gap in power supply,” Joseph emphasised, adding that Haitian President Jovenel Moise is working to boost energy production and deliver electricity to the entire country.

President of Haiti Jovenel Moise (File photo)

His Turkish counterpart also underscored the significance of the agreement between the two countries.

“Turkey wishes to boost cooperation with Haiti in all possible areas, such as energy and construction. To strengthen the legal basis of our bilateral cooperation, today I am happy to sign seven important agreements, including an economic cooperation agreement which will establish a joint economic commission between Haiti and Turkey,” Çavuşoğlu said.