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End January 2011, she arrived at Port of Karachi, Pakistan joining MV Karadeniz Powership Kaya Bey, the first powership of the fleet, which came to Korangi on November 17, 2010. The total installed capacity of the two powerships amounted 330 MW, while the contract capacity of the power purchase agreement was 232 MW. The powerships were able to meet almost 50% of the electricity power needs of the 18 million people in Karachi.
In the wake of political contentions in Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan declared on March 30, 2011 that all rental power plants (RPP) are illegal and the operating RPPs have to be closed. In March 2012, the Karadeniz Energy Group (Karkey) annulled the energy purchase agreement - a RPP contract- with the Pakistan National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which covered the service of the powerships MV KPS Kaya Bey and the later stationed MV KPS Alican Bey. The reason was that the Pakistani side failed to perform their obligations in payments and oil supply. By the end of October 2012, the Pakistani government ordered the repayment of the unused deposit in amount of US$17.2 million from the Turkish partner before the ships can leave. Upon a complaint filed by a politician in the Parliament of Pakistan, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the seizure of the retained powerships due to a fine of US$120 million demanded by the NAB. The case went to international arbitration on March 11, 2013.
On May 16, 2014 after two years of retainment, LPS Kaya Bey left Karachi heading Dubai for repairs and maintenance in compliance with an intermediate decision of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID). On August 1 the same year, a second decision of the ICSID enabled the definitive and lasting release of the powership.
The dispute was also subject of talks at highest-level of politicians between the both countries' prime ministers and state presidents. It was reported that KPS Alican Bey and two other vessels of the Turkish company were still in retainment by August 2014.
Built in August 2013 by Sedef Shipyard in Tuzla, Istanbul, she was renamed Karadeniz Powership Orhan Bey after the Karadeniz Holding's vice chairperson. Equipped with eleven electric generators and four high-voltage transformers, the powership has an installed generation capacity of 203 MW on dual-fuel (HFO- and gas-fired). The powership's fuel tanks capacity allows her to generate ten days long uninterrupted power. She is a member of the nine-powership strong fleet with more than 1,500 MW total power capacity.
Arrived in Beirut, Lebanon on August 12, 2013, she joined the other fleet member MV Karadeniz Powership Fatmagl Sultan, which was already generating electricity. Moored facing Jieh Power Plant, Orhan Bey was connected to the grid on September 3, 2013. According to a power purchase agreement, worth US$370 million, signed on July 13, 2012 in Beirut with the Lebanese Government, the two powerships supply a total of 270 MW electricity in Lebanon, covering 27% of the power needs of the country.