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Barbados looking to develop ocean resources

By Andre Skeete

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Barbados is actively exploring the possibility and benefits of using ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) and to this end, Minister with responsibility for Water Resource Management, Dr David Estwick is visiting Japan to learn more about this alternative and environmentally-friendly type of technology.

Speaking during a press conference at his ministry last Friday, he explained that Barbados was very interested in the development of a blue economy, where the ocean would be a fundamental component of the economic development of the country.

Estwick pointed out that this was critical, as Barbados' resources extended beyond its 166 square mile land mass, with its continental shelf measuring some 200 miles.

"At the last energy conference held here some six months ago, the Minister of Energy would have met with a contingent from Japan regarding an evaluation and doing a study tour of ocean thermal energy conversion to produce electricity and to produce desalinated water as well as [for use in] aquaculture.

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