Trinidad and Tobago to investigate offshore wind

By: Bridget Randall-Smith

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05/02/2021 4C Offshore
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago has revealed its offshore wind ambition at the Energy Chamber’s 5th Annual Energy Efficiency and Renewables Conference, which launched on 1st February.

Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state with an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 74,199 square kilometres, which is approximately fifteen times the country’s land mass. To date, the EEZ has been largely unused with exception of deepwater oil and gas exploration.

Offshore wind energy offers a promising alternative for a coastal country like Trinidad and Tobago, particularly as the technology can be deployed in both shallow and deep waters.

In his address, Senator Franklin Khan, Minister of Energy and Energy Industries, stated: "we now have an opportunity to harness the energy potential stored in our marine environment from sources other than hydrocarbons in the form of wave and/or offshore wind energy."

"Over the next decade, offshore wind, which includes bottom-fixed in the shallow water and floating in the deeper water, is projected to become one of the most competitive sources of electricity, commensurate with fossil fuels, solar PV and onshore wind."

There are plans in place for the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries to conduct an onshore wind assessment. This will be expanded to include offshore wind. The results of these activities will inform the expansion of renewables into the domestic energy mix.

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