First offshore windfarm awarded in the Caribbean

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has awarded a grant to the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) supporting the development of an offshore windfarm in Jamaica.

The feasibility study for the project will evaluate the viability of installing an offshore windfarm which, if built, would be the first offshore windfarm in Jamaica and the greater Caribbean region.

The USTDA said the project “offers potential export opportunities for a range of US equipment and services related to the design, development, and operation of offshore wind power generation and transmission infrastructure.”

PCJ has selected Keystone Engineering (KEI), a Louisiana-based energy firm specialising in the engineering, design, procurement, project management and construction support for offshore wind and oil and gas platforms, to conduct the feasibility study. KEI was the foundation design engineer for the first offshore windfarm installed in the US, the 30 MW Block Island windfarm off the coast of Rhode Island.

“We are pleased to partner with PCJ and KEI on this important project,” said USTDA’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nathan Younge. “The study will help to develop new energy resources and create potential commercial opportunities for US technology in Jamaica.”

“The Government of Jamaica has identified renewable energy development as a major pillar in its strategy for energy security,” said PCJ’s group general manager, Winston Watson. “This study will help the PCJ to get valuable data that can attract overseas investment for the development of our offshore wind resources.”

“Keystone is excited to work with PCJ on this project and be a part of the first steps in bringing a new generation technology to Jamaica,” said KEI’s offshore renewables group general manager Ben Foley. “We are optimistic that we can use this study to realise a corporeal offshore windfarm in the near future.”

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