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If given a second term in office, the Gov-
ernment plans to establish an integrated
photovoltaic park in central Trinidad to
promote the use of solar energy in T&T.
So said Minister of Tertiary Education
Fazal Karim as he commissioned T&T s first
solar-powered house at the University of
T&T Point Lisas Campus on Tuesday.
The house, built at a cost of $1 million,
will be used by UTT students studying
Karim said the Government planned to
invest millions to research the use of wind,
tidal and solar energy in T&T. He said the
first investment to be made is the construc-
tion of the photovoltaic park on 214 acres
of lands east of Point Lisas, formerly owned
by Caroni (1975) Ltd.
"T&T has always been a leader in energy
in the region and now we are going forward
in renewable energy related manufacturing,"
Karim said. He explained that a new industry
would be established for the production and
installation of solar photovoltaic panels.
"On October 16, 2014, Cabinet agreed to
the development of an integrated photo-
voltaic park in T&T, based on the findings
of a feasibility study. Caroni lands located
east of Point Lisas will be transferred to the
National Energy Corporation to allow for
the establishment of four main plants of
the integrated Photovoltaic park," Karim
These include a float glass plant, a met-
allurgical grade silicon plant, a polysilicon
plant and a solar photovoltaic plant.
Through the National Training Agency,
Karim said, skilled tradesmen would assist
in the installation of photovoltaics, creating
the potential for high-paying jobs in the
"Global investments in renewable energy
are estimated at US$270 billion for 2014.
With UTT at the centre of this renewable
energy thrust, we can aspire to produce five
per cent of the nation s energy through
renewable energy within the next five years,"
He also said he planned to return to the
UTT Energy Campus to commission two
turbines to be used for wind energy.
Karim said Energy Minister Kevin Ram-
narine recently approved two UTT research
projects in the areas of enhanced oil recovery
and carbon sequestration which would
impact positively on the petroleum industry.
Ramnarine said once hydrocarbon energy
was saved, T&T would be able to earn more
foreign exchange as it would have more
hydro-carbons to export.
UTT chairman Curtis Manchoon also
said that the UTT Energy Institute was
investing heavily in renewable energy.
He said the institute proposed to launch
a Wave Dragon off the Bocas del Dragon to
research the potential of utilising tidal ener-
Point Fortin mayor Clyde Paul says there
is no need for Egypt Village residents to
panic over mud that has been bubbling up
in the area over the last few days.
In an interview yesterday, Paul said the
claims by residents that they have been told
not to cook in their homes is totally untrue.
On Wednesday, residents and members
of the Egypt Village business community
told the T&T Guardian they have been kept
in the dark about what appeared to be mud
and water bubbling out of the roadway since
They said they were given notices on the
evacuation procedures in case of an emer-
gency by Lease Operators Ltd, a contractor
to state-owned oil giant, Petrotrin, and a
portion of the road was blocked off, diverting
traffic away from businesses. Several residents
also said they were advised not to cook in
"That is not so---there is one jerk chicken
man who was told not to do anything on
the outside," he said. "People can do normal
cooking in the kitchen, there is no need to
panic because there is no threat to human
health and safety at this time."
He said in any case the owner of the jerk
chicken shed violated Petrotrin s policy about
building too close to gas lines.
"People know they are not supposed to
build or construct anything less than 100
metres from the gas lines, that is why he
can t operate his business at this time."
He said statements made by the members
of the business community that they were
losing business were not true.
"The only problem is the minor incon-
venience to get in and out of Point Fortin
and it has just been two days. The diversion
routes has traffic going back to the business
district. People like to dramatise things too
much, if anything they could be gaining from
Paul said he would not support them in
their call for compensation as the bubbling
was no fault of Petrotrin and there was no
one to blame for the occurrence.
"No, I will not support that. It is not gas
and these people are trying to take advantage
of a natural situation. If you have an earth-
quake and you get damaged, who are you
going to claim from?"
He is also calling on the University of the
West Indies (UWI) seismic research centre
to assist Lease Operators Ltd and Petrotrin
in determining whether the bubbling is a
sign of volcanic activity.
"Muddy water has seeped out but not in
large quantities. It seems it is a kind of vol-
canic activity, I feel that people in UWI s
Seismic Unit should come in and assist in
determining what it is. Petrotrin has taken
some samples but it has not yet determined
the content of the sample."
As the September 7 general election
approaches, the UNC has launched a new poster
campaign against Opposition Leader Dr Keith
Rowley in his own constituency of Diego Martin
UNC campaign manager and former ambas-
sador to the UN Rodney Charles went outside
the new Carenage Health Centre, still under con-
with the poster
elected as the
cut healthcare in the country. Rowley has been
saying on the platform that it was prudent for
the Government to spend less in the wake of
prevailing economic conditions.
Charles said: "We are launching a new poster
campaign that will be going up on billboards
around the country, exposing Rowley s plan to
cut important funding for healthcare services."
He said the campaign s objective was to show
that Rowley had no vision for the country.
Big bucks to be spent
on renewable energy
Project engineer Leola Le Gendre gives Minister of Energy Kevin Ramnarine, left, and
Minister of Tertiary Education Fazal Karim, a tour of the Solar House UTT Energy Campus,
Point Lisas, on Tuesday evening. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
New UNC poster against Rowley
UNC campaign manager Rodney Charles stands next to the UNC poster against
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley outside the Carenage Health Centre on
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