Nova Scotia Welcomes Tidal Project Activity

first_imgEnergy Minister Barry Barnet welcomed news that Nova Scotia’s in-stream tidal energy project is moving closer to the water. Today, Jan. 22, project partners announced a number of advances, including new tidal technology, a location for turbines in the Bay of Fundy, and an upcoming construction contract. “We applaud these companies for working hard to move the tidal project ahead,” said Mr. Barnet. “The more we can move away from imported, coal-based electricity towards a cleaner local supply, the better it is for our economy and environment.” Minas Basin Pulp and Power Company announced its partnership with United Kingdom-based Marine Current Turbines, a leading developer of tidal technology. Marine Current Turbines recently installed the world’s most powerful in-stream tidal turbine, now operating in Northern Ireland. “This is an exciting partnership — leading technology combined with our company’s outstanding track record in green energy,” said Scott Travers, president and chief operating officer of Minas Basin Pulp and Power. “Renewable power has been a part of our business since 1936, and we look forward to making Nova Scotia’s energy future even greener.” After 12 months and more than $1 million in research, marine energy experts have identified what they believe to be an ideal site for Nova Scotia’s first demonstration turbines. The site is in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy near Black Rock, 10 kilometres west of Parrsboro. It includes: water depths up to 45 metres at low tide a sediment-free bedrock sea floor straight flowing currents water speeds up to 10 metres per second on ebb and flow “These companies still have a lot of work to do before anything can go in the water, including environmental approvals,” said Mr. Barnet. “They face a lot of challenges — new technology, tough environmental expectations, and an unbelievably powerful ocean resource. But from what I’ve seen, they’ve got what it takes.” Research identifies the Bay of Fundy as potentially the best site for tidal power generation in North America, with a world-class resource in close proximity to an existing grid and potential consumers. Nova Scotia’s 2009 Energy Strategy sets a new target of at least 25 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020. In-stream tidal energy has the potential to help meet that target. Marine Current Turbines OpenHydro Clean Current Turbines, from Canada In addition, Nova Scotia Power announced that its technology partner, OpenHydro, has issued a call for bids to construct a subsea base to position their turbine on the ocean floor. The Irish technology developer will review all proposals, including those from potential fabricators in Nova Scotia. Pending environmental approvals, the three initial technology candidates for the Fundy tidal project are:last_img read more

PAHO Director urges more community outreaches in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedC’bean health ministers attending WHO assemblyMay 22, 2018In “latest news”Region 3 health professionals receiving training to reduce maternal deathsOctober 4, 2018In “Health”Brazil commits to Guyana’s fight against Yellow FeverJuly 11, 2017In “Health” Dr. Etienne added, “I am very interested in the strengthening of health systems, in ensuring that health care comes to every person in your community and if you ask me this is the most important component of health services, in general the facilities that deliver not just curative care but very important health promotion and health prevention to the people. It is clear that many of the principles of primary health care are well established here.”According to a GINA report, the main catchment areas of the East La Penitence health centre include health care services to the East La Penitence, North East La Penitence, West La Penitence, East Ruimveldt and Castello Housing scheme areas. The health centre also provides a range of services which include, accommodating outpatients, pediatrics, adolescents, ante natals, chronic diseases patients, teenaged ante natal mothers, family planning and post natal (admission of new born babies and mothers).During the visit Dr. Etienne also made note of the fact that the pharmacy was well stocked with all the basic and necessary drugs and medical supplies. She added that “very soon the ministry will put in a process whereby your stock can be computerised that you will have established levels, where you would have order levels and where you can trace where your supplies are going to.” – during visit to East La Penitence Health CentreThe Director of the Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Dr. Carissa Etienne concluded the agenda of her two day visit to Guyana with a visit to the East LaPenitence Health Centre.The Director was accompanied by the Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, Permanent Secretary Trevor Thomas, Regional Health Services Director Dr. Kay Shako among other health officials.Director of Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne, Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence, Director Regional Health Services Dr. Kay Shako and PAHO/WHO Country Representative Dr. William Adu-Krow with Doctors, Nurses and other health workers attached to the East La Penitence Health CentreThe Director praised the Doctors, Nurses and other Health Workers attached to the facility for the great work output that has been recorded and presented. She explained that the level of care provided at the (community) health centre is the most important level of health care provided within the health system.Dr. Etienne, though pleased with services offered at the facility, pointed to the need for Community outreaches within the health centre’s catchment area. “I think it’s so important that you also have an outreach, that you just don’t sit in the health centre and allow people to come but you actively organise yourself to go out into your communities and to get to see what are the conditions of the home, the environmental conditions that people live with and that you are able to deliver education promotion and to give them advice in their homes and other fields.”The director also highlighted that health centres are key to providing the most effective level of health care which reduces the chances of a patient having to seek medical attention at a district or regional hospital.Director of Pan American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne examines health records at the East La Penitence Health Centre read more