Renewable energy– as HECI seeks authorisation from GEARegion One’s Hosororo Creek has been targeted by the Hinterland Electrification Company Incorporated (HECI) as the site for construction of a hydropower plant. Application for the requisite licence is currently before the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA).According to the gazetted notice, HECI wants the requisite licence to construct and operate a 20-kilowatt hydropower facility at Hosororo. According to the notice, the energy derived therefrom will be used to supply the Mabaruma Power Company.The notice also informs that “any person may, within 21 days of the first publication of this notice, lodge with the Chief Executive Officer of the Guyana Energy Agency a petition to the Minister, objecting to the grant of the licence.”Located in Guyana’s administrative area known as Region One, the Barima/Waini region, Hosororo has been touted as a tourist destination. It has a waterfall at which work on creating a hydropower facility to service nearby communities was carried out years ago.HECI is under the dominion of the Public Infrastructure Ministry (MPI). Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson has only recently provided updates on a number of multi-million-dollar hydro and solar power projects that had seemingly been gathering dust somewhere.Patterson has also spoken of a US$3.8 million solar farm, to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and constructed at Bartica, Region Seven. The minister has indicated that construction of this farm would be completed by the end of 2018.Meanwhile, the private developer of the Tumatumari hydro project has been given a deadline to reach financial closure with the project’s investors. By the time this deadline has arrived, all agreements are expected to have been signed and conditions met in order to allow for the dispensing of funds.Patterson has noted that if that developer — in this case the Tumatumari Hydro Inc — proves unable to meet the July month end deadline set by the state for financial closure to the project, Government would take over the project.In regard to the US$2 million Kato hydropower project, Patterson has said that funding has been secured for the project and work will commence when the weather permits.He has also spoken of securing funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish photo-voltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma (US$1.8 million), Kwakwani (US$2.6 million) and Matthews Ridge (US$2 million).Renewable energy targetsPatterson has provided a breakdown of all the photo-voltaic solar systems they have been installed on Government buildings. Referring to President Granger’s March visit to India to attend the International Solar Alliance (ISA) Founding Conference and Solar Summit, he has said that now that Guyana is a member of this alliance, a line of credit of approximately US$15 million will be available to Guyana.While it has not as yet been allocated, Patterson noted that the idea is to provide funding to utility scale energy for indigenous villages to the tune of four megawatts.He revealed that the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples Affairs and the Ministry of Communities will identify these villages. All of this, according to Patterson, culminates in certain targets the Government is trying to meet in renewable energy installation.“So, by the end of 2018, we would have installed about five megawatts of renewable energy; and that’s a commendable feat, coming from 2015 with zero,” Patterson has indicated. “And then, by the end of 2020, when all these projects would have been completed, there would be 29 or 30 megawatts,” he expanded.“So we’re well on our way to achieving our target of trying to become as 100 per cent renewable energy-(powered) as (is) possible. So we have made progress, and we’re just about four or five per cent (completed) at the end of 2018, (but) we’ll triple that by the end of 2020,” Patterson had said.
Cut in two: The lengthening process of Silversea’s Silver SpiritCut in two: The lengthening process of Silversea’s Silver SpiritA great spectacle of naval engineering, Silversea’s Silver Spirit has been cut in two at Fincantieri Shipyard in Palermo as part of her planned lengthening. A prebuilt 15-metre (49-feet) segment has been inserted and the ship is now being reconnected. With the aim of amplifying guests’ on-board experience, the rare lengthening project will create more space in public areas and will enhance Silver Spirit’s facilities. Leoluca Orlando, the Mayor of Palermo welcomed the ship, and members of the international press, representatives of Silversea and Fincantieri, and other VIP guests were in attendance at two celebratory ceremonies, as the ship’s transformation got underway in Sicily on 10 and 11 March.An air of excitement was cast over the shipyard as those present witnessed the dissection of the 36,009-ton ship, as well as the manoeuvering of the vast new mid-section into place. These important stages of the project ran with military precision, which pays testament to the quality of operations at the world-leading Fincantieri Shipyard. A rarely performed feat of maritime architecture, this type of lengthening has never before been employed for the extension of a luxury cruise ship.“Witnessing these breathtaking phases of the Silver Spirit lengthening project has filled us with pride and excitement,” said Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer of Silversea. “This ambitious project will amplify the on-board features that matter most to our guests. We are taking our flagship, Silver Muse – which was delivered by Fincantieri in April last year – as the point of inspiration for a fleet-wide renovation programme. The lengthening and refurbishment of Silver Spirit will replicate the modern elegance of our latest vessel to make for a more luxurious travelling experience. We are eager to share the new and improved layout of our cherished ship with our valued guests.”Over 500 skilled workers will spend approximately 450,000 man hours completing the ambitious project, which is due to conclude on 5 May 2018, and will see Silver Spirit lengthened to 210.7m (691.3 ft.). Approximately 846 tons of steel, 110,000m (360,892 ft.) of cabling, and 8,000m (26,247 ft.) of piping will be put to use in the lengthening, as Silver Spirit’s capacity increases by roughly 12 percent, resulting in an overall dining capacity increase of 15 percent and a 20 percent increase in outdoor seating (from 200 to 266).A new 8-restaurant configuration will replace the existing culinary infrastructure, with varying dining concepts introduced: Atlantide, Indochine, Silver Note, Spaccanapoli, will complement the pre-existing Seishin, La Dame, La Terrazza and The Grill.Outside, the pool area on the sky deck will increase in length (from 30 to 45m / 98 to 148 ft.) to offer additional space for relaxing under the sun and a new aerobics area will also be created. Inside, the Zagara Spa concept will be installed, as will a new free weights room which will complement the upgraded fitness centre. The Arts Café and Dolce Vita – two new, sophisticated public spaces – will improve the on-board entertainment options. All suites will be refurbished to ensure the trademark Silversea level of quality is maintained.Prior to Silver Spirit’s arrival in Palermo, the ship docked in Chania, Crete, where Silversea made a charitable donation of used furniture to a number of the island’s worthy causes. As a destination visited by Silversea’s cruises and as an island in need, Chania was identified as a deserving recipient of the donation. In total, 11 containers were filled with 4,652 items from the ship – including sofas, chairs, curtains, computers, and more. The donated articles will be put to use for social welfare purposes in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and other institutions across the island. Impacting on the lives of many, the gesture from Silversea will strengthen relations between the cruise company and the island’s authorities at a time when Chania’s social structures need all the help they can get.Not only will Silver Spirit increase in length, but she will also increase in comfort. From an enhancement and a re-imagination of the ship’s public spaces to an increase in the number and quality of suites, each aspect of the lengthening project has been designed with guest enjoyment in mind. Based on the chic décor found aboard Silver Muse, Silver Spirit will benefit from beautiful interior design upgrades throughout.Departing on 6 May, 2018, Silver Spirit will recommence her service with a seven-day cruise between Civitavecchia (Rome) and Barcelona. Fares start at AUD$9, 100* per person, based on double occupancy in a Deluxe Veranda Suite with special savings available for those booking before 31 March.– View the itinerary here– Discover more information about the refurbished Silver Spirit– Watch the video here*Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 0800 701 427 (New Zealand), or visit www.silversea.comSource = Silversea Cruises