Power to the islands in the Caribbean

By Peter Stewart 31 July 2017
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The Point Fortin plant can deliver LNG to the Caribbean, but only at a comparatively high price. (Shell) The Point Fortin plant can deliver LNG to the Caribbean, but only at a comparatively high price. (Shell)

Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean are transitioning from legacy energy supplies based on refined products to renewable sources including solar, wind and biofuels. The region also has significant oil and gas potential, but unresolved border issues have discouraged its exploitation.

Whereas gas is being hailed by IOCs as the fuel of the future because it can support growth in renewables by reducing intermittency problems, the high cost of delivering gas to the islands makes it unviable in economic terms in the Caribbean.

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