Status: In Development
The Puerto Rico Ocean Technology Complex (PROTech) is a concept for OTEC and seawater industries developed from a Feasibility Study and updated as a Master Plan. The Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce published a Request for Qualifications for developers in July 2020, and announced candidates in September. The Request for Proposals stage is currently being finalized prior to publishing.
PROTech is envisioned as a multiple use facility on a similar scale to NELHA in Hawaii with Research/Industrial park, OTEC, SWAC, and other facilities. The expected cost of development is 300 million USD. The site selected after the initial feasibility study is 270-acre land parcel near a port in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico.
Major park components include an OTEC facility, seawater air conditioning, deep ocean water industries, and tourism/hospitality related facilities. Although dependent on further planning and research, the current specifications call for a 500kW net onshore OTEC facility with seawater intake construction beginning in 2022-2023.
Source: http://www.ddec.pr.gov/en/protech-rfq/ and Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce
Project Lead: Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce
Feasibility Study Participants:
- Integra Design Group
- Makai Ocean Engineering
- Technical Consulting Group
- Estudios Tecnicos Inc