January 21, 2020 – Curacao Medical Center (CMC) signs Head of Terms with Zakito

WILLEMSTAD – Zakito District Cooling intends to provide cooling to all the suitable, basically centralized cooled, buildings between Rif and Piscadera, such as the Dreams hotel, World Trade Center Curaçao, Sentro Mediko Otrabanda, Residence Piscadera, Renaissance, and the Curacao Medical Center.

Dito Garmers (Managing Director, Curacao Medical Center): “Curacao Medical Center has a state of the art and reliable air-conditioning system. Given the financial limits of our health care system CMC is continuously looking for ways to lower operational costs while maintaining reliability and quality requirements. The realisation of Zakito District Cooling gives us this opportunity without any additional investments. Zakito District Cooling, will besides lowering our cost, make our activities less sensitive to the ever-fluctuating energy costs.

Cooling with our current air-conditioning system amounts to ca. 70-80% of our total energy costs. As the Zakito District Cooling is a sustainable cooling source, it will substantially reduce our Carbon Footprint and impact on Global Warming, making CMC one of the most sustainable hospitals in the region.”

Gilbert Gouverneur (Director Zakito District Cooling) “We are very pleased with this important step by CMC and hope to be able to finalize the final cooling agreement soon. Our planning is to have all final contracts signed by the end of February, in order to reach financial closure and start construction. There is still a limited amount of capacity left to connect new customers to the primary circuit for which we are in discussions with several interested parties.

Deep seawater is one of the most reliable, sustainable and cost stable energy sources in the world. Especially for island nations, deep seawater is a valuable source of growth. With large scale seawater projects like this it will be possible to also develop the spinoff potential which could provide all the vegetables (greenhouses) and seafood (aquaculture) for the island, a potential new economic pillar for Curaçao.

In the Deep Seawater Industry platform together with other local public and private stakeholders, we are also working to promote and develop a Deep Sea Water Industry that will incentivize new economic and productive activities, and promote research and development. Expected annual direct and indirect contribution for Curacao is 50-100MUSD with 400-600 jobs.

Deep Seawater technology is a logical option in the journey towards green and more self-sufficient islands, independent of foreign influences like fuel and food markets.”

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