CUC says the future of electricity in Cayman is bright and cheaper. During the ceremonial opening and hand over of their two news engines CUC President and CEO Richard Hew said the engines will increase the company’s efficiency and reliability – in other-words fewer blackouts and cheaper bills.
The two massive German engines were hauled from the dock and transported in by in over to the CUC headquarters seven months ago. On Tuesday (June 21) the engine were officially turned over to CUC.
“It is something that we should all feel proud of and it will deliver positive benefits to our customers,” said Mr Hew. He added, “It will mean a lower threat of CUC not being able to meet demand – so reliability basically. It will also mean much higher fuel efficiency.”
As the go green movement in Cayman continues to grow, Mr Hew says the new engines should not be confused as a sign of a lack of interest in going green. He says the new engines are an expansion, rather than up grade to older models that were long over.
He told Cayman 27, “It’s not all to meet future growth, it’s replacing some of the existing capacity with more fuel efficiency and definitely bringing online these new units will not stymie our efforts to renewable’s and bringing new renewable’s on-line.”
Both engines produce 18.5 megawatts each, they also both have a waste heat recovery turbine system that produces an additional 2.9 megawatts.
All together the new units producer 40 megawatts of electricity.