Survey of Energy Resources 2007
OTEC Country Notes
This group of islands has been the subject of OTEC studies in the UK and in Japan. In 1982 the UK Department of Industry and relevant companies began work on the development of a floating 10 MW closed cycle demonstration plant to be installed in the Caribbean or Pacific. The preferred site was Vanua Levu in Fiji.
At end-1990 a Japanese group undertook an OTEC site survey on the Fijian island of Vitu Levu. Design work on an integrated (OTEC/DOWA) land-based plant was subsequently undertaken.
The studies have not given rise to any firm construction project. However, when the tourist industry grows further, the Vanua Levu site will again be ideal, with cold deep water less than 1 km from shore. The development of the tourist industry will require substantial electrical power, potable water and refrigeration.