Survey of Energy Resources 2007
OTEC Country Notes
In 1981 it was reported that the Swedish and Norwegian Governments, along with a consortium of Scandinavian companies, had agreed to provide the finance required for feasibility studies towards an OTEC pilot plant to be located in Jamaica.
In a reference to OTEC, the National Energy Plan (circa 1981) stated that 'a 10 MW plant was envisioned in the late 1980s'. Although this project never came to fruition, a plan remains in place for an offshore 10 MW plant producing energy and fresh water. For implementation to take place, purchasing agreements from the power and water utility companies need to be in place.
There was further discussion regarding Jamaica's ocean thermal resource at the beginning of 2005 and the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce continues to list OTEC as a possible energy supply to the island, but to date there has been no development.