Hawaii Awarded Major New OTEC Project

Senator Spark Matsunaga (DHawaii) announced recently that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has selected the Hawaiian Dredging and Construction Company, a subsidiary of Dillingham Corporation of Honolulu, as the lead company for the $7.6-million ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) cold water pipe at-sea project. This is the second largest OTEC project ever awarded, and the largest directly involving a Hawaii firm, said Senator Matsunaga.

A $600,000 contract has been let for the design phase of the project. The NOAA Office of Ocean Technology and Engineering Services, which will oversee the test, noted that an estimated $7 million has also been allotted for pipe construction, platform alterations, instrumentation, deployment, and testing of the pipe and data analysis. The pipe itself will be 10 feet in diameter, 1,000 feet long, and will be built out of fiberglass.

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