The use of ocean or deep sea water technology has been discussed globally since the 1960s. Numerous studies and discussions have been conducted in Puerto Rico over the years. However, since the 1980s this matter has remained a forgotten dream. In September 2017, two catastrophic natural disasters, Hurricanes Irma and María, changed the rules of the game related to power generation and the use of new technologies. These events reactivated the idea and opened up new opportunities to explore this untapped resource. Our project reinforces Puerto Rico’s energy public policy with the signing of Law 17-2019, which requires generating 100% of renewable energy by 2050.
The Puerto Rico Ocean Technology Complex (PROTech) is an innovative and regional industrial extension project that will be developed in the eastern part of Puerto Rico, specifically in the municipality of Yabucoa, and will thrive of the responsible use of water for the conversion of ocean thermal energy for various industries such as energy production, aquaculture, agriculture, micro-algae cultivation, refrigeration, among others. PROTech will also provide an opportunity for ecosystem research, both for the academy and private institutions, a recreational, cultural and commercial center, as well as a hospital institution, among others. All these projects will have an eco-friendly approach respecting nature, will be nourished by the supply of saline waters (DSW), and will benefit from the energy production of the project.
Through a technical study, it was determined that the municipality of Yabucoa is the right place for the development of this project because it meets the necessary characteristics, from its strategic geographical location to the extension of land, to promote an initiative of this extent. This innovative concept, which will be the first in the Caribbean and the third in the world, will be the spearhead of economic growth in the southeast region of Puerto Rico, and eventually the Island. The objective is to catapult Puerto Rico into a knowledge context, with responsible infrastructure and in a precinct of planning and technology development, capable of transforming the current energy scenario of the Island and, optimistically speaking, of the world. Both Puerto Rico and the world need to take advanced steps that contribute to their progress.
Qualification Request Process (RFQ)
For the development of PROTech’s master plan, a similar existing project in Hawaii was used as a reference. Based on this model, Technical Consulting, Estudios Técnicos, Makai Engineering and Integra carried out a feasibility study in Puerto Rico. It is estimated that approximately $300 million will be needed for construction as a whole. After the presentation of the master plan, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce, Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, in collaboration with the Land Administration, published a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) to extend the opportunity to possible candidates interested in participating in the development of this innovative project. Those interested in presenting their development plans must be highly qualified entities with previous experience and the ability to design, build, finance, operate and maintain this cutting-edge project.
Interested in the project?
To participate, the bidder must complete each stage of the process complying with the dates established in the calendar:
Step 1: Download the document below and fill it out in its entirety.Download the RFQ
Step 2: Fill out the Bidder Registration Sheet – Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
After completing the RFQ, the bidder as an individual or on behalf of a company, must fill out the form that appears in the lower part in its entirety. We offer the alternative of completing it online or downloading and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 3: Submit your questions on the form – Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
The bidder will have the opportunity to submit all his questions, both about the project and the process, in the form that appears below.
Step 4: Answers to the questions – Friday, August 7, 2020.
The bidder will receive the answers to their questions on or before August 7 from the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC) team.
Step 5: Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) – Friday, August 21, 2020.
The bidder must submit their Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) that establishes the method or manner in which they propose to satisfy the RFQ requirements in the most cost-effective manner. In addition, the document must include a description of the proponent’s experience in providing the same services or services similar to those described in the RFQ.
Step 6: Selection – Monday, August 31, 2020.
After this date, the DEDC team will be making the final decision to subsequently communicate the selected candidate.
Bidder Registration Sheet
Developers and investors interested in participating in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process should complete the online form below. We also offer the alternative to download the document and send it via email to email@example.com on or before Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 3:00 pm.
PROTech Questions Form
Any interested company will have the opportunity to submit their questions, both about the project and the process, on or before Tuesday, July 28, 2020.
Support & reference documents
The following documents are related to the project and will facilitate the process of creating the proposal and the lease application. In addition, the PROTech Situation and Location Plan is presented.
- Guidelines for development proposal submissions
- Property lease request form
- An Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Marine and Hydrokinetic Resource Assessments from 2013
- Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Law – Law No. 17
- Economic Development Briefing Document from the Resilient Puerto Rico Advisory Commission
- Executive Summary from the Economic Development Plan 2018
- Transformation and Innovation in the Wake of Devastation: An Economic and Disaster Recovery Plan for Puerto Rico
- Design Guides for Ecotourism Facilities and Sustainable Tourism
- Resources “Puerto Rico Critical Wildlife Areas”
- Coral Reef Information System of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- Sea Surface Temperature Map (°C) – Suitable Locations for OTEC Development
- Surveys for Coast Bathymetry
- Puerto Yabucoa NOAA Nautical Chart No.25661
- Research and Development Activities of Ocean Thermal Energy-Driven Development in Malaysia