June 12, 2021

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DDEC selects developer for PROtech project


“PROtech is a key project that will give space to multiple emerging sectors based on OTEC technology, which will turn Puerto Rico into one of the main deepwater research and application centers in the world,” explained Laboy Rivera in written communication.

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SAN JUAN – The development project of the Puerto Rico Oceanic Technology Complex, known as PROtech, in Yabucoa will be in charge of the firm WSP USA Building, Inc./ Marvel Architects, after completing the selection process to carry out this important development that will be the center of multiple eco-friendly projects and scientific research, as revealed this Wednesday, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC), Manuel Laboy Rivera.

“We thank the 34 companies that showed interest in being the architects of the world’s largest OTEC pilot plant that will create an ecosystem that integrates research, innovation and economic development through the creation of industries derived from the use of deep water. We selected WSP USA Building, Inc./ Marvel Architects, because the collaboration between these two companies creates a highly qualified team with international experience and the necessary capacity to develop this cutting-edge project ”, explained Laboy Rivera in written communication.

Once the notification of selection of the company is issued, the third phase of the project begins, which consists of a pre-agreement between the selected developer and the Puerto Rico Land Authority (“PRLA”) to begin negotiations for the lease of the land where the will carry out development. This phase also includes feasibility studies, development of the park’s structural design and the beginning of the application for the corresponding permits. This process should end in the second quarter of 2022. Then the fourth phase begins, which includes planning the construction and OTEC systems, among other details. According to the development plans, the project must be in its final phase of searching for tenants and industries by 2027.

“PROtech is a key project that will give space to multiple emerging sectors based on OTEC technology, which will turn Puerto Rico into one of the main deepwater research and application centers in the world. We are confident in the development and success of this project whose master plan we elaborate based on feasibility studies from recognized entities such as: Makai Ocean Engineering, Estudios Técnicos, Integra and Technical Consulting Group, as well as with other government agencies ”, concluded the secretary of the DDEC.

Those interested in obtaining more information can access https://www.ddec.pr.gov/protech/



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