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TCI Government announces launch of offshore wind energy feasibility study

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July 1, 2024, Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – The Government of the Turks and Caicos Islands is pleased to announce the launch of the much-anticipated feasibility study for clean, renewable offshore wind energy in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).

A true pioneering initiative led by the TCI Government’s Energy and Utilities Department, the study will be conducted under the European Union-funded Green Overseas Programme, which is implemented by Expertise France, and in partnership with contractor RICARDO-AEA LIMITED, an ISO-certified global consultancy that delivers strategic, environmental and engineering solutions.

“This exciting project will assess the feasibility of fixed and floating offshore wind energy farms in the waters surrounding Turks and Caicos Islands,” stated Mr. Delano Arthur, Commissioner of TCIG’s Energy and Utilities Department. “The vast and varied waters surrounding our Islands offer great potential for clean, reliable energy generation, boosting renewable energy production while enabling TCI’s limited land availability to be used for other development.”

The study will look at the feasibility of two options for offshore development: fixed offshore wind in the south and southwest of Providenciales Island in shallow waters of 2.5 to 4 metres in depth, and floating offshore wind located north of Providenciales Island in deeper waters of up to 1,000 metres. This comprehensive evaluation aims to identify the most viable options to harness the vast wind resources of the region’s waters. Further, the study will recommend potential development timelines from 2025 to 2040.

A major component of this feasibility study is understanding the environmental aspect, which is crucial to assessing the potential impacts on marine ecosystems, wildlife and coastal environments. RICARDO-AEA LIMITED will conduct environmental feasibility to understand how offshore wind installations might affect local biodiversity.

“Among the challenges the feasibility study will examine are wind resilience to hurricanes and other storm activity,” added Commissioner Arthur. “This project not only represents a commitment to clean energy but also aligns with global efforts to combat climate change and promote sustainable development.”

The feasibility study is in alignment with and supports TCI Vision 2040 and the National Energy Policy.  It also aligns with the Paris Agreement and UN SDG No. 7.

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Firearm and Drug Charges

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July 15th, 2024.

 

SHAIWANZO MISSICK of South Back Salina, Grand Turk, has been charged with six counts of firearm-related offences.

Missick, 30, was charged on July 13 after police officers consulted with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

The offences against Missick are:

  • One Count – Discharging Firearm
  • One Count- Discharging Ammunition
  • One Count-Possession of Firearm with intent to commit a serious offence
  • Two Counts-Possession of Ammunition
  • One Count –Possession of Firearm
  • One Count-Possession of Controlled Drugs
  • One Count- Possession of Controlled Drugs with intent to supply.

The charges against Missick came following a report made on Saturday, 29 June 2024,  following a shooting incident in Breezy Brae.

Officers obtained a warrant and searched the accused’s residence based on the information received.

The RT&CIPF is asking the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity.

Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Five Cays Shooting Update

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#TurksandCaicos, July 19, 2024 – Shortly after noon on July 12th, the Control Room of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force received reports of a shooting in Five Cays, Providenciales. A team of offices was dispatched to Granny Hill.

Upon arrival, several interviews were conducted, and evidential items were retrieved.  Thankfully, no one was injured.

Given the investigation’s sensitivity and lines of inquiry, the RT&CIPF cannot comment further.

We are aware of audio videos and photographs purporting to be the location of where the incident allegedly occurred and ask that persons circulating such be mindful of exposing victims.

The RT&CIPF is again reaching out to the public, emphasising their crucial role in this investigation.

We urge you to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231- 1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously provide any information on this shooting or any illegal activity.

Your cooperation is vital in ensuring justice is served. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the Crime Stoppers P3 app from the Google Play Store or Apple Apps and share information anonymously.

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Discharge of Firearm

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Turks and Caicos – Shortly after 10:00 p.m. on Friday 05th July 2024, the Police Control Room received a report of gunshots being heard at the TCI Disposal and Solid Waste, located along Millennium Highway, Blue Hills.

Officers and medical personnel responded, and based on preliminary investigations, a truck transporting a male occupant entered the dump and started offloading items.

An employee at the dump site confronted the occupant. However, he was shot at.

The employee managed to escape. Thankfully, he was not injured. This remains an active investigation.

The RTCIPF asks the public to notify the closest police station, contact 911, the Serious Crime Unit at 231-1842, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477, and anonymously give any information on illegal activity. Additionally, persons are encouraged to download the CrimeStoppers P3 app and share information anonymously.

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