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INSTALLATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS AT OISTINS BAY GARDENS.

INSTALLATION OF PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS AT OISTINS BAY GARDENS.

Long-term, BNOC will be an international provider of renewables knowledge and experience. “We’re not only looking at our national contribution on-island, but having the expertise and capability that we can also use regionally and internationally when and where it’s needed,” says Mr. Goddard. “Barbados is relatively small, so our systems do not need that much maintenance once they’re installed correctly. This means we can look for investment opportunities in other places.” ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY FACILITIES BNOC’s growing commitment to the environment doesn’t stop with renewables. Their new mechanics workshop is designed with energy savings in mind. “We decided to use a natural gas air conditioning systems, for one thing,” says Mr. Goddard. “It’s cleaner, easier to maintain, and it’s a product we can already source on-site. We put 30kW of solar on the roof of that building.

It has low-flow water systems as well, and sensors which allow the lights and the AC to turn off when a room is unoccupied.” Then in their drilling operations, BNOC do everything possible to mitigate impacts to the environment. “We’re very proactive in ensuring compliance to be more environmentally friendly,” says Mr. Goddard. “Water samples are taken regularly downstream of the pumping units, and we’re very involved with our regulators from the government’s Environmental Protection Department.” In fact, BNOC collaborates closely with the Barbadian government to contribute

to the development of renewables. “We’re a key stakeholder in terms of progressive energy policy and sustainable energy development for our country,” says Mr. Goddard. FORWARD-LOOKING COMPANY For Mr. Goddard, one of the main points of pride in his work with BNOC is the company’s involvement with sustainable energy and the community. “There was a time a couple of years ago when Oistins Bay Gardens facility was having issues with their electricity, but because they had the solar system, they were still able to keep going. I’m very happy we were able to do that. People know now that BNOC is not only an oil company, but we’re also increasingly involved in renewable energy. We’re growing this arm of the company, and building more in-house capacity. Within three to five years, I’d expect the Renewable Energy Department to be comparable to our oil and gas operations, because that capacity is needed regionally.” c SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

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