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November 26, 2015

Mauritius and Australia Agree to Cooperate in Marine Renewable Energy

Mauritius and Australia signed yesterday in Port Louis an agreement on Assessing Wave Energy and Micro Grid in Mauritius. A study will be conducted by the Australian firm Carnegie Wave Energy Limited. To this effect, a funding proposal of about AUD $ 990 000 was endorsed for the project.

The signatories were the Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Vishu Lutchmeenaraidoo and the Australian High Commissioner in Mauritius, Mrs Susan Coles, in the presence of the Chief Operating Officer of Carnegie Wave Energy Limited, Mr Greg Allen.

The agreement reiterates the emerging cooperation between Australia and Mauritius in developing the Blue economy, one of the three key pillars of the New Economic Strategy; the other two pillars being the Maritime hub and the economic integration within the region and Africa.

The agreement is a follow up to a Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Mauritius Research Council in June this year with focus on three key areas. They are namely: the delivery of a renewable energy roadmap for Mauritius, including technical, commercial and financial feasibility of high penetration renewable energy; the assessment of the Mauritian wave energy project; and the design of a microgrid powered desalination plant in Mauritius and Rodrigues.

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