Following the mandate given to the NEC (National Energy Corporation) by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, a feasibility study has been carried out to define the location of some potential areas in which to create an industrial port, in form of new industrial island, able to promote local development, driving a greater socio-economic welfare.
The project keep into account the following sustainability criteria:
Economic sustainability (market demand, value analysis, construction processes and management)
– The new artificial island will be built in two phases, the first to satisfy the demand of industrial areas, the second to involve new investors interested in the project;
– The project will be based on the concept of the industrial port, an integrated system “transport material first – processing – transport processed product” in order to to make effcient the production process, lowering production costs and enhancing competitiveness.
Functional Sustainability (performance approach, environmental quality, technical performance)
– The new artificial island will be shaped to go along with the marine currents, remaining as flexible as possible to enable the establishment of large industries;
– The morphology of the island will have to ensure that each batch for heavy industry has its own shore facilities;
– The bridge that will link the offshore industrial port to the mainland will be raised than the average level of the water lagoon in order to permit the passage of local fishermen boats;
– The design of the master plan will take into account a mix of activities: heavy industry, manufacturing and port activities;
– The road network must guarantee capillarity and mobility distribution of mobility at all established industrial lots.
Environmental sustainability (respect for natural resources, natural tolerability).
– In order to avoid heavy impacts on landscapes, the new buildings shall not exceed the height of the skyline of the urban front, maintaining the typical style of the area, particularly regarding the chromatic aspect of the structures;
– The edge of the island that will not be affected by the implementation of industrial docks will be shaped as a beach surrounded by green to create buffer areas of environmental mitigation;
– The project will allocate adequate surfaces for green and parking areas
– The project will promote the implementation of sustainable industrial development systems such as the “Ecologically Equipped Productive Areas”, for the the effcient use of resources, the reduction of environmental impacts and the interactions between the environment and the surrounding communities.