You are currently browsing the monthly archive for October 2009.

Two (2) more local Refrigeration and Air-Condition technicians are the beneficiaries of a training workshop in Hydrocarbon Refrigerant Technology held in St. Lucia.

The two technicians, Mr. E. Gordon Sylvester of Sauteurs and Mr. Rawle Hayling attached to the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) left Grenada on Monday October 26th, 2009 for St. Lucia.

This training workshop in Hydrocarbon Technology is being organized by the National Ozone Unit of St. Lucia in conjunction with Environment Canada and will take place from October 27th – 29th at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and will be conducted by Mr. Horace Nelson, Lecturer at the University of Technology, Jamaica and Mr. Michael Harte of St. Lucia.

Among the many topics the participants would be trained in are:

• Properties of hydrocarbons

• General safety considerations

• Methods of refrigerant recovery

• Retrofitting to Hydrocarbons

Only recently, two other local technicians have returned from a similar workshop in Belize. These training activities are part of Grenada’s Refrigerant Management Plan to prepare Refrigeration and Air-condition technicians for the phasing out of CFC type refrigerants and the introduction of new and alternative ozone friendly alternatives to the local refrigeration and air-condition industry.

Hydrocarbon technology has the advantages of low ozone depleting potential (ODP), low global warming potential (GWP) and energy efficient.

The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) invites all members of the association as well as all refrigeration and air-condition technicians in Grenada to its Annual General Meeting scheduled for Thursday October 29th, 2009 at the Teachers Education Conference Room, T A Marryshow Community College. The meeting will start at 5:00 p.m.

The main items on the agenda of the meeting are:

• The President’s report

• Distribution of certificates to participants of the recently concluded training in Good Refrigeration Practices

• Distribution of membership ID cards

• Presentation and discussion on local and regional training opportunities for technicians

• Membership drive and registration

There will also be a feature address by Guest Speaker, Dr. Alfred Mitchell an Engineering Specialist. Dr. Mitchell will address the meeting on the topic: “Business and Economic implications and opportunities arising from the adaptation new non-ozone depleting technologies”.

Technicians are urged to make a special effort to attend and to be on time.

Light refreshments will be served.

Two of Grenada’s refrigeration and air-condition technicians returned home on the week end after attending a three (3) day training workshop in Hydrocarbon Refrigerants and Technology for Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technicians in Belize from October 13th – 15th, 2009.

The two (2) technicians who attended the workshop are Mr. Michael Cadore, refrigeration and air-condition lecturer at T A Marryshow Community College and Mr. Henry Frederick attached to the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The workshop was organized by the National Ozone Unit in the Department of the Environment of Belize in collaboration with the UNDP Country Office in the form of a train the trainers’ workshop. The practical sessions of the workshop were held at the refrigeration workshop of the Institute for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) in Belize City.

Mr. Daniel Colbourne, International Consultant from the United Kingdom , conducted the workshop on alternative refrigerants with emphasis in Hydrocarbon technology specifically targeting refrigeration and air conditioning technicians.

The participants were exposed to training in the following areas:

• Theoretical and practical sessions on replacement of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) with hydrocarbons.

• Practical applications of Hydrocarbons in the refrigeration servicing sector.

• The safe handling and equipment design for hydrocarbon refrigerants.

• Methodology for the conducting risk assessments for systems and equipment using hydrocarbon refrigerants.

Prior to the workshop, site visits to different refrigeration installations and a stakeholder consultation with refrigerant importers, technicians, and government officials were conducted.

The two local technicians would be conducting similar workshops to impart the knowledge and information gained to local technicians during the month of November.

The Grenada Refrigeration, Air-Condition and Ventilating Association (GRAVA) in conjunction with the National Ozone Unit (NOU) of Grenada have just completed a training workshop in Good Refrigeration Practices for local technicians. Fifteen (15) technicians participated in the two day workshop which was held on Saturday October 10 th and Saturday October 17th, 2009 at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in St. George’s.

The workshop included a theoretical component and a six (6) hour practical demonstration. This is part of Grenada’s Terminal Phase out Management Plan (TPMP) for phasing-out CFC refrigerants by the year 2010. This TPMP is administered and co-ordinated by the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Finance.

Technicians were trained on a wide range of topics related to Good Refrigeration Practices.

Among the topics covered were:

• The Montreal Protocol and the phasing out of Refrigerants

• Environmental Protection (ODP, GWP, EER)

• Working Safely with Refrigerants,

• Maintenance of RAC equipment

• Record Keeping

• Refrigerant Oils

• Methods of Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling

Practical: Use of Recovery Machines (including MAC sector), electronic identifiers, electronic scales, vacuum pumps, leak detectors etc. to conduct practical demonstration and training in:

Retrofitting Auto A/C from R12 to Natural Refrigerant

Retrofitting Split A/C to Natural Refrigerant

Retrofitting Reach- In Commercial Chiller

Retrofitting Domestic Refrigerator



The training workshop was conducted by the President of the Grenada Refrigeration, Air-condition and Ventilating Association, Mr. Michael Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is one of several locally Certified Trainers and is a Technical Consultant on the Terminal Phase-out Management Plan for CFC refrigerants with the National Ozone Unit of Grenada.

Among the participants at the training were technicians from some of the major hotels, the St. George’s University, local refrigeration and air-condition companies and private individuals. One overseas participant from the island of Tortola also attended the training.

At the end of the training the participants were evaluated by completing two examination papers and a practical examination in recovery, recycling and retrofitting. Successful participants will be provided with a Certificate of Competency in Good Refrigeration Practices by GRAVA. Unsuccessful participants will be provided with Certificates of Participation. All certificates will be presented at the Annual General Meeting of GRAVA on Thursday October 29th, 2009.

The next training workshop in Good Refrigeration Practices is scheduled for Saturday October 24th and Saturday October 31st, 2009.

To view pictures of the technicians in training please copy and paste this site in your web browser: in Good Refrigeration Practices

Following is a list of persons who received the training:

Karvin Johnson Spice Isle Beach Resort

Trevor Andrew Spice Isle Beach Resort

Dave Pierre Riley’s Electrical

Michael Fraser Courts Grenada Ltd

Joseph Parris St. George’s University

Godwin Andall St. George’s University

Nigel Greenidge St. George’s University

John Campbell St. George’s University

Learie Roberts St. George’s University

Ricardo Francis St. George’s University

Finbar Gludd Self Employed (Tortolla)

Chad Walcott Total Engineering

Keith Hosten G.G.C.S. Ltd

Melville Mitchell Geo. F. Huggins

Marlon Phillip Geo. F. Huggins

At a Press Conference held by the National Ozone Unit at the Ministry of Finance Conference Room on Thursday October 1st, 2009, two (2) local Refrigeration and Air-condition technicians who are selected by the National Ozone Unit to represent the Refrigeration and Air-condition industry, were presented with travel documents and course material to attend a three (3) day training workshop in Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Belize, from October 13th – 15th, 2009.

The two (2) technicians selected to attend the workshop are: Mr. Michael Cadore, Refrigeration and Air-condition lecturer at the T A Marryshow Community College and Mr. Henry Frederick attached to the Maintenance Department of the Maurice Bishop International Airport.

The two technicians will leave Grenada on October 11th, 2009 for Belize City. This training workshop is part of the Terminal Phase-out Management for chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) undertaken by Article V countries of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and is being organized by the National Ozone Unit of Belize in conjunction with the United Nations Environment Programme/Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNEP/ROLAC).

Hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants have been identified as a viable replacement alternative for many CFC and hydroclorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants that have either high Ozone Depleting Potential (ODP) and/or high Global Warming Potential (GWP). Hydrocarbons as refrigerants are well known for their low ODP and GWP as well as their energy efficiency

This technology although not being new to Grenada has been gaining very rapid acceptance and popularity in its implementation.

Both Mr. Cadore and Mr. Frederick, on their return will be conducting two similar workshops for local technicians.

Funding for the technicians participation in the workshop has been made possible through the National Ozone Unit as part of the Terminal Phase out Management Plan for CFCs that is funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This funding covers air travel, ground transportation, accommodation, meals and other incidental costs.

October 2009

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.