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.