St. George’s, Grenada, August 28th, 2017: The T A Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) in Grenada is the beneficiary of an initiative that resulted in the establishment of a Regional Pilot Training Centre for low-Global Warming Potential (GWP), flammable refrigerant technology. This training centre was officially launched during a ribbon cutting ceremony held at the college on Friday August 25th 2017. The symbolic cutting of the ribbon to mark the official opening of the Centre was done by Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Energy, Mrs. Petra Charles-Joseph.  Mrs. Charles-Joseph was accompanied by Mrs. Ozunimi Iti, representing the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Mrs. Marlene Findlay, Dean of the School of Arts and Applied Technology (SAAT), TAMCC.  Also present at the ceremony were Mr. John Auguste, Senior Energy Officer and Mr. Leslie Smith, National Ozone Officer, whose initiative it was to have the centre established here in Grenada.

The ceremony also formed part of the closing exercises of a four-day Regional Train-the-Trainers workshop in low-GWP flammable refrigerants that was held for refrigeration and air conditioning technicians in five Caribbean countries.

20170829_092745.jpgThis training centre has been equipped with state of the art tools and equipment specifically designed to handle flammable refrigerants.  The total cost of the equipment is in excess of EC 150,000 and include, recovery machines, vacuum pumps, refrigerant identifiers, electronics scales and leak detectors, charging stations, welding machines, multi-meters and several other tools and consumable items required for good refrigeration practices.

The training centre is not only for the benefit of local technicians but also for technical colleges and RAC technicians in the region.

The launch of the training centre is part of a regional project implemented by UNIDO with funding provided by the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal protocol on Substances that Depleted the Ozone Layer.