PALAU, JAPANESE DISCUSS DESALINATION PLANS

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KOROR, Palau (June 6, 2002 - Palau Horizon/PINA Nius Online)---Palau Minister of Administration Elbuchel Sadang has met with Japanese officials to prepare for the Palau forum on the desalination of seawater using natural energy.

The forum will be held in Palau on October 15.

Japan’s Saga Prefecture will host a similar forum in March 2003.

Both gatherings are in preparation for the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto, Japan, in 2003.

Sadang expressed his great appreciation to Japan's Saga University delegation for their support of Palau as it prepares for "this very significant conference" on new desalination technologies.

He said this specifically includes the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology.

This is an alternative energy system that creates no greenhouse gases in line with the Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol. Its use results in the development of a unique water by-product that can greatly benefit aquaculture development.

Saga University is a world leader in the development of this technology.

Saga University will provide the major funding for the conference in Palau. The Asian Development Bank and the government of Palau are also co-sponsoring the conference.

According to Sadang, Palau has submitted a grant request to the Japanese government for a pilot plant.

It is hopeful that the outcome of the Palau meeting, as well as follow-up meetings in Saga and Kyoto, will establish a strong foundation for the use of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.

It is hopeful Palau will have one of the world’s first Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion projects.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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