Photos: Bermuda Delegation Tours Azores Sites

May 4, 2016

Following yesterday’s [May 3] Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] signing between the Governments of Bermuda and the Azores, Premier Michael Dunkley and the Bermuda delegation engaged in a full slate of activities to see the cultural and natural landmarks of the Island and to learn about the Azores’ business and technology sectors.

“Yesterday included a tour of the Pico Vermelho Geothermal Power Station; a stop at the Gorreana Tea facilities; a visit to NONAGON – São Miguel Science and Technology Park, and tours of the Image of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres – Lord Holy Christ of Miracles – and a dairy farm holding, respectively,” a spokesperson said.

“The public will be aware that the Premier is accompanied to the Azores by the Hon. Trevor G. Moniz, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Dr. Derrick Binns, Secretary to the Cabinet and Kimberley Durrant, the Bermuda Government’s London Office Representative.

“One of the key highlights for the group was a presentation by the Directors of the Geothermal Power Station. The Bermuda delegation was impressed to learn about the Azores’ efforts to utilize its natural resources for renewal energy.

“The power station’s Directors shared that the Azores will achieve its 60% renewable energy mark by utilizing the hot water reservoir under one of its many active volcanoes.

“Meanwhile the delegation met with the the Board of Directors for the Azores Business Development Society when they stopped in at the Sao Miguel Science and Technology Park.

“The Premier and Bermuda guests were advised that the technology park is focused on developing a centre for innovation and skills for emerging entrepreneurs.

“The value of such a park allows a centre dedicated to developing innovation by providing facilities for young businesses. Most importantly, the Bermuda group were advised that the centre is a venue to encourage networking amongst start-up companies.

“Rounding out yesterday’s activities was a visit to the Image of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres. It should be noted that the Bermuda delegation was afforded the special privilege of witnessing the Lord Holy Christ of Miracles statue, which is only shown in public once a year.

“Last evening, the Premier and Bermuda delegation attended an official dinner which was hosted by President of the Azores, the Hon. Vasco Cordeiro, and today, the group continues their visits and meetings in the Azores.”

Photos courtesy of José António Rodrigues:

Dairy farm holding

Geothermal power plant

Lord Holy Christ of Miracles (1)

Lord Holy Christ of Miracles (2)

Lord Holy Christ of Miracles

Sao Miguel Science and Technology Park

Tea facility 1

Tea facility 2

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  1. San George says:

    Enjoy – he can’t lead them into a General Election.

  2. Looks like a toss up with Bermuda being a little Azores or a little Canada.

    • Anbu says:

      jealous much onion? Why so hostile towards them?

    • wahoo says:

      You sound like a little girl. WTF does your comment even mean?

    • Reg says:

      Does that signed memorandum of understanding mean that Bermudians can travel and work freely in Portugal and the Azores like the Portuguese are allowed to do in Bermuda? Bermuda is a tiny place in comparison to Portugal.

  3. Maddog says:

    jealous……cause they work like dogs and make money, live frugally and therefore generate wealth. Not to mention sticking together and supporting one another….other cultures….espically Bermudians (and I am one so don’t go there) should take a page from their book.

  4. Seascape says:

    Beautiful!!! This made me realize how much I miss visiting the Azores. I hope I can do so again very soon.

  5. Jason says:

    What happen when they used to tell us the costs of each trip….. Knew that wouldn’t last long ….

  6. Vamos says:

    Same drinking water as Bermuda.

  7. Average Bermudian says:

    fey ?


  8. Kathy says:

    While you are across the pond, Premier Dunkley, can you also divert to Graciosa Island and see how they are converting to 100% renewable energy? It is one of the first in the world and it is an opportunity not to be missed if you are already in the Azores. If you need a tour, I can arrange one for you!!!

    The new, hybrid power system they are installing on Graciosa can immediately use up to 100 percent sun and wind power. The Diesel generators will only be needed for back-up in weeks with very poor weather conditions. This means they can cover an annual average of up to 65 percent of the island’s power demand with renewables.

    The project reduces the overall cost of energy. Unlike most wind and solar projects up to now, the transition to renewables will not be financed by a feed-in tariff that is then borne by all electricity customers. Instead, the project company running the clean energy system will receive a portion of the money, which the Diesel fuel would have otherwise cost, creating a win-win situation for all stakeholders.

    CHECK IT OUT!!! Get more bang out of our buck for your trip to the Azores with a pit stop at Graciosa! Thanks, Premier!

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