WILLEMSTAD, Curacao - Sr. Ms. Pelican Tuesday six new mooring buoys under water placed around the island of St. Eustatius. The buoys are used for mooring vessels for marine ecological research. The buoys are also used by the dive centers that generate a source of income for the island. The monsters weigh five tons each and offer a good opportunity for various mooring vessels.

The buoys are placed in close cooperation with STENAPA (St. Eustatius National Parks).

Caribbean Netherlands - State secretary Knops (Interior and Kingdom Relations) is visiting the three Windward Islands from Monday, November 27 th, until Sunday, December 3rd .The visit is divided intwo parts. From November 27th until November 30th, the State Secretary first has his own program. Afterwards, he accompanies his Majesty the King and her Majesty Queen Máxima, who will pay a visit to St. Maarten, St. Eustatius and Saba from November 30th until December 2nd.

During his own program of this first visit, State Secretary Knops will have talks with officials, representatives of the business community and NGOs on reconstruction needed as a result of Hurricane Irma. He also visits various organizations and institutions on the islands

CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS - His Majesty King Willem-Alexander and Her Majesty Queen Máxima will visit the islands of Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December. The royal couple will be accompanied on this trip by the State Secretary for the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Raymond Knops.

ST. EUSTATIUS - The St. Eustatius Lions Club and the Reconstruction Team have formally entered into an agreement for the rebuilding of the damages caused to the Mike van Putten Youth Centre and a social project for the rebuilding of a dwelling of someone less fortunate. 

ST. EUSTATIUS - On St. Eustatius, one of the three Public Entities of the Caribbean Netherlands, on the 15th of November a solar park will be officially put into use that can supply the entire island with electricity during the day until after sunset. Thanks to the park, the use of diesel generators, which until recently produced all electricity, can now be reduced by almost half.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate has funded the solar park with a subsidy of over USD 14.1 million. This corresponds to almost USD 7,900 for each of the 1800 households and companies whom the investment from the Dutch Government will benefit.

In addition to the solar panels the park has an innovative battery storage of 2.6 MW / 5.9 MWh that can keep the grid stable without the diesel generators. On sunny days from 9.00 AM until 8.00 PM the solar park is responsible for the entire power production.

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