The first asbestos lab in the Caribbean is a fact

Because of its relatively low cost and useful properties, asbestos was commonly used in the past all over the world. In particular the fireproofing and insulating properties of this natural mineral made it ideally suitable for various applications in constructions and buildings. However, a few decades ago it became clear that asbestos fibers are dangerous. Inhaling them can cause diseases such as asbestosis and lung cancer. The chemical composition and how asbestos fibers are bound determine the level of hazard.

In collaboration with our partners M.M. lab in the Netherlands in the summer of 2016 CEGE launched an asbestos laboratory at the office in Willemstad. This is the first asbestos laboratory which is physically located in the Caribbean. Asbestos identification in bulk materials and adhesive samples (using polarized light microscopy) and air samples (using phase-contrast microscopy) can now be performed on Curacao without sending samples to Europe or America. This results in lower costs and shorter lead times.

Also CEGE provides a visual inspection service and clearance sampling for control of asbestos demolition works (based on NEN 2990). This is in addition to asbestos inventories in buildings and on ships which already were in our service package.

The new website is in the air!

In August 2016 CEGE Caribbean B.V. (CEGE) launches a new website. We are aware of the fact that technological developments and social media play an important role in our society today. The business world is no exception. With this in mind, we have chosen to revive our website and give it a fresh, customer-friendly and more personal appearance. In addition, several new features have been added. One of the most important is the “news feed” which helps our (future) customers to stay up to date on developments within CEGE. With great pride we present our new website. Enjoy it!

Important role CEGE by expanding Windfarm Tera Kora

In August 2016 Wind farms NuCuraçao II B.V. began the expansion of the wind farm Tera Kora with five new wind turbines with a total capacity of 16.5 MW. After completion of the project, the total installed capacity on Curacao will be around 46.5 MW, which accounts for 35% of what is consumed by the local population. CEGE Caribbean plays an important role in this project. We are responsible for concrete quality control and geotechnical studies (nuclear soil density testing and plate load tests). It is a pleasure for us to participate in such a large project.