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Drilling rigs for geothermal projects on Nevis to arrive in October

Approaching the port at Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis/ Caribbean (source: flickr/ Daniel Farrell, creative commons)
Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 26 Sep 2016

It is expected that the drilling rigs for the Nevis geothermal project will arrive in a couple weeks and drilling could start this fall.

During a meeting last week, the Premier of Nevis the Hon. Vance Amory that Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI), the developer of the geothermal project on the island, will soon bring drilling rigs into Nevis to begin setting to produce geothermal energy.

“The developers that we have contracted to develop the program here in Nevis will have their drill rigs in Nevis at the end of September or at latest the middle of October,” Premier Amory said. “They will then carry out the necessary exploration to complete the production wells.”

The Minister of Tourism Hon. Mark Brantley issued a press release announcing Nevis will “switch on “geothermal by December 2017.” “That means that when the plant switches on in December 2017, 100 per cent of Nevis’ electricity will be supplied by renewables,” the minister said.

Former Minister of Energy Carlise Powell, though has raised that the start of operation of the project is more likely to happen in early 2018. Powell steered the first geothermal project in Nevis with West Indies Power (WIP).

Source: St. Kitts Nevis Observer