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Nevis geothermal as part of bigger development

Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 16 Feb 2009

Geothermal as part of the bigger picture of change to the island of St. Kitts, is the story in a recent article in The Independent in the UK.

Geothermal as part of the bigger picture of change to the island of St. Kitts, is the story in a recent article in The Independent in the UK.

While describing new direct flights from British Airways and making the island a tourist hub, it also talks about the role of geothermal for this island state in the Caribbean. It talks about the planned “geothermal energy plant”, which will be “the first in the east Caribbean and is set to make the island self-sufficient in electricity by next year.

“Nevis has the best geothermal potential I’ve ever seen,” says Kerry McDonald, engineer and chief executive of West Indies Power. “We don’t have to drill too deep and there are no mineral by-products to deal with. It’s like we’ve struck gold.”

The plant will be able to supply electricity to St Kitts from 2011, and other islands are expressing interest. Locals are being trained, which would encourage young islanders to stay.

Source: The Independent.co.uk