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Saba looking at geothermal development on Nevis

Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 1 Feb 2009

Saba, the smallest island of the Netherland Antilles in the Caribbean region, is looking closely at geothermal development on Nevis, as the local SKNVibes reports. As part of the fact finding mission, the energy commissioner of the island Bruce Zagers visited Nevis last week.

Saba, the smallest island of the Netherland Antilles in the Caribbean region, is looking closely at geothermal development on Nevis, as the local SKNVibes reports. As part of the fact finding mission, the energy commissioner of the island Bruce Zagers visited Nevis last week and toured the local geothermal drilling sites.

“Zagers said the progress already made in Nevis has inspired his small island [of five square miles] and government to embark on geothermal drilling.” He told reporters that Saba’s potential to produce geothermal energy has already been explored and a large reservoir has been identified.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of West Indies Power Holdings, Kerry McDonald said Saba is well positioned and once the geothermal energy is produced, Saba would be able to supply neighboring Dutch islands.
He said that when completed, the Nevis plant would be able to supply geothermal power to St. Kitts, the US and British Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, among other islands.

McDonald said there is a great demand for geothermal power in the region and in the world as a whole. He said Saba has a capacity to produce more geothermal energy than Nevis and “the island has been encouraged to produce by the progress the island has seen in Nevis”. The CEO said all the drilling equipment would be shipped to Saba.

Source: SKNVibes