Saturday, 23 November 2013

News Shoot: Nevis gets serious on geothermal

This week, the convoluted 'power-from-volcano' story of the Caribbean island of Nevis moved a little closer to a happy ending. A tender for the development and operation of a geothermal power plant, by Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI), was accepted. It is hoped the plant will meet much of the island's energy needs.

NREI won an RFP put out by the island's government and local utility in September. It is a recently-formed consortium, put together by 3 Americans long-involved in developing geothermal energy. It also is backed by large US-based consultancy Tetra Tech, and Alta Rock Energy, a major player on the US geothermal scene.

Despite its US-heavy make up, the company stresses its aim is to keep it local, seeking to 'utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction.' It also says it wants to act as a mentor for the Nevis government and locals, in order that the island can serve 'as a center of excellence for geothermal development throughout the West Indies.'



The West Indies is certainly a part of the world hotting up on the geothermal front. There are geothermal projects in the offing in nearby St.Vincent and Dominica. There is a fly in the ointment, though.  West Indies Power (WIPN), the company originally contracted to develop the Nevis' geothermal resource, back in 2009, is not happy with the latest move. It believes it retains exclusive rights to harness the island's volcanic energy, and is fighting in the courts to keep its contract alive. The court threw out its initial application, but is considering an appeal.

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to utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; - See more at: http://www.winnfm.com/press-releases/6345-nia-update-on-geothermal-process#sthash.nYyIxWxU.dpuf to utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; - See more at: http://www.winnfm.com/press-releases/6345-nia-update-on-geothermal-process#sthash.nYyIxWxU.dpuf
to utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; - See more at: http://www.winnfm.com/press-releases/6345-nia-update-on-geothermal-process#sthash.nYyIxWxU.dpuf to utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; - See more at: http://www.winnfm.com/press-releases/6345-nia-update-on-geothermal-process#sthash.nYyIxWxU.dpuf