Mar 27 St Kitts & Nevis move ahead with geothermal project Geothermal power, renewable energy, GeothermEX, Nevis Renewable Energy International, clean energy, Schlumberger Company

A team of US researchers have confirmed that St Kitts and Nevis can move forward with a planned geothermal project on the volcanic island of Nevis.

According to Nevis Pages, a team from US company GeothermEX was contracted by Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) to assess a geothermal test well at Hamilton to determine whether there would be potential for a sustainable supply of geothermal energy.

The team said the situation looks promising.

Senior Reservoir Engineer Robert Stacy said the well shows positive temperature and flow levels.

"We are with the well flowing very nicely. High temperatures coming along and plenty of steam coming up from the resource. Very excited to see this. Plenty of energy has gone into this project to achieve what's culminating here today. Very happy to be here to make this become a reality."

"The resource so far looks very promising. High temperatures down at resource at commercial grades to produce power. Right now we are preparing to go in and measure those to quantify how much resource it is and how best to develop the resource here," he said.

GeothermEX, a subsidiary of Schlumberger Company, focuses on geothermal energy testing.

NREI CEO, Bruce Cuthright, said that the people of Nevis have waited for five years to get to this stage, adding that the project as a difficult but a rewarding one.

"It has been a tough project to work on. We know that the people of Nevis have been waiting 10 years to see this flow rate that is behind us."

"This will transform the island," he said.

Cuthright said the project has the potential to supply energy for the whole island.

He added that the testing operations at Hamilton are completed and drilling for the production wells on the site are expected to begin late this summer.

NREI was contracted by the Nevis Island Administration some time ago to harness the island's geothermal energy.

Nevis Peak, the island's potentially active volcano, has had no eruptions since prehistory. However, there are active fumaroles and hot springs on the coastal slopes of the island, which represent low-level volcanic activity.

At present, Costa Rica is the only other country in the Caribbean region that produces geothermal energy.

Geothermal electricity generation is currently used in 24 countries, while geothermal heating is in use in 70 countries.

Geothermal power is considered to be a sustainable, renewable source of energy because the heat extraction is small compared with the Earth's heat content.


Sep 30 Contracts Signed To Establish Waste Energy Plant In Nevis Nevis, waste to energy, job creation, renewable energy, solar power, geothermal, Omni Alpha

Another step has been taken to solidify plans to establish a Waste to Energy plant on the island of Nevis.

At a press conference on Wednesday (Sept 24), Hon. Mark Brantley, minister of Health, and the directors at Nevis Renewable Energy International announced that documents had been signed to begin the process of building the plant.

"This project is an important project for the island of Nevis, in large measure because it assists us in dealing with our waste problem. We hope through this project to achieve a comprehensive waste solution for the island," Brantley said.

There is also a solar energy component to the project, which is intended to add to other green energy solutions on the island.

"We hope to have in Nevis pretty soon a mix of renewables: wind, waste to energy, solar, and eventually geothermal. It is our goal and objective to become the greenest place on planet Earth, to wean ourselves entirely off fossil fuels and to ensure that the people on the island of Nevis have a sustainable supply of renewable energy,” the minister of health said.

Chris Burgess, Chief Operating Officer at Omni Alpha, a US-based renewable energy developer undertaking the investment, said his company is looking to "speed up our construction time table” and hopes to break ground before the end of the year.

"[We want to] have both systems operating, commissioned and energised by the fourth quarter 2015", he said.

The construction of the plant should provide 50-60 jobs, according to Burgess.


Nov 22 Nevis Island Partners with NREI to Develop Geothermal Energy Plant Nevis, renewable energy, geothermal, NREI, Nevis Electric Company Limited, Nevis Renewable Energy International

Nevis powers up and paves the way for a greener Caribbean with its investment in renewable energy
PR Newswire

CHARLESTOWN, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nov. 21, 2013

CHARLESTOWN, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nevis Cabinet announced today that Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) is their choice as the developer of its geothermal energy project.

This much anticipated project, spearheaded by Acting Premier, Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley will reduce and eventually eliminate Nevis' need for existing diesel-fired electrical generation and replace it with renewable energy.

"Nevis is committed to beginning this journey on the path to greener living," says Acting Premier, Hon. Mark A.G. Brantley. He also stated that "The use of renewable energy will result in a reduction of emissions of pollutants and Green House Gases, thus advancing Nevis' commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)."

"The use of geothermal energy will not only make Nevis a greener place in the future, but also makes it less vulnerable to volatile oil prices, as the cost of geothermal energy is stabilized under a long-term contract," stated Minister Alexis Jeffers, Senior Minister in the Ministry of Utilities. He added that Nevis currently needs to import 4,250,000 gallons of diesel fuel per year.

Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC) and the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) have been working together to select a company to use for geothermal energy development and geothermal power plant design, construction and operation on Nevis Island. Throughout the procurement process, NEVLEC and NIA have placed a strong emphasis on identifying a technically and financially qualified development partner for the Island's considerable geothermal resource potential that would create the most value for the island and NEVLEC's rate paying customers.

Beginning in January 2014, NREI will construct a geothermal power plant and injection and production wells on 79 acres of Crown Land leased from the Nevis Island Administration. In addition to providing lower cost, cleaner electricity for Nevis, this can potentially be expanded to include St Kitts and other islands in the future. With the support and expertise of NREI, the project will utilize local resources as much as possible for site development, planning and construction; create new economic opportunities for local businesses; and mentor Nevisian government, educational and other organizations by providing technology transfer and training in areas of geology, modelling, well design/drilling, power plant development, operation, maintenance and technical/financial risk assessment. In so doing, NREI will assist NEVLEC and NIA to design and implement a geothermal program that will enable Nevis to develop the expertise needed to serve as a center of excellence for geothermal development throughout the West Indies.

As Nevis moves forward with its renewable energy development project, Island authorities wish to maintain its authentic Caribbean feel. Sustainable tourism is Nevis' goal. The island has a laid back attitude, a pristine landscape and a superb restaurant scene that does not include any fast food chains. It is home to only one 5-star resort and other lodging choices are old world style Plantation Inns. While Nevis moves forward in its efforts to provide sustainable power to its people and its neighbours, it plans to remain, as Acting Premier Brantley likes to say "how the Caribbean used to be. Now we will strive to earn the accolade, the greenest place on earth."

Nevis is part of the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis and is located in the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. For more information about the island of Nevis, please contact the Nevis Tourism Authority, telephone 1.869.469.7550, visit our website or our Facebook page – The Island of Nevis, West Indies and follow Nevis on Twitter.


Jun 18 Plans for Belle Vue Wind Farm moves forward Belle Vue, wind farm, renewable energy, Mark Tippett, North Star, St. Kitts, Nevis

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, June 17th, 2013 (CUOPM) - Representatives of North Star are currently on St. Kitts to move forward plans to implement a wind farm at Belle Vue.

"The next step is for the GOSKN and North Star to finalize a handful of open items that can be concluded in only a few days with the dedicated efforts of GOSKN and North Star representatives. Our representatives are on island now and will remain until these negotiations are concluded. The project will then move to financial closing and then construction," said Mark Tippett, Founder and CEO.

He disclosed that during the meeting with Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas in New York, last week, the Prime Minister took the time to explain the importance of the wind project in his Government's overall energy plans and initiatives, emphasizing that this wind project is only one part of a long-term plan to increase power generation and decrease the cost of electricity.

"North Star is in total agreement with the Prime Minister's initiatives and agrees that the wind project is an important first step. The Belle Vue Wind Farm represents a small portion of the island's overall energy needs, but it's a critical demonstration of the Government's long-term commitment to energy cost reductions both through lower-cost renewables and also through very important conservation initiatives. North Star is anxious to deliver on this project for the benefit of the people of St. Kitts," said Mr. Tippett.

Cabinet proposed some refinement on pricing terms that were analyzed by North Star and, in a meeting with the Prime Minister on June 9th, 2013, North Star communicated that they are in agreement with Cabinet's pricing proposal.

He pointed out that following very informative and productive Cabinet presentations in March and April of 2013, North Star received, what can only be described as a positive development in the Governments renewable energy initiatives.

Mr. Tippett said the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis is of the view of significant benefits to be had from implementing the Belle Vue Wind Farm and encouraged North Star to finalize its negotiations with the Government.


Jun 03 Minister Skerritt tells manufacturers solar panel plant to open soon and Government secures US$420,000 for energy audit Clean energy, renewable energy, solar panels, Ricky Skerritt, St. Kitts, solar farm

The Federal Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has secured over US$400,000 to conduct an energy audit for the manufacturing sector.

This has been disclosed by Minister International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Richard "Ricky" Skerritt, who recently told the Manufacturing Division of the St. Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce International Trade, Industry, Commerce and Consumer Affairs, that Government is encouraging business owners to take actions that can result in the more efficient use of energy, including alternative sources of energy.

"You should also be aware that Government has secured grant financing in the amount of US$420,000.00 to conduct an energy audit specifically for the manufacturing sector. It is expected that this intervention will assist you in lowering your energy costs to become more competitive," said Mr. Skerritt.

"We have removed the Customs Duty and Value Added Tax (VAT) on renewable energy products," Minister Skerritt reminded the local businessmen.

He said the solar energy manufacturing plant at the C.A. Paul Southwell Industrial Complex will soon be opened.

Minister Skerritt, who was in the Republic of China (Taiwan), last week was expected to visit the plant's parent company, Speedtech Energy.

He noted that Speedtech Energy is already constructing a 1 MW solar farm at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on behalf of the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) and the St. Kitts Electricity Company (SKELEC).


Mar 21 Construction Set to Begin on Solar Farm at St Kitts Airport Renewable energy, Taiwan, St. Kitts, Robert L. Bradshaw Airport, Solar Farm, Dr. Earl Asim Martin, Ambassador Miguel Tsao

Construction is set to begin of a solar farm at Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw International Airport in St Kitts.

The project is a collaboration between St Kitts and Nevis and the government of Taiwan, which has donated $1 million in funding.

"Today is the beginning of a new phase for both countries cooperation in renewable energy," said Taiwan Ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis Miguel Tsao.

"Taiwan would like to share this cutting - edge industry with St. Kitts and Nevis, the most important partner and diplomatic allied country of Taiwan."

Tsao spoke following a brief handover ceremony on Wednesday, saying renewable energy had become a global trend.

"We see the green economy, not only as the area of renewable energy, but as a means of providing new opportunities for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis," said Energy Minister Dr Earl Asim Martin.

The aim of the project is to make the airport a self-reliant green airport. It is projected to produce 1 megawatt of solar power.

It's the latest green energy partnership between St Kitts and Taiwan - from solar lighting on the country's main highway to panels at government headquarters in Basseterre.