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.

Source: http://www.loopnewsbarbados.com/content/st-kitts-nevis-moves-ahead-geothermal-project-3


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).

Source: http://www.cuopm.com/newsitem_new.asp?articlenumber=3759&post200803=true