BASSETERRE, St Kitts, January 25, 2008 – Geothermal power (energy generated by heat stored beneath the Earth’s surface) has been given a boost in the Caribbean as West Indies Power ltd, began its geothermal development drilling programme in St Kitts and Nevis at the Nevis 1 Spring Hill site. The program includes the drilling of five (5) geothermal production wells, estimated to produce 50 MW’s of geothermal energy.
The first production well is expected to be completed by July this year and a portable geothermal power plant will be installed to supply the island of Nevis with 5-6 MW’s of electrical power. The island of Nevis should have its baseload electrical power supplied by geothermal power by the end of 2008.
By the end of 2009, a 50 MW geothermal power plant will be operational at the Nevis 1 Spring Hill site . This geothermal power plant will provide all of Nevis’ electricity and there will be available 35 MW’s to sell to neighboring Caribbean islands via submarine electrical transmission cables.
Geothermal energy will drastically reduce the cost of electricity on Nevis and free the island from the expenses of importing large amounts of diesel fuel to generate its electricity. Since geothermal energy is a renewable nonpolluting source of energy it is expected the people of Nevis will have low cost electricity in their future.
West Indies Power is a Caribbean based geothermal development company with geothermal projects on Nevis and several other Caribbean islands.