A new era in geothermal development on Nevis has begun. Mc Levon “Mackie” Tross, local representative for geothermal developers Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI), said the first phase of the project is expected to commence in October 2017.
In an interview with the Department of Information Sept. 12 at N3 – the geothermal production site on more than nine acres of land at Hamilton Estate – Tross said preparatory work, which began Aug. 30, is ready for the commencement of the project’s first phase.
“We started site clearing on Aug. 30 in preparation for the drilling of a new test well and that will commence in the first week in October,” he said. “We expect the equipment to be arriving at the Long Point Port around Oct. 4-5. Once the equipment gets here, with the help of the local authorities and police, we will get the equipment at this drill site in Hamilton and reassemble it since some of it would have to be disassembled for transportation and that drilling process should take about 45 days.”
Dosecc Exploration Services LLC, drilling contractors based in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States of America, will be engaged in the drilling process. The test well is projected to be 4,000 meters deep. It will be used to collect as much data as possible to satisfy the financiers.
NREI’s local representative added that during that drilling process, thousands of gallons of water would be utilised and contingencies have been put in place.
“We will be using a lot of water here and a nearby dugout area on the property would hold about 2,000 gallons of water,” Tross said. “We will be lining the area shortly so that we could start collecting runoff water. If we need any additional water, the Nevis Water Department has agreed to pipe some water here, so we should have about 2,000 gallons of water prior to the start date Oct. 4. Once we get going, we would need about 100,000 gallons of water just to start the project, and thereafter the consumption of water should be much less than that,” he said.
After the test well has been drilled and the data analysed, final adjustments will be made to the engineering. They would then move to the process of starting the production well planned in early 2018.
Below are photos of recent site clearing from Aug 30th and an interview with Mackie Tross on Sept 13th by the St. Kitts Observer:
Tross said eight to 10 people would be involved digging the test well segment of the project, four of whom would be local. Four were interviewed last week to work along with the drillers. However, he explained that as the project progresses into its second stage, up to 80 local people would be employed. Tross urged interested people to begin applying for jobs.
“We are asking locals to go on the website www.cleanpowernevis.com,” he said. There is an employment section; go in, put in your credentials and just send it off. That would go into our database. We would be looking at that database and when the appropriate time comes, we would be contacting [people] for interviews so that we could select the best [people] for the jobs at that time.”
The Nevis Island Administration signed a power purchase agreement with NREI in 2015 for geothermal development on Nevis.
Source: St. Kitts Observer - http://www.thestkittsnevisobserver.com/local-news/geothermal-development-project-commences-on-nevis/