Nevis commences it's Geothermal Development with Geothermal confirmation "Test-Well" drilling, during today's ribbon-cutting ceremony. To begin drilling operations, Deputy Premier, Mark Brantley and President of NREI/TEP, Daniel Pfeffer were both onsite to kick-off test well operations. This well is to confirm geothermal reservoir properties including flow rate, temperature and sustainability.
Other officials who attended were Dr. Ernie Stapleton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communications along with Mr. Jervan Swanston, Acting General Manager of the Nevis Electricity Company Limited (NEVLEC), Mackie Tross, NREI's Nevis Representative, Spencer Brand, Nevis Businessman and Bruce Cutright, CEO of NREI/TEP.
It is estimated that Nevis has up to 300 megawatts of geothermal power and some estimates calculate as many as 650 megawatts. As Nevis becomes energy self sufficient, its renewable resources could benefit nearby island nations through the construction of a submarine cable. After recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged parts of the Caribbean, it is the goal of the eastern Caribbean nations to implement more resilient renewable energy and geothermal can provide 24/7 power to support these efforts.
With an established a goal to eliminate CO2 emissions from power generation, Nevis is committed to leverage its proven geothermal resources and become the greenest island on the planet. Nevis will be the first Caribbean island to utilize Binary Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) geothermal power generation that utilizes a closed-loop system with zero carbon emissions.