Basseterre, St. Kitts, 20th March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – As Nevis’ geothermal development project gets into another phase, Premier Mark Brantley said it is important for Nevis’ future development.
Writing on his Facebook page, Premier Brantley stated, “Our long awaited geothermal project has just received an excellent review from the analysis done by Geothermex.”
He continued, “While we await the official final report, I am being told that the geothermal resource in Nevis is among the top 6 in the entire world. Nevisians have been asking for more foreign direct investment. Geothermal energy has the potential to revolutionise our island and its economy.”
Recently, US based GeothermEX disclosed that tests done on the geothermal well at Hamilton confirmed the required temperature and flow needed for a sustainable supply of geothermal energy.
GeothermEX was contracted by Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) to determine the status of the Hamilton well, and NREI was contracted by the Nevis Island Administration some time ago to harness the island’s geothermal energy.
Robert Stacey, the senior reservoir engineer, reported, “We are with the well. It’s 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.”
Stacey also said, “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.”
GeothermEX reported on Monday 19th March that the tests results at Hamilton continue to hold steady with surface readings temperatures of 255 degrees Fahrenheit; steam temperatures of 411 degrees and well temperature readings of over 400 degrees.
Bruce Cutright, the chief executive officer of NREI, said they have waited for five years to get to the well testing stage and described the project as difficult but rewarding.
“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,” Cutright said.
He continued, “This is the most exciting test that you could imagine. You could see the steam behind us is flowing at a rate which demonstrates to us that this is a commercial scale geothermal reservoir that is beneath the island of Nevis. This will supply the electrical energy needs for the entire island. So we are very pleased to see this.”
Outright informed that drilling for the production wells on the site is expected to begin late this summer, and output from the wells will be in the form of water and steam.
(Top photo: Steam coming out of the Hamilton test well.)