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ECCA Strikes Out West Indies Power Geothermal Appeal


The Nevis Island Administration has been successful in its request to have the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal disregard the appeal of West Indies Power (Nevis) to continue working on geothermal in Nevis. 


 On Monday (Jun 30), the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal granted the application of the NIA to strike out the appeal filed by West Indies Power (Nevis) Limited (WIPN) in July 2013.


Hon. Alexis Jeffers, minister responsible for Utilities said that the granting of the application assures developers, and gave a brief comment to the Observer on Tuesday, (Jul. 1)


“I can’t comment because I don’t even know what the wording of the judgment is … but I think it clears the way for the project to move forward and any doubts that the developers had regarding the outcome of this matter has been put to rest. The bottom line is, if the matter has been struck out, it means that the way has been paved for us to move forward without any legal hurdles to deal with.”


WIPN received rights to geothermal in 2009 under the NRP-led Administration, but in 2012, the NIA realized that WIP faulted in payments and began working to nullify the contract. The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court ruled in the Administration’s favour on Jan. 16, 2013, and the CCM-led Administration terminated the contract. WIP then sought to appeal the decision and filed an application on Jul. 2, 2013 stating that it was able to pay, and the Court has blundered in its ruling.


The present Administration applied to strike out the appeal of WIPN, stating that “WIPN violated Rules of Court, Court and had taken no steps in nearly a year to prosecute its appeal, …that the geothermal project was critical to the people of Nevis and that this un-meritorious appeal served only to delay the project to the prejudice of the entire populace of Nevis,” a release from the NIA said.


Representing the NIA were Dia Forrester and Jomokie Phillip of Daniel, Brantley & Associates’ law firm.


 Terrence Byron of Byron & Byron’s law firm represented WIPN.



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