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Nevis geothermal power purchase agreement signed

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis (NIA) — On Wednesday, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), the Nevis Electric Company Limited (NEVLEC) and Nevis Renewable Energy International Inc. (NREI signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) that agreement provides for 25 years of a domestic base load renewable energy supply from geothermal resources located on the island of Nevis.

The first phase will supply 9MW of power that is immediately expandable, to meet the ongoing power needs of Nevis and capable of exporting 40MW – 50MW of additional power to neighbouring islands.

The Nevis Island Administration, through its Cabinet, welcomed this significant step towards making Nevis a global model for sustainable green energy development. The delivery of less costly, cleaner energy has been a long held ambition of the island of Nevis.

Deputy premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, stated, “This is an important step to enhancing the leadership of Nevis in the transformational impacts of the new, post-fossil fuel world economy.

“The Nevis geothermal project will create increased economic growth, reduced power costs, increase employment and create new economic opportunities for local businesses.”

The first phase of the plant is expected to be in operation as early as late 2017 and will provide both base load and peak power supply to the island. The cost will be significantly less than the existing diesel generators used to supply power to Nevis and transition the island to 100 percent power generation from renewable energy sources. In addition, it will enable the Nevis tourism industry to promote the island as a 100 percent green energy vacation destination.

Throughout this process, which began with the release of the request for proposals in September 2013, the NIA, assisted by Deloitte Consulting LLP, funded through the US Department of State’s Power Sector Program, NEVLEC and NREI have all consistently placed a strong emphasis on transparency of an open international tendering and procurement selection process.

NREI, a subsidiary of Texas-based Thermal Energy Partners, LLC, is committed to hire, train and employ, to the maximum extent possible, Nevisians in site development, planning, construction and operations phases of the project.

Thermal Energy Partners is a geothermal energy company that provides resilient, renewable and base-load power to utilities, industrial and critical infrastructure clients worldwide.

The island of Nevis is taking a bold-step in moving away from its dependency on more expensive imported fossil fuels and transitioning to a cleaner renewable, resilient and base-load power source,” said Tom Drolet, president of NREI.

Bruce Cutright, chief executive officer of Thermal Energy Partners, stated, “This is the gateway project for geothermal energy in the Caribbean.”

Maclevan Tross, chairman of the NEVLEC Board of Directors said, “In terms of what this means for us, Nevis as of 2018 will become the greenest island on planet earth, really. Geothermal would bring down the cost of electricity on the island. It would be able to, within our cost of electricity, attract investors and promote businesses on Nevis. It’s a win, win situation for us.

“The exploration that was done is suggesting we have upwards of 30 MW of energy but the first phase is concentrating on providing energy for Nevis. We would start with a 9MW plant and then we would take it from there.

“I just want to sensitize the public that geothermal is definitely coming. The timeline that we have is the end of 2018. Which is just around the corner and so during that time we will be looking at phasing out the fossil fuel. We are looking at some other alternatives in terms of solar. So Nevis would be a very, very green place in the near future.”


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