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NIA Defends Decision To Choose NREI For Geothermal


 The Nevis Island Administration is defending its decision to choose the Nevis Renewable Energy International (NREI) as the company to pursue geothermal energy. West Indies Power LTD (WIPN) Kerry McDonald is questioning the track record of the principals of NREI. “Certainly one of the other companies that had applied (to bid on the project) had a long record of development (in geothermal),” McDonald said.


West Indies Power was the company chosen by the previous Nevis Reformation Party (NRP) administration for the geothermal project, but was written off by Concerned Citizens Movement while in opposition as a company without track record in geothermal energy. Now Mr. McDonald is questioning the government’s intentions to do business with a company which he says lack the track record. “I can tell you for example with my company the people who were with us were involved in geothermal projects. We had people signed up to finance the project. I haven’t heard a word of who is going to finance the project. I haven’t heard a word of who is going to finance the project from these people,” McDonald said.


However, Alexis Jeffers, Nevis minister of energy is standing by his decision. “It is a small field of persons who are involved in the development of geothermal projects around the world,” Jeffers said. “In terms of this company NREI not having a track record, they have well over 100 years experience in the development of geothermal energy,” Jeffers said. “What they do is to bring expertise together to develop the project and that’s how it’s done. West Indies Power was doing the same thing,” the minister added.


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