Tuesday, October 10, 2017

St. Kitts and Nevis: French Government Reaffirms Support for St. Kitts Geothermal Power Project

Geothermal energy receives greater support from French officials in wake of Irma and Maria (Caribbean News Now)

Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris and Ian ‘Patches’ Liburd, minister of public infrastructure, held a bilateral meeting on Saturday with France’s ambassador to St Kitts and Nevis, Philippe Ardanaz, and French foreign trade advisor, Jacques Chouraki.

During the meeting both parties reaffirmed their support for geothermal energy development in St Kitts and Nevis.

Chouraki is the president of Teranov Geothermal Energy, a French engineering and services company for new and renewable energy, which specializes in high enthalpy geothermal energy development in the Caribbean and Latin America. The company is based in Guadeloupe and Colombia. Teranov found that there is potential in St Kitts to develop at least 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal power.

The St Kitts and Nevis government has been working with Teranov to examine the technical feasibility and economic viability for geothermal power in the country, as it is hoped that, by the year 2020, nearly 100 percent of the electricity supplied in the federation would be produced from renewable energy sources as opposed to expensive imported fossil fuels.