Tuesday, June 5, 2018

St. Vincent and the Grenadines: 10 MW Geothermal Project Drilling to Commence in January 2019

Geothermal Project Running 3 Years Behind Schedule (iWitness News)

The commercial operation date for the geothermal power plant is now set for around June 2021, some three years later than initially scheduled, and a full decade after it was conceptualised.

“The issue, Mr. Speaker, why we have to push it further is because we took so long on the question of the power purchase agreement,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament on May 24 in response to a question from Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday.

The drilling contract was awarded in 2016 to an Icelandic firm and the drilling rig is expected to be mobilised in December and the drill programme [to] commence in January 2019.

The engineering procurement and construction plant contractor will be selected by December 2019.

The prime minister told Parliament that the essential nameplate capacity will be 10 megawatts, with potential to increase.

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