Leading submarine cable providers excited about geothermal project on Nevis

Director of Business Development, Energy Division of Nexans Norway, Mr. Domenico Gerace, confirmed that West Indies Power (WIP) Nevis Ltd?s plan to generate geothermal energy for the people of Nevis, St. Kitts and beyond, was a feasible one and his company was excited about the project.

Mr. Gerace made the comment following a meeting on Nevis with officials from WIP, the Nevis Island Administration (NIA), the Nevis Electricity Company Ltd. (NEVLEC) and the St. Kitts Electricity Department.

?Of course we would be able to send power to the other islands. We are looking forward to it and I can tell you it is feasible so it?s just a question of time. So we are very excited about it?

?The connection to St. Kitts can be operating within next year 2009?we are ready for this connection. For the other connections it is a little difficult to say but 2011/2012 that could be but for St. Kitts within next year we can do it,? he said.

Chief Executive Officer of WIP Mr. Kerry McDonald told the Department of Information that Nexans was the world?s leading provider of submarine cables and their installation.

He said WIP had been working with Nexans with regard to the installation of the cable for both local and export transfer of power. He also disclosed that that a number of technical concerns were addressed during the meeting.

Mr. McDonald said although the geothermal project had some setbacks due to the tight supply of steel, the major drilling equipment for the generation side of the project was now expected on Nevis by November or December. However, he said the delay would not affect the projected time for power generation, in the last quarter of 2009 or the first quarter of 2010.

Senior Manager, Sales and Marketing, Nexans Canada Mr. Safiq Virani was also present at the meeting provided sales and commercial support. He explained that the project would be administered from both the Canada and Norway offices.

Also present was a delegation from Anguilla and Senior Project Engineer Nexans Norway, Mr. Carl Erik Opsahl who said the meeting exceeded the team’s expectations.

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