Nevis Island’s Geothermal Well – Nevis 3
October 17, 2008
Officials of West Indies Power (WIP) have confirmed that at least two geothermal drill sites on Nevis have the capacity to produce hundreds of megawatts of geothermal energy.
The confirmation came on October 16, hours after the passage of Hurricane Omar, when WIP’s Nevis 3 well at Hamilton Estate, came alive with steam.
“The geothermal reservoir that exists between Spring Hill and Hamilton Estates contains several hundred megawatts of geothermal production capacity,” WIP’s Chef Executive Officer (CEO) Mr. Kerry McDonald said.
According to Mr. McDonald, the high temperatures at Nevis 3 at Hamilton Estate which is located at 2.5miles south of Nevis 1 at Spring Hill where steam and high temperatures were also found, confirmed the existence of a continuous geothermal reservoir between the two wells.
The NIA had given WIP the authority to explore the geothermal reservoir of the island in February 2007, in its efforts to provide cheaper electricity and reduce the cost of living for Nevisians.