Schlumberger IDS selected as Drilling Manager for the Nevis Geothermal Project
Schlumberger Integrated Drilling Services has been retained by Nevis Renewable Energy International Inc. (NREI) for the drilling and completion of the geothermal wells for the Nevis Geothermal Project. Schlumberger Integrated Drilling Services has a global track record of several tens of thousands of wells totaling millions of feet of successful high pressure-high temperature drilling. From its 47 locations worldwide, Schlumberger manages over 70 rigs, working in more than 85 countries and employing approximately 100,000 people who represent over 140 nationalities. Schlumberger will be working with GeothermEx, a Schlumberger subsidiary and leading geothermal expert firm for the well design, installation and testing of the Nevis wells. Schlumberger will support the Nevis Project from their main base and facilities in Trinidad. Drilling is scheduled to begin first quarter of 2019 and be completed by the end of the second quarter.
Dr. Gregory Frebourg, Chief Geologist for NREI stated; “By selecting Schlumberger to manage the installation and completion of the Nevis wells, NREI continues to bring the “Best in Class” design, drilling and construction team to the project, providing the best assurance of success to a complex and challenging project. The decades of success demonstrated by Schlumberger’s track record and their state-of-the-art drilling technology will provide an example to the rest of the Caribbean of how geothermal wells should be installed.”
GeothermEx is the largest geothermal consulting and services firm in the Western Hemisphere specializing in geothermal energy. Since their formation in 1973 they have been involved in hundreds of geothermal projects in more than 56 countries, developing nearly 7,500 megawatts of geothermal power generation capacity. GeothermEx will provide the well design and testing program, working cooperatively with Schlumberger throughout the drilling process.
The Nevis Geothermal Project is a 10 MegaWatt geothermal generating plant located on the former Hamilton Estates Property on the Island of Nevis, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis, Eastern Caribbean. The Nevis Island Administration is a partner and co-developer of the project with NREI. When completed, the geothermal plant will enable the island to transition away from the use of fossil fuels and be 100 percent reliant on zero emission renewable energy power generation. NREI and NIA have completed extensive investigations to define the geothermal reservoir beneath the island, completed the well testing necessary and are now in the final design stages prior to construction start.
NREI is a subsidiary of Thermal Energy Partners, LLC a geothermal energy development firm based in Austin, Texas.