Cork Hill/Weekes Geothermal, Montserrat

In 2012, Montserrat began developing the island’s first geothermal project. Funds were provided by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (roughly $13.5 million) and the Caribbean Development Bank, with in-kind contributions from the government itself.

Iceland Drilling was awarded the contract and in October 2012 the company began drilling two test wells in Cork Hill/Weekes.

These wells were drilled to depths of 2,300 and 2,900 yards, striking temperatures of more than 260°C.

Testing is still ongoing; however, the initial results suggest the wells will be able to generate 2 MW of power – enough to meet the island’s current energy demands for its 5,000 inhabitants.

It is will be a poignant moment when the wells are fully operational as the island was devastated by eruptions of the Soufrière Volcano in the mid-1990s which destroyed the capital town of Plymouth, left more than half of the island’s residents homeless and covered more than 30% of the island with lava and ash.

Today, Montserrat has plans for a new capital town, a new port, and a new eco-tourism industry. It is only fitting that the same geological forces that destroyed much of the emerald island will help make it green again.

Written by Renewable Energy Caribbean

The Latest News & Market Analysis on Clean Energy in the Caribbean.

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