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Harris-and-ArdanazBasseterre, St. Kitts, 9th October, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - The passage of the recent hurricanes through the Leeward Islands has generated greater support from the Government of France for geothermal energy development on St. Kitts.

 

French Ambassador Philippe Ardanaz told Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris, “[Hurricane] Irma has triggered some decision in Paris to move forward with stronger support for your project.”

 

The comment came during a bilateral meeting on 7th October, when various foreign representatives were on island for the deferred Independence Day celebrations.

 

French Foreign Trade Advisor Jacques Chouraki is president of Guadeloupe based Teranov Geothermal Energy, a French engineering services company specialising in geothermal energy development in Latin America and The Caribbean.

 

Teranov has been conducting tests in St. Kitts, and from their findings, estimate a capability of producing between 18 to 36 megawatts of geothermal energy.

 

Ambassador Arganaz sees geothermal energy as one which helps countries with natural hazards such as hurricanes.

 

According to information provided by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, the ambassador is quoted as saying, “This is a real need for the Caribbean because [devastation from hurricanes] can happen any time again, and we just want to…establish an interconnection with all those islands in the Leeward Islands.”

 

The ambassador also stated, “We want to express our support to the project [in St. Kitts], and just to say that with the hurricanes and also with the meeting in Paris at the end of the year [December 12th, 2017] – the first meeting of follow-up to COP21 [the Paris climate conference] – I think it’s the perfect timing [to accelerate the pace of its implementation].”


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