Gebe to sign agreement on geothermal energy project

POSTED: 05/19/14 10:17 PM

St. Maarten – Utilities company Gebe will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Saba, Statia and TNO on Wednesday during the international trade mission at the Westin that will seal its commitment to a study into geothermal energy.

TNO, the Dutch organization for applied scientific research, has already established that it is possible to generate geothermal energy on Saba. “Now TNO wants to do a study into the technical, economic and financial aspects of setting up a geothermal energy plant on Saba,” MP Roy Marlin said during a meeting of parliament on Friday.

Patt of the study will focus on the cost to bring part of this energy to St. Maarten. “Geologists from TNO have already indicated that it is possible to generate geothermal energy on Saba,” Marlin said. “It is not too deep under the ground.”

TNO has asked Gebe to participate in the project, because the islands of Saba and Statia are too small to make it economically viable. The two islands need therefore the participation of St. Maarten.

According to Marlin, TNO will ask the Dutch government to fund the study into the financial, economic and technical aspects of the project.

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