Author: Jeevan A. Robinson - MNI Media | Date: 05 February 2018
During October, 2017, The Department for International Development (DFID) presented a challenge to the Government of Montserrat to go to market, and seek partners for some of the development initiatives being sought to bring to completion on the island.
This challenge by DFID was taken up by the Minister of Communications, Works, Labour and Energy (MCWEL) - Hon Paul J. Lewis, towards an Early Market Engagement (EME) for Montserrat's Geothermal Plant Public Private Partnership. This EME by Honourable Paul Lewis and his team at MCWEL was geared at soliciting expressions of interest in supplying Design, Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) and Partial Financing (Public Private Partnership) information for Montserrat Geothermal 2.5 - 3.5 MW Plant for Montserrat.
From a process that began in November 2017, the Montserrat geothermal EME information gathering phase recently concluded on January 31st, 2018.
The EME has been deemed a success at garnering market interest towards a geothermal energy delivery public private partnership. Also, the vision to have Montserrat as a green, energy efficient community put forward by Hon Lewis and his team is closer to being realised as a total of seven (7) companies participated in this Early Market Engagement by submitting information by the stated deadline of January 31st, 2018.
The companies that submitted information for the EME are:
1. CRM - MGPC Ltd
2. Energeotek Group
4. Green Energy Geothermal (GEG)
6. Thermal Energy Partners (TEP)
Of the 7 companies, two of them were present on Montserrat for site visits. These firms were Exergy and Thermal Energy Partners.
The site visits of their representatives to Montserrat included field trips to the three (3) existing geothermal wells. A visit to Richmond Hill to observe the Plymouth Wharf facility was also conducted. In addition, formal introductions, presentations with questions & answer sessions were all facilitated by MCWEL.
The next step in the process will now be the analysis of the information provided from the 7 companies; and the drafting of a report for the Government of Montserrat, in preparation for future engagements between GoM, and UK-DFID as to the development and implementation of the Montserrat Geothermal Plant Project.
The Early Market Engagement process was made possible through the hard work and cooperation of staff at both MCWLE, Ministry of Finance and Economic Management and Montserrat Utilities Limited.