$36mln Power Plant Project for Montserrat Launched

BRADES, Montserrat – A 36 million Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar power plant project for Montserrat was officially launched here today.
The project, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will provide the island with a more efficient supply of power and opens the door for a transition to more renewable sources of energy.
Since the beginning of volcanic activity on Montserrat in 1995, the island has been challenged with supplying its population with power. For the past 15 years Montserrat Utilities Ltd. (MUL) has been using high speed containerised diesel generating sets to meet the electricity demand. The Gensets were designed for emergency situations and with a service life of about 10 years. In the past five years, the number of power outages has been increasing which has impacted the cost to households and businesses with electrical equipment failures. Continue reading “$36mln Power Plant Project for Montserrat Launched”

Government of Montserrat looking at renewable sources of energy

BRADES, Montserrat – Deputy Premier and Minister of Communications & Works, the Honourable Charles T. Kirnon has said Montserrat is actively exploring renewable sources of energy.
Minister Kirnon said during the launch of the new power station project for Montserrat that one of the government’s medium term goals is “to reduce the island’s dependence on imported fossil fuel for its energy needs. Government is therefore advancing its plans at geothermal development.”
DFID Programme Representative for Montserrat Kato Kimbugwe said at the same launch that they are in support of the Government’s desire to find more secure platforms of renewable like geothermal and wind. Continue reading “Government of Montserrat looking at renewable sources of energy”