Schlumberger New Energy, a new Schlumberger business, and Thermal Energy Partners (TEP) have announced that they have entered into an agreement to create STEP Energy, a geothermal project development company. STEP Energy will leverage its partners’ expertise to develop efficient and profitable geothermal power generation projects, providing an opportunity to support a reliable supply of clean energy.
“Through GeothermEx, a Schlumberger company, we have acquired extensive knowledge of geothermal resource assessment and project design implementation,” says Ashok Belani, executive vice president, Schlumberger New Energy. “By combining our geothermal, subsurface and drilling expertise with TEP’s experience in project development and risk mitigation, we will develop de-risked and streamlined geothermal projects on a global scale.”
“We are thrilled with this partnership. STEP Energy will focus on quickly reaching our first milestone of 100 MW of geothermal capacity. The combined experience and expertise in drilling, reservoir identification and assessment and project execution provide an unequalled opportunity for the success of the new company,” says Bruce Cutright, chief executive officer, TEP.
“STEP Energy will create a unique opportunity to de-risk and optimise the development of geothermal power projects, reduce costs and compress schedules. This will unlock the full potential of geothermal power generation globally,” says Dan Pfeffer, president, TEP.
STEP Energy will benefit from the partners’ project execution, drilling, subsurface evaluation and digital technology integration expertise, combined with systems engineering, modelling, data analytics and machine learning capabilities. STEP Energy will create new avenues for growth of the geothermal industry, while also attracting investment from various financial institutions.
The new company’s first project is the 10-MW Nevis Geothermal Power Project on the Caribbean island of Nevis, which will enable the island to transition to 100% zero-emission renewable energy for its power supply. STEP Energy has additional opportunities to expand production in the Eastern Caribbean and in North and South America.