Schlumberger New Energy, a new Schlumberger business, and Thermal Energy Partners 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," said 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," said Bruce Cutright, chief executive officer, TEP.
"STEP Energy will create a unique opportunity to de-risk and optimize the development of geothermal power projects, reduce costs and compress schedules. This will unlock the full potential of geothermal power generation globally," said Dan Pfeffer, president, TEP.
Hervé Touati, TEP’s senior outside advisor, was instrumental to the formation of this new company, initiating the successful discussions that led to the foundation of STEP Energy. The new company will benefit from the partners’ project execution, drilling, subsurface evaluation, and digital technology integration expertise, combined with systems engineering, modeling, data analytics and machine learning capabilities.
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.