An Assessment of the Socio-economic and Marine Environmental Impacts Associated with the St. Kitts and Nevis Geothermal Energy Project [Graduate Project].
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Caribbean islands, St. Kitts and Nevis inclusive, are suffering from high fuel cost to produce electricity. The cost of electricity has been stifling economic development and standard of living. Fortunately St. Kitts and Nevis possesses large geothermal energy resources, which can be the key to economic development and improving standard of living. There is a proposed geothermal energy electrical interconnection project for both islands that seeks to transfer surplus electrical energy from Nevis to St. Kitts. It is important to assess the potential socio-economic and marine environmental impacts to determine if this project is sustainable. A SWOT and PESTLE analysis was done to get a general understanding of the project. This analysis facilitated further identification and examination of potential socio-economic and marine environmental impacts associated with the project. From the assessment, the potential marine environmental impacts caused by the submarine cable were deemed localized and temporary. The social and marine environmental impacts caused by economic growth and development can be mitigated by the use of proper planning and management. As a result, the St. Kitts and Nevis geothermal energy interconnectivity project is deemed socially and environmentally sustainable.