Construction of Geothermal wells to begin in Dominica in July of 2011
The Agence Francaise de Developpement, the European Union and the Government of Dominica is injecting 4.5 million Euros into geothermal exploration in Dominica; a project aimed at reducing the cost of energy for citizens.
At a signing ceremony held at the public service training center on Wednesday morning the contract was awarded to the Iceland Drilling Company for the drilling of the exploratory geothermal wells in Roseau Valley.
Project Coordinator, Mr Jason timothy says the overall long-term objective of the project is to confirm the extent and nature of the potential geothermal resources at various sites within the Wotten Waven area.
This will further determine the capacity of the wells for sustainable commercial exploitation in generating power.
Charge D’affaires of the E.U delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Mr Hubert Perr noted that the E.U is pleased to contribute €1.5 million towards this important project.
Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley constituency, Honorable Colin McIntyre highlighted some of the economical benefits that can be derived from this project.
This renewable source of electricity is meant to provide an affordable, reliable and clean source of energy for local consumption and to generate foreign exchange from the sale of electricity to the neighboring Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
Minister for public works, energy and ports, Honorable Rayburn Blackmoore says that provisions are in place to sustain the project, for the benefit of citizens.
The completion date projected for the project is December 21st, 2012. The cost of the project is €4,573,207.30.