Deal Signed for Geothermal Project

Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency, Honourable Colin Mc Intyre (left),

The Government of Dominica on Monday December 10th signed an EC 18.1 million dollar deal for the construction of 2 full sized geothermal wells in the Roseau Valley for the ongoing geothermal energy project.

This will be carried out by the Iceland Drilling Company of Iceland in which the estimated construction time to complete is four months.

During this time when the cost of energy keeps rising geothermal energy continues to be pursued as a game changer.

Parliamentary Representative for the Roseau Valley Constituency and Minister for Employment, Trade, Industry and Diaspora Affairs, Honourable Colin Mc Intyre says this is just another big step in the Government’s quest to pursue geothermal energy to reduce energy costs on consumers.

He stated this deal signing is a major source of investment and activity in the Roseau Valley.

Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore

Minister of Public Works, Energy and Ports, Honourable Rayburn Blackmoore stated this project is leading the way for consumers, both on a domestic and commercial level to enjoy lower energy costs through geothermal energy production.

He said when completed they will have the capacity to produce energy for export to countries such as Martinique and Guadeloupe.

He also mentioned that this geothermal plant will also put Dominica in a better position in the continued fight against climate change and global warming, while pushing to be a leader in the production of renewable energy in the Caribbean and possibly the world.

Prime Minister and Minister of Finance,  Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit pointed out that part of the geothermal project is the  construction of a 15 megawatt plant for local use, but will also include a 250 megawatt plant for exporting energy which will give the country to opportunity to earn some much needed foreign revenue.

He said this project will be as big for Dominica like what oil is to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, which is why his administration has continued to pump resources into the project.

Mr. Skerrit this is just another step of a Government working towards bringing its people to the next level.

The materials for the drilling are expected on island by the third week of January 2013, while the drilling will commence in May or June 2013.

One well will be constructed in Lily Valley Trafalgar, while the next is in Laudat.

 

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