Dominica to Lead OECS in Geothermal Energy Production
Today, March 28th 2014, a number of officials from across the OECS attended the last session of a two-day geothermal conference dubbed “Driving Geothermal Development: How to Realize Geothermal Potential”.
The workshop is a collaboration of the Government of Dominica and the International Development Group, Global Bilateral Division of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and focuses on furthering geothermal potential in OECS member states.
Dominica has been recognized as being the lead among Caribbean countries in efforts at developing geothermal resources as an alternative to fossil fuels.
In order for Dominica to successfully develop this type of resource, Mr. Brian Carey, Senior Project Manager for Geothermal Sciences at GNS noted, that cooperation and agreement between the people and the Government is need, as well as getting persons to understand the long term benefits of this move.
Mr. Carey noted that billions of dollars have been spent in developing New Zealand’s geothermal power – an investment that now richly benefits the country.
The Commonwealth of Dominica’s geothermal energy exploration commenced in 2011 and is expected to accommodate a 15 megawatt plant for domestic consumption that would significantly reduce the cost of electricity on the island.
The Government has already invested over $31 million in exploring the island’s geothermal potential.
The next phase involves shutting down the wells for a twelve week period to monitor progress on the generation of heat.