Testing Begins on Flow of Geothermal Production Well
High pressure steam shot up into the sky on Tuesday June 10th in the community of Laudat, as testing began for the flow of the production well for the Geothermal Project.
Alexis George, Project Officer of the Geothermal Project Management Unit, said this test will allow them to measure the generation capacity of the well.
“We commenced around 9:27 this morning and allowed the gas cap to be released at about 9:35 am and we started seeing steam coming up to the surface. The gas cap was released faster than expected and the well is only 10% opened and we have a lot of steam coming up, so it looks to be a very good production well so far,” George explained.
George stated, this test will carry on for six days, during which they will collect the necessary data needed to determine the next step of the project.
The testing will also allow them to gain knowledge on the size, type and design of the geothermal plant and surrounding facilities.
He noted critics of the project should notice that it has been incident free since drilling began in 2011.
“This is the fourth well test that we are doing and so far it has been successful, so all the concerns persons have expressed haven’t come to pass and things have been going quite well,” George added.
According to him, we have a gift here in Dominica and the natural resources so we should try to explore it
He noted, only six homes within the exclusion zone were evacuated for the exercise.