Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Climate Resilience Execution Agency for Dominica (CREAD), Francine Baron said a framework agreement signed on Wednesday, which proposes to develop a project in one of Dominica’s six geothermal zones, will involve the construction of a hydrogen production facility which could produce 27 to 30,000 tons of hydrogen per year and 240 to 250,000 of oxygen per year.
The framework agreement was signed between the Government of Dominica, Kenesjay Green Limited (KGL), and Dominica Geothermal Development Company (DGDC) during the first Hydrogen Summit being held as part of the 15th Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Miami, Florida.
Kenesjay Green is a private sector indigenous company in Trinidad and Tobago committed to developing a pipeline of green decarbonizing projects for the region. It started with NewGen and it’s continuing with Dominica.
“The northern geothermal zone near Portsmouth will see the construction of a Geothermal Plant with a 200-250 megawatts capacity,” she said. “It will involve the construction of a hydrogen production facility which could produce 27 to 30,000 tons of hydrogen per year and 240 to 250,000 of oxygen per year.”
According to Baron, to realize the opportunity with this and other geothermal zones throughout the island the government is undertaking swift and urgent action to ensure that the country realizes the objective of green hydrogen industrialization within a 5-year period.
“The implementation of this will be characterized by enhanced environmental and social governance considerations, embracing key concepts of industrial ecology and secular economy, minimizing environmental impact, efficient resource utilization, and improving participation of the citizenry in its economic development program,” she noted.
She pointed out that this will include the development of a cluster of new technical skills, capacity development for existing institutions, and improving policies, laws, and structures to support good governance and enforcement.
Baron believes that Dominica has the transformative opportunity to become a green hydrogen producer by tapping into renewable energy potential and exporting to countries with a high demand for green hydrogen.
“In essence, Dominica can serve as an industrial centre for renewable power generation, hydrogen production, and even further along the value chain into the petrochemical sectors including ammonia, methanol, and e-fuels,” she explained.
Furthermore, she stated that the concept of a green industrial eco-park has been globally accepted as an attractive, sustainable industrial development park pathway.
“A green industrial eco-park that integrates green hydrogen as part of its development framework can contribute significantly to the future sustainable development of our country,” Baron stated. “Such benefits will extend from direct foreign investment, to job creation, improvement in infrastructure, and the opportunity for foreign exchange earnings through the sale of commodities.”
Minister for Finance, Dr. Irving McIntyre who delivered his remarks virtually said this agreement is one of the primary pillars of Dominica’s green industrial program, “and our transition to a low carbon economy.”
“We are confident that this transformation will advance the economic national well-being, while at the same time contributing significantly to the national goal articulated by our Prime Minister in making Dominica the first climate resilient nation in the world,” he said.
According to Dr. McIntyre, the realization of this program has the potential for Dominica’s integration into a regional and international green energy value chain realizing the supply of green energy commodities to the region and other parts of the world where such demand exists.
“Dominica, a country with one of the largest geothermal resources in the Caribbean, has the potential to develop a global, competitive, green hydrogen industry,” he said. “This signing today now unlocks the pathway towards further development that is expected to lead to a bankable value proposition for Dominica, allowing for the leveraging of its geothermal power to develop a scalable green hydrogen industry.”
Meanwhile, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kenesjay Green Limited, Philip Julien believes that this project, once successfully interconnected, can lead to one of the largest hubs for renewable energy and green hydrogen globally.
“We see the signing of this framework agreement as one step closer towards that vision and we are pleased and honored to be part of this exciting public-private partnership with the Government of Dominica,” he said.
Julien pointed out that in the Caribbean region as said before, there is the very real potential for surplus and tap green energy in countries such as Dominica.
“This regional energy green potential is not just constrained to Dominica and is not just constrained to geothermal,” he said.
He continued, “Green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol whether for Trinidad or for Thailand is a real global game changer.”
He went on to state that the renewable market potential, “which many of you have been looking for, is now here waiting to be explored…and waiting to be realized .”
“This is what Dominica is taking the next step in today,” Julien indicated. “Today marks the day that transitions us from that initial phase of a government policy, Dominica’s government policy of setting targets and establishing the requisite public-private partnerships such as the one announced here today.”