Geothermal Energy plant fully funded according to Minister Ian Douglas

Minister for Energy Ian Douglas is giving the public the assurance that the government has all the funding required for the construction of the long-awaited Geothermal Energy Plant in the Roseau Valley.

The Dominica Geothermal Development Company Limited in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade, Energy and Employment conducted testing of the well in that area recently.

Photo Credit: Nixon George, Quick Link Productions via DGDC

Dougls said the concept design for the geothermal plant has been completed including the revised route for the re-injection pipeline from Laudat to Wotten Waven and Trafalgar.

“Negotiations between the World Bank and the government on funding to build the power plant has been finalized, so in fact we have all of the money we need to start building the Geothermal Development Plant,” according to Douglas.

Lands he said have also been identified for the project and the ministry of lands is now working on acquiring that land from the owners.

“Those land owners have been written to advising them of the pending acquisition process for the government to acquire the lands needed to place the geothermal plant,” Douglas stated.

The government has reportedly spent over $50-million exploring the island’s geothermal potential but there have been complaints in some quarters that the project has been placed on the back burner.

The quest by the current administration to tap Dominica’s geothermal energy potential started as far back as 2011 when the government signed a contract for the exploratory drilling of geothermal wells in the Roseau Valley.

Drilling for the island’s geothermal project officially ended in 2015 and the project entered a new stage.

In his budget address that same year, Prime Minister Skerrit said that negotiations were underway for a joint venture with a French investment consortium, to build and operate the domestic plant with the aim of exporting electricity to Guadeloupe and Martinique.

The government subsequently announced in 2016, that it had taken a decision to run the geothermal project as a company solely owned by the government and people of Dominica and would go ahead alone, in constructing a small geothermal plant in Dominica. Then, it committed to investing US$15M into the geothermal company with funds from the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI).

In September 2016, Dominica and New Zealand signed an EC$4-million Partnership Agreement to support the construction of a 7 MW geothermal power plant on the island.

It is the governments hope to make Dominica the world’s first climate resilient country with a cheaper, cleaner, more reliable source of energy.


Photo credit: Nixon George, Quick Link Productions via DGDC

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  1. AP George
    October 22, 2019

    You can’t trust anything coming form this guy’s mouth. I don’t think his tongue trust him!

  2. Amino
    October 19, 2019

    What about the airport? Is that also fully funded now???

    • RandyX
      October 21, 2019

      All the planned projects are fully funded, the problem with this regime and in particular Skerrit is, that they don’t know in which account they put the money. Lies and deceit that’s all that lot is good at!

  3. Truth Be Told
    October 18, 2019

    Every election year in Dominica everything that was supposed to be built, ready, working, completed, developing over the past how many years that Labour in Government suddenly become good and ready to go, like the international airport, new Seaport, new Canefield Cruise ship berth and marina, Geothermal plant, all ready to open! Then once the elections done, we hear the same stories next five years for the next election! The dumb thing is the fact that there are Dominicans willing to believe this every time! Fool me once, shame on you, but fool me for twenty years, what am I? :lol:

    • Ibo France
      October 18, 2019

      Truth Be Told, you have told the Gospel Truth! Nobody can honestly refute your comments not even the greatest DLP spinners and their veteran propagandists. How can anybody, even with a modicum of common sense, believe this grossly untruthful regime after twenty years of broken promises, blatant lies, political chicanery and unrelenting suffocation of the masses? Have you ever seen an athlete on the podium receiving a medal or and award for placing last? How then can anyone think about rewarding the DLP with another 5 year term for having Dominica in last position in the OECS? CRAZINESS THAT!

    October 17, 2019

    This looks like a weather/rain maker… Releasing steam/water vapor into the air or so called atmosphere like all the other plants around the world. That’s why all plants have a large water source right next to them. I am going to have to take a closer look at this. So called nuclear plants are actually rain/weather makers. Anytime the world bank has a hand in something you already know what time it is.

    • da facts
      October 21, 2019

      The photo is of a well test. Only in testing does it release steam like this. Once operational the steam is condensed (in process of generating electricity) and the condensed liquid goes back deep into the ground from the same reservoir the steam came from. Comparing to other types of power plants like nuclear which do use external cooling water is completely misleading.
      Check you facts… !

  5. JAH KAL
    October 17, 2019

    Ian doglas enjoy you last minute for shame the ceiling coming down on you so fast u don’t even know where u gonna hide Mike and Rossie must be turning in their grave shame on you, skerrit laughing at you .I hope u will tell your supporters where skerrit hide the 1.2 billion possie as a second town under your watch look like a dump hotel on both side ah magae sa.

  6. dee
    October 17, 2019

    Mister cannot hide his lying eyes ein .

    • dee
      October 17, 2019

      Mister and dem dow even know how to lie .
      the ”Government have all the funding” meaning it is fully funded as he claims . The project does not yet have a full funding figure.
      the project from all appearances seem to be another 10 to 15 years away , during which time the actual cost would definitely have risen , but he claims the Government has the funding . There must be loads of money somewhere , yes wee, must be billions .
      I want some too ein .

  7. Looking
    October 17, 2019

    On this one, I will not doubt Honorable Douglas. The World Bank is funding this initiative, as to the speed of progress, that is another matter. The only issue is the location, IF anything goes wrong the valley and Roseau is gone.

  8. Delph
    October 17, 2019

    Is the local population safe?…What’s about earthquake, volcanic eruption???…I dont see any information about this part…so…important!

  9. ibo france
    October 17, 2019

    Eight years after the initial stage of acquiring geothermal energy private lands for the production of this clean energy are still in negotiations. This is the time and season for ghost gifts: international airport; geothermal energy; Roseau enhancement; housing developments; new cruise facility, feeder roads; appointments for civil servants and the list proliferates. All these are just in time for the pending ELECTION. Fool me once, shame on You. Fool me twice, shame on Me. I’m more convinced than at any other time in my life that the Labour Party takes Dominicans for DUMBBELLS. The foolery goes on unabated.

  10. Waiting for Airport
    October 17, 2019

    But that looking just like what all you said about the airport. land was found, land owners had been written to, funding was secured lmao. DLP, stop insulting the intelligence of Dominicans. The airport you promised in 2014, where it? In 4 years we going to beasking the same questions about this project.

  11. You
    October 17, 2019

    It’s just hard for UWP to assimilate to the many successful ventures taking place in Dominica. These people are just bent on seeing and seeking the desperate destruction on our nation. Remember don’t think you have a magic whine to unfix all the distruction you are causing! Being among the First Nation to undergo such a Hugh endeavor, just wish them all the best. What have you done besides criticism.

  12. weh
    October 17, 2019

    Fully funded right before an election how convenient

  13. derp
    October 17, 2019

    …”funding to build the power plant has been finalized, so in fact we have all of the money we need to start building the Geothermal Development Plant,” according to Douglas. True, but as if I hear something similar before about some International Airport and that they are just waiting on the go ahead from we the people to start….

  14. The blood of Rosie & Pierro
    October 17, 2019

    These guys led by Roosevelt Skerrit can get money for what they want and build what they want but the truth is nothing they do will prosper and as long as they in power Dominica will go nowhere. They are not under God’s blessing and as a result the wrath of God will continually destroy their evil works because God cannot bless EVil works. The blood of Rosie and Puero will continually be our witnesses.

  15. joseph charles
    October 17, 2019

    The same way you said all houses are covered ?
    wow , mr minster malparlay marti

  16. Imsomnia
    October 17, 2019

    Another reason why we should vote out ian and that inept lazy party,

  17. 5 more years of progress
    October 17, 2019

    God bless the heads that keep this project moving forward…. Dlp, 5 more years… Look di money, look di money, look di money…. The thumbs down and comment section reserved for the brainwashed uwp supporters that place negative feedback on posts like these…. Thank god for the honorable Roosevelt Skerrit…

  18. RandyX
    October 17, 2019

    We have heard it all before. Talk and promises is all we get from this regime but no results. To top it all they can not even account for the states money.

  19. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    October 17, 2019

    Ian Pop-Eye Douglas, you can talk fart as much as you like, you can quote as many millions falling out of the sky to fully fund your and Roosevelt money pit; there will never be a geothermal energy producing plant in Dominica!

    It is like everything else, another election gimmick, five years ago about the same time you all burn greenwood (set them on fire) bellowing smoke in the sky fooling your supporters that power generation began.

    After the election old man Ambrose (the half dead ambassador to the collapse Venezuela)   son whom does not have any knowledge of the installation pour water on his fire citing off his smoke.

    Five years later here you go with your lying crap, you believe will cause Portsmouth people to vote you back to clean Roosevelt feces!

    Where is Ross University School of Medicine which provided jobs for the people of Portsmouth for more than forty years?

     I’ll tell you; you and Roosevelt chase them out to Barbados!

    Still suing Ross?

  20. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    October 16, 2019

    Ian Douglas + crew have been blowing hot steam for 18 years always at the time of elections and still no electricity just hot air.

    October 16, 2019

    Is this the same always drunk minister that told New Yorkers that every roof in Dominica was repaired when he knew fool well that not even in Portsmouth every roof was repaired? Boy the always drunk minister now telling us the Geothermal plant is fully funded? Mr always drunk minister is drunk again and I don’t pay any mind to what a drunkard says

  22. Shaka zulu
    October 16, 2019

    Admin the gov spent $50 mil. Is that US, EC, Pesos, Yen?

    One of the Jack as breying again. Ian have made so many claims. Ian when is Ross opening? When is the new university going to start? I need to register. When is the Moroccan hotel going to be completed? When is marigot hospital going to start construction? When will we hear the economic inpact of the abattoir and coffe plant? What is the plan the government have for dealing with the waste and polution from all these facilities? Have we updated our environmental laws? When will that possi donkey stop breying falsehoods to the constituents. Ian please give us a report on how your ideas and policies have impacted lives of young people in your constituency where they do not have to come beg kneel and cry for house and money? Ian tell us how many passport sellers in your constituency and how much assests they have aquired thus far in an attempt to hide money they cannot declare. I want to be prison warden for new one soon in…

  23. WeNiceMan
    October 16, 2019

    Boy hurry up and get this waste of time government from office. We should be WAAAY past the time of talking concept designs and purchasing lands. This government is a sloth. No wonder we are where we at after 20 years.

    People just think about it. The kids that were born when this government came into office are now making babies and getting married.

    They’ve been in office much too long and our country has little to show for it.


  24. Rat Race
    October 16, 2019

    Same stage – same act – new showtime. The only thing that’s drastically different this time is that the sheeple are waking up.

  25. %
    October 16, 2019

    Ian at this stage in the game who wants to hear from you.? The talk of the town is the disgraceful manner in which your party the wicked,evil and corrupt DLP tried to frame patriot Lennox Linton.
    Go to hell, you and your geothermal..
    After LINTON was framed, you had the unmitigated gall to ask him for the money? Why can’t you ask Skerrit for our $1.291 billion?
    Well Dominicans expressed their disgust at you all on the Bayfront last night!!!
    Where is the $$$$1.219 billion $$$$$….Hope when you consume some of your hard drinks you will “”day parlay”” and tell us what you know!
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?
    Whey is di money?

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