Construction of geothermal power plant earmarked for 2019

File photo of geothermal testing in the Roseau Valley

Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas, has said that the government is now in a position to begin construction of a geothermal power plant in the Roseau Valley.

Douglas said that project could begin by the third quarter of 2019 as Dominica continues on its path towards becoming a climate resilient country.

“The government has seen tremendous progress being made in the Geothermal Development Programme. This is one of the pillars upon which we intend to achieve the goal of being the first climate resilient country in the world. We are now in the position to begin the construction of the power plant by the third quarter of 2019,” he said

He further mentioned how this can positively impact Dominica’s growth and advancement.

“With the commissioning of this plant, we will be in a position to benefit from clean, reliable, low-cost, renewable, high-quality energy supply in the future, which will benefit all sectors of productive activity in Dominica.”

Douglas thanked the international partners who have assisted the government in this quest to date.

The quest by the current administration to tap Dominica’s geothermal energy potential started as far back as 2011 when the government signed a contact 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. It committed to investing US$15M into the geothermal company with funds from the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI).

In February 2017, Prime Minister Skerrit stated that an investment of $45-million would be made available for the development of a geothermal plant. The funds, he said, would come from the CBI.

If Minister Douglas’s announcement materializes, it appears that some eight years after the geothermal development project started, Dominica could receive its first geothermal power plant.

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25 Comments

  1. Liz M
    December 31, 2018

    Poor us. The guy doesn’t even mention foreign direct investment, which has been strained by Domlec’s high rates. Goes to show these fellas need to get out of that Obway mentality even though they hit it big with passport sales thanks to Denzel D.

  2. Lady Valley
    December 29, 2018

    Enough now! Recycling of lies and promises.

  3. Shipahoy
    December 29, 2018

    They think we does forget ooo they think we does forget. He belching de same thing. Years ago he belched now he still belching. Who u fooling.

  4. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    December 28, 2018

    “Minister for Trade, Energy and Employment, Ian Douglas, has said that the government is now in a position to begin construction of a geothermal power plant in the Roseau Valley. ”

    Ian you have long been the joke of the century, even before someone made a fool out of you talking nonsense regarding the last election, then again when you tried to justify the failure of the Moroccan Hotel in Portsmouth to commenced decaying before it get completed.

    You blamed the abandonment on some Arab winter or summer which had nothing to with Morocco. Here you again making yourself a fool stating that:  ” government is now in a position to begin construction of a geothermal power plant in the Roseau Valley. ”

    If it is only now construction is about to begin, what are we seeing in the picture? Was that a fake picture fabricated to deceive Dominicans?

    The day when all tested it with fire and smoke bellowing all over Roseau Valley smoking people out of their house, was that faked?

  5. Anthony P. Ismael Minister of Free Pampers
    December 28, 2018

    “Ian Douglas said that project could begin by the third quarter of 2019 as Dominica continues on its path towards becoming a climate resilient country.”
    “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.”
    “If Minister Douglas’s announcement materializes, it appears that some eight years after the geothermal development project started, Dominica could receive its first geothermal power plant.”
    The statements above in quotation marks sums up where this geothermal project is at the moment. To say “Nowhere” would be a gross understatement. Whenever Ian speaks, we need to take in all his lies with a pound of salt.

  6. victim
    December 28, 2018

    A promise is a comfort to a fool !

    And sometimes we Dominicans can be very foolish :!:

    well i am no fool !

    I smell an election :!: :!: :!:

  7. Frank N Stein
    December 28, 2018

    https://dominicanewsonline.com/news/?s=geothermal

    See how many times Skerrit and Ian promised that.

  8. BMB
    December 28, 2018

    Ian, you’re blowing more hot air than the geothermal well itself…!

  9. Neville
    December 28, 2018

    Ian, stop lying to the citizens of Dominica. All the money from the CBI is gone and wasted. Most has gone in Skerrit and Nathan’s pocket and the rest was wasted on giving to hotel owners. Not a penny has been invested in the country nor in the citizens of Dominica. Thousand of passports have been sold, where is our money?? We demand to see the account of the CBI and PetroCaribe

    • Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots.
      December 29, 2018

      Check his mansion in Florida and the US Banks as well, that’s where all the CBI money went. When INTERPOL shows up to arrest people yours truly will flee Dominica to live in luxury in Florida with all the money looted from the Dominican treasury. That’s what all dictators do, they loot the treasury and flee the country.

  10. Treski
    December 28, 2018

    These bandits always try to fool the people with there dogon lies.. man move allu rass there.. all you expired. .. bloody waste of time. . Comout there man. . Wat the hell is not allu alone that can run a country. .. the country was running when all u was not there.. so what all u thinking ner… is all u damn piece of land that man.. 18 dorgon years allu there … no advancement in our people. .. all u have chinesse paying people 30 dollars a day. … enslaving people . Call the damn election for me to vote allu out!! Make fasttt!!!!!!

    • Ibo France
      December 28, 2018

      Treski, you are spot on. When the people are docile, sluggish and too laid back, politicians abuse their authority. Where else in the Caribbean $100 000 000 from PetroCaribe just evaporated without any kind of accountability by the government? ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS ($100 000 000) just disappeared in thin air and the people remain close-mouthed. Unbelievable!!!! No transparency or accountability concerning the tens of thousands of passports that have been sold. This is the most opaque government in the Caribbean, possibly, in the world. Opaqueness in government and corruption are Siamese twins. The people should be raising Hell over these blatant acts of outrageous corruption. The garbage bins and fertilizer scandals should have seen the end of Skerrit and his slavish disciples. It’s mind boggling that after so many flagrant, brazen and unashamed acts of corruption by a most unproductive government, the citizens, for the most part, remain thunderously silent.

  11. Zandoli
    December 27, 2018

    I have to to believe that DLP supporters are no different from Trump’s. They get lied to time and again, yet they stand by their man. DLP is like their religion.

  12. Natural and Green
    December 27, 2018

    The valley doesnt need this now! The land isn’t firm enough! See how the mountain broke off in wotten waven. All these tremors and earthquakes.

  13. Sean R Douglas
    December 27, 2018

    It is not true that the geothermal energy development project started 8 years ago. This Government started exploring geothermal energy development since 2001 under the leadership of Pierre Charles with the initial funding secured from The EU, the OAS, AFD, FFEM among others. There are so many questions about this geothermal project that remain unanswered. Why are the French no longer interested in purchasing geothermal energy from us ? If we don’t plan to export geothermal, how much cheaper will it be than generating energy from diesel? Why aren’t we building at least a 15 megawatt plant instead of wasting time on a 5 or 8 megawatt plant.
    The Skerrit administration granted a license to West Indies Power to explore geothermal in the Soufriere/ Scotts Head area. That plant was supposed to have opened in 2010. What has happened to that project ? The owners of the now defunct Griffon Bank and a former Manager of NBD, a Grenadian may have some of those answers too. .

  14. UKDominican
    December 27, 2018

    Ian, if you said energy resilient I might accept that but what has this got to do with climate resilience when it is a potential threat to the environment. I guess it has the same value as your statement that VAT is the backbone of our economy. You heard the church bell ring and are looking for it in the basement. Stop embarrassing yourself being the message boy for Skerrit. He has no respect for you. You said so yourself.

  15. Ibo France
    December 27, 2018

    Geothermal energy will be a huge plus for all Dominicans. Unfortunately, the government has zero credibility on this most important issue. It appears miracles happen for this regime only around election time. Harnessing geothermal energy is expensive and painstakingly complicated. If the government cannot manage to repair things as basic as public buildings, there is no confidence in them attaining geothermal power. It’s all a big election hoax. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. Wise thinking Dominicans are not going to take that bait anymore.

  16. PENNY
    December 27, 2018

    This DLP government remind me of a boyfriend I had,Year after year he kept telling me he’s gonna marry me and give me this and give me that After so many years of waiting and hoping for all the promises he had made to me,I realize he had lied to me. I find the courage to walk away from him and found someone who help me made all my dreams come true. Just can’t believe Dominican are so gullible.

  17. Bring back the kidnapped Dominican parrots
    December 27, 2018

    Years ago they said that the plant would be constructed next year, it is always next year. Next year they will say next year. It is like someone having a bar and posting a sign that says, free beer tomorrow and when customers come in for free beer are told read the sign it says free beer tomorrow. The bamboozlement is in full operation elections must be planned for the near future and the masses will fall for the con again. Didn’t the French back out of the deal already in 2011 due to a trust issue? They have no trust in yours truly with large amounts of money. Who will be watching the money.

  18. North Side
    December 27, 2018

    Every time election approaches it always a talk of Geothermal and International airport. After election you don’t hear a thing until the next election again. SMH. When are Dominicans going to learn.

    • Karl Orndem
      January 28, 2019

      and Marijuana too.

  19. Zandoli
    December 27, 2018

    I don’t think I have ever encountered a more incompetent bunch of people as this government. But then again they must think the Dominican electorate is even more stupid than they are.

    What does it mean when they say the geothermal plant COULD be built by Q3 2019? You either have financing in place to start and complete the project or you don’t. When you do, you announce construction WILL begin in Q3 2019 and then you make it happen.

    They also have a habit of saying something will happen “as soon as possible “. These statements are completely meaningless. Plan the damn thing properly and then execute it.

    I have mentioned before that I work for a manufacturer and our customers would absolutely not accept ASAP or SHOULD/COULD. They want dates because they depend on the information we provide to plan their production.

  20. %
    December 27, 2018

    Ian no talk this time of international airport?
    By that time you all will be out and UWP will give us something better than what you plan,since DLP is a cannot do party .
    Coffee Plant? failure!
    Abbatoir?failure
    International Airport,?failure
    Hospital Roseau? failure
    Hospital Marigot? failure
    Ross?Ross?Ross?Ross?Massive failure
    Roads,etc all in disarray.. failure
    You yourself promised the farmers two boats some years ago. Where are they Ian?Are they in a bottle of Vodka Ian? Failure
    Why were you So doggone moo moo on the Ross issue Ian?.. I would be ashamed to talk on any issue,if I were you,since Ross a multi billions dollar company,which passed at least six Prime ministers,and contributed 30% of our GDP, exited your constituency when you are parl rep.
    Skerrit Must Go
    Skerrit Must Go
    LAZY Skerrit Must Go Now

  21. RandyX
    December 27, 2018

    What a joke, for years absolutely nothing is done in DA. Then election time comes and geothermal once again is being finished, the hospital is going to be finished, the contracts for Marigot hospital signed again, contracts for other roads signed again… Why do you all still believe that professional liar? Vote him out, he’s no good for Dominica. Where is Skerrit anyway? No doubt he is having a jolly again in New York.

  22. RandyX
    December 27, 2018

    What a joke, for years absolutely nothing is done in DA. Then election time comes and geothermal once again is being finished, the hospital is going to be finished, the contracts for Marigot hospital signed again, contracts for other roads signed again… Why do you all still believe that professional liar? Vote him out, he’s no good for Dominica.

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