Dominica has launched geothermal exploration, a major step to moving away from use of fossil fuel for energy generation, government said.
It has contracted an Icelandic company to assist the island in drilling three test wells in the Roseau Valley.
Dominica has long been speaking about its potential in geothermal energy and the need to greater exploit renewable resources for lower energy costs and revenue generation for the economy.
“We shall be drilling three test wells in the Valley catchment area. If we are to achieve the objectives that we are looking at, first of all to build a small plant to supply our local demand and secondly, to achieve our long-term objective of building a 120 mega watt power plant to supply the French departments of Guadeloupe and Martinique, we must first of all have a clear sense as to the size and quality of that resource,” said Minister for Energy Rayburn Blackmoore Monday at the ceremony to launch geothermal exploration.
Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit stressed that the geothermal project must be “shared” with Martinique and Guadeloupe, as the Regional Council of Guadeloupe has been at the forefront of it.
“At a time, it was as if the geothermal potential resided in Guadeloupe rather than Dominica because of the passion showed to this very important project,” Skerrit said.
He stated also that the collaboration would auger well for an integration process among the three countries.
Government signed a contract worth $17-million earlier this year with an Icelandic company for exploration of geothermal energy sources here.