Geothermal development a national priority – PM Skerrit

Geothermal activity in Dominica
Geothermal activity in Dominica

The development of geothermal energy is a national priority for Dominica, prime minister and minister of finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister has stated that electricity generated from geothermal sources is set to lower the cost of energy.

“Benefits derived from geothermal energy generation are expected to extend beyond the domestic electricity market to that of energy export,” he said.

A significant investment of $12,475,987 was made by the Government of Dominica between January and June 2013 for the undertaking of geothermal development works in the Roseau Valley. This included drilling and site preparation works.

The Government of Dominica has already invested over $31-million for the exploratory phase of the geothermal project.

Government is currently pursuing the construction of a small power plant which will concentrate of local consumption.

Plans are also in place to construct a large power plant which will facilitate the export of electricity generated through geothermal energy sources to the neighbouring French territories of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Dominica hosted a Geothermal Partners Development Forum from September 26 to 27, 2013.

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  1. Grand Bay Boy
    November 1, 2013


  2. LOL
    November 1, 2013

    Please Dominicans, lets vote these guys out before our geothermal energy project comes to a realization. We will not see the benefits of this if these guys are still in office. Look at the Petro Caribe initiative, we still aren’t receiving the benefits of low fuel costs. Look at the West Indies Power that got the first licence for geothermal exploration in Soufriere so many years ago, all these monies passed under the table and today nothing resulted, now they on to another company. Dominicans take heed.

    • me
      November 1, 2013

      I guess that is the plan to take over after all our hard work and get the credit. Not happening!

  3. ufo
    November 1, 2013

    There should be no flipping Geothermal in the Nature Isle :twisted: :twisted: …current for what/whom?..70.000 people?… and spoiling the “Zion” at that!!! It’s now a sick joke…..Bring back some trams to Laudat…

  4. Solution
    October 31, 2013

    I’m sure that the DLP will win the next election to efectively deal with the renewable energy programme. UWP cannot handle such matters as this.


  5. Lougaoo Mem
    October 31, 2013

    Though I am 100% for geothermal energy with “SAFTEY FIRST,” because I’m confident such a project will be vital to our economy, I do understand why people are very cynical ’bout promises and everything else you’ve said. In fact, the record speaks for itself.

    I believe the next government will be more capable to deliver with transparency, honesty, and credibility a geothermal energy that all Dominicans will be proud of.

    • me
      November 1, 2013

      You sound a little confused or maybe you are just ashamed to give credit where it is due. Don’t worry you will be alright. As soon as you accept the truth.

  6. Cushite
    October 31, 2013

    Mr. Skerrit said the same thing about Petro Caribe, we still painfully remember the fiasco of Dominica Light and Power – over $2,000,000 went to de boys. Hydro Power was supposed to do the same, what we got was the highest electricity bills in the entire Caribbean. The fact of the matter is, this labour party government is incapable of making that happen. This is too sophisticated for them – it will take much more than running a RED CLINIC

  7. Dance
    October 31, 2013

    Mr. Skerrit said the same thing about Petro Caribe, we still remember the debacle of Dominica Light and Power- over $2,000,000 went to de BOYS, Hydro Power was supposed to do the same, what has happened? our electricity bills are the highest in the Caribbean.The fact of the matter is, the labour party government does not have what it takes to make that happen – this is much more involved than a running a RED CLINIC.

  8. Anthony P. Ismael
    October 31, 2013

    If my math is correct, the present government spent money in the following areas:
    1. State House: $27,000,000.00
    2. Geothermal exploration: $ 31, 000, 00.00
    3. Melville Hall Airport upgrade: $110,000,000.00
    That’s a grand total of: $168,000,000.00 in expenditures.
    So please don’t tell me that Dominica cannot afford to construct an international airport. Our government and political bosses lack will, vision and boldness. While I am not disputing what areas the moneys were spent in, I am questioning the return on investment in these areas, when compared to the long term benefits of the airport.
    I sincerely hope that the next administration gets this done. The citizens of Dominica should not accept any excuses why this project should not be undertaken.

  9. Morihei Ueshiba
    October 31, 2013

    Development and your child being born in America, TWO-FACE PM!

    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2013

      Whose business is it. Certainly none of your damn business. Are you the one is going to buy the baby’s layette. What development of a country to do with a child being born in another country? Leave children out of all you politics.

      • banan
        November 1, 2013

        you see that THING in your MOUTH;it’s time to give it a VACATION.

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