Dominica’s geothermal energy thrust is getting positive reviews.
The review came from Trinidad and Tobago’s (TnT) Minister of Planning and Sustainable Development, Dr. Bhoendradatt Tewarie.
As a matter of fact, the Minister is calling the project an ambitious and doable one.
“I note that Dominica is going to make geothermal energy, that is a very good initiative,” he said while addressing the Annual General Meeting of the Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) at the Fort Young Hotel on Wednesday night. “This is an ambitious project but it is doable.”
He commended the island for transforming its volcanic nature into renewable energy.
“So here you are in Dominica trying to use the fact that you are a volcanic island with the potential for geothermal energy and you are trying to make something and do something and make something happen,” he noted.
Tewarie remarked that the initiative can be a success if managed properly.
“If you succeed with this, and you will succeed if you manage it well, this will make a big difference in development,” he stated. “It will make a big difference in energy terms and it will make a big difference in development terms and it will make also a big difference in the perception of the world about you and what you are capable of.”
The government has spend over $50-million on exploring the island’s geothermal potential.
Last month, Energy Minister Ian Douglas said that a draft Geothermal Bill, which will govern the exploration, development and exploitation of power that will be generated from the country’s geothermal resources, is nearing completion.
He stated that it is ready to be taken to cabinet for “final blessing,” adding that the geothermal program is well on its way.
Douglas said a construction of a small geothermal plant is to begin by 2017.
In 2012 former Energy Minister, Rayburn Blackmoore, had said construction of the plant would begin in the first quarter of 2013.
Also in 2012, Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, told parliament that Dominica could have a geothermal power plant in operation by 2014.