PM Skerrit reports on geothermal project

A geothermal production well in the Roseau Valley
A geothermal production well in the Roseau Valley

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says a lot has been accomplished for the advancement of the geothermal energy project.

The Dominica leader made the pronouncement at a press conference lasty week.

He revealed that a series of consultations was held with officials of Dominica’s electricity company, DOMLEC.

“Dominica is going to be a critical partner in the delivery of energy from geothermal [resources] because [DOMLEC] will be involved in the distribution. This is important even before commencing the construction of the geothermal plant,” he said. “The Geothermal Bill has been approved by the Ministry of Energy and the Attorney-General’s office,” he said.

The Prime Minister explained that Government has delayed the Bill’s presentation to the House since it wishes to review the document based on observations made by some stakeholders.

The review will determine whether these observations fit in with Government’s policies or would change those policies.

“Once we can make that determination, then the coast will be clear to advance the geothermal project,” he noted.

He added that Cabinet has decided to contract a US$50-million loan from the World Bank to finance the project.

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22 Comments

  1. May 18, 2015

    It is a blessed moment in history when a Nation is given the leadership of a Christ-like King. The wise and compassionate, humble and kind Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit is a gift from God to our sweet and precious Waitikubuli (Dominica). Dr. Skerrit, with the advent of Geothermal Energy, is breathing a breath of fresh air into the Dominican economy. I assure you that when the transformation comes about in a few short years even the critics and naysayers from the other side will be singing the praises of our great Supreme Leader. Under Dr. Skerrit’s leadership Dominica will rise out of the ashes like the mythical phoenix to stand as the most beautiful, developed and wealthy Island in the Caribbean. As a dedicated and die-hard Labourite I am thankful that this great visionary came to MY party so that I can boast to my grandchildren one day of the might and power of the DLP from EO Leblanc (my cousin) to His Holiness, the Knight, Prophet and Demigod, Dr. Roosevelt M. Skerrit.

    • Giving
      May 19, 2015

      I don’t think the PM wants all that praise u give him eh, and in my opinion it sounds a little sinful. just to let you know i am a supporter of the PM and the Labour Party

    • Shameless
      May 20, 2015

      :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Assertive, NOT Aggressive! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  2. Anthony Ismael
    May 18, 2015

    Sentences that features the verb a lot is done so to maintain confusion and give the appearance of progress to simple minded folks. What constitutes a lot to some, may be minute to others. Therefore, a simple project timeline would have sufficed.

    This statement tells me two things:
    1. The government applied for a US$50-million dollar loan from the World Bank.
    2. Consultation was held with DOMLEC.

    Total cost of project, projected completion date, projected cost of electricity to consumers and potential partners were all omitted. When concerned Dominicans react on DNO or become critics, it is because of these deliberate empty statements that are trotted out by the current administration.

  3. Anthony Ismael
    May 18, 2015

    “Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says a lot has been accomplished for the advancement of the geothermal energy project.”
    “He revealed that a series of consultations was held with officials of Dominica’s electricity company, DOMLEC.”

    As an English major, Skerrit knows how to say quite a bit, while saying absolutely nothing. Instead of stating that a lot has been accomplished, why not provide us with a project timeline and list what has been accomplished thus far, so that we can gain a clear understanding of the project and its completion date.

    Dominicans genuinely want to participate in Dominica’s growth and development. However, we are saddled with glory hounds and charlatans who seek to muddle the waters and keep the masses in ignorance.

    It’s impossible to glean accurate information from government’s press releases, as they are designed to maintain perpetual confusion.

  4. May 18, 2015

    Zero confidence in Skerrit

  5. May 18, 2015

    He added that Cabinet has decided to contract a US$50-million loan from the World Bank to finance the project. and Domlec is about to invest US$45-million, and Domlec made a profit of about $15 million for 2014-2015 all of these moneys where is it coming from how are we going to pay all that back, when 95% of what we eat is imported, and I am not saying if, but when the geothermal project comes through, how much will a home who’s paid $600 to Domlec monthly for their electricity, how much will this home pay for electricity when the Dominica and Domlec project comes through . can someone tell me if my question is making any sense.

    I wondering how low the price of electricity will be!

  6. Ted lewis
    May 18, 2015

    I thought AFD had agreed to fund a 15 megawatts plant. I am very confuse as to the fact that the PM reporting that we need to borrow 50m when he reported that AFD had agree to fund the project. When is the projected date for completion as the Pm himself said geotgermal by 2014 and Blackmore said by 2014. This administRation lacks credibility .

    • Ted lewis
      May 18, 2015

      Blackmore said by 2015

    • hanible
      May 18, 2015

      Ted it is your People Portsmouth people that have these donkeys in governmen and if donkeys can put the razzle dazzle on some people there is not much that can be said about the people who fall for this crap.
      But it is a strange country. Plane tickets,bribery and BS is all that is needed to by credibility

  7. Truth be Told
    May 18, 2015

    “Cabinet has decided to contract a US$50-million loan from the World Bank to finance the project.” Mr Prime Minister is that in addition to money already spent on the project? So what is the total projected costs of this project? And what is our total national debt now, Mr Prime Minister?

  8. fooled again
    May 18, 2015

    Dominicans have been expressing concerns about high energy costs for years now.

    Instead of proper planning and diversifying into different forms of renewable energy, including geothermal, Skerritt and his DLP Gov’t fooled the people about a Petro-Caribe project, instituted by Venezuela.

    Fuel storage tanks were built at Jimmit. DLP Gov’t fooled Dominicans about electricity rates would decrease significantly. The cabal boasted that fuel, gas, diesel, at the pump,s would be cheaper because of the fuel from Venezuela. The minister for Petro-Caribe promised to build a playing field close to the sea shore at Jimmit, Remember? Many fell for those hoaxes.

    Where are the cheaper electricity rates? Is fuel at the pumps cheaper? Where is the playground gens Jimmit? Ask Skerritt and his deceptive DLP Gov’t., nuh.

    Remember the $60 plus million $$$$$$ those in Petro Caribe owed to Venezuela? Where all that Money gone. People keep asking?

    Another almost EC$150…

  9. King Skerrit
    May 18, 2015

    Stuuupss!! More hot air. More useless talk. Useless noise. NOTHING happening to move the country forwards.

  10. Me
    May 18, 2015

    The government does not need to help Domlec take more Domincans money! Kill this mosquito I’m tired of it ducking my bloody money!!
    Bury the high power cables. This will reduce cancer risks and create jobs. On another note it removes the problem of them falling down in high winds.

  11. UserName
    May 18, 2015

    Mr PM, thought that you would have been a bit clearer it reporting when was construction stopped, and when has it commenced. In other words how long has been the delay and since recommencement (hopefully) what has been the nature of work conducted. What has been said the Nation already knew that.. nothing new it that report.

  12. john
    May 18, 2015

    We are still servile servant every body say go to college no one is telling us what to study to create wealth to get out of slavery college prepare us to work we cannot even manage a small quest house in portsmouth all quest houses in Dominica is badly managed people must learn how to manage things. All we do is talk and fight on Radio and solve nothing . We do things like we are in the stone age no one has aplan to move Dominica not even the opposition. If the opposition wins where is the money going to come come from to employ people and maintain structures in Dominica no one asks their leaders nothing thr y just wants change where is our brains Like shillingford and Fountain to lead us what are they doing they should be having classes in every village teaching about government, our people needs education not useless drama from Clayton shillingford and Dr fountain stop the noise we need brains

  13. Gary
    May 18, 2015

    When the Government said that a series of consultations was held with officials of Dominica’s electricity company i hope the interest of Dominica was at the forefront. Let us not forget it is The Government who went out and secure the loans and funding for such a project and The Government and people of Dominica should have the major say as stakeholders not Domlec. I’m also curios as to why The Government cannot control the distribution of electricity, that’s where the money and profit is. There is a trend world wide privatizing the distribution of water and electricity companies owned by Governments, such a policy is backed by The World Bank. We as Dominicans hope that our Government hold our best interest when negotiating with the stakeholders regarding this project

  14. john
    May 18, 2015

    There is not one single Dominican helping the prime minister or telling him what to do when it comes to geothermal power, where is the opposition. If a plant is going to be build build one that will generate enough power to supply the french island at the same time so we can pay for it with the power we sell them. All you here is what the prime minister is not doing no one is telling him what to do . Where is the people with brains if we build a small plant it will be a mistake dominicans will not get cheap power. Why don’t people come up with ideas to move their country forward. Please people I beg uou tell the Labour party to get it right this time . If the world bank don’t want to give you the money to build the right one let the chinese build it and pay them latter please get it right if you don’t price of power will not come down

  15. anonymous2
    May 18, 2015

    Somehow I really question this. Another loan from the World Bank sharks? Nothing but a recipe for disaster financially.

  16. funiti
    May 18, 2015

    The GSPS previously identified infrastructure as one of the binding constraint on Dominica’s growth. Notwithstanding; and while significant progress has been made in that regard, the prospect of abundant, clean and affordable energy would be a game changer for this country. The most immediate benefit would be a positive impact on our balance of payment, enhanced capacity for sustainable environmental management and reduction of our carbon foot print’ and ultimate relieving residents, commerce and industry from probably the most critical constraint on development pervading the world. Access to energy is not only availability but affaordability

  17. grell
    May 18, 2015

    Your the supmreme leader fool,who cares about your stupid UPDATE.

    • Gary
      May 18, 2015

      It is sad when people like you make such silly comments, you have showed a combination of arrogance and ignorance. Isn’t it important that The Government give us an update regarding the progress on such an important project, wow.

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