Two test wells already operational and one more to go, as the Dominica government seeks to quantify the geothermal energy available to the island for tapping into.
Works Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says while the government has an idea that the resource is there “we need to ascertain the quality and the quantity of the resource”.
According to the minister the current exploration initiative shows the government’s commitment to diversify Dominica’s energy resources.
“We believe our greatest hope is in geothermal development,” he told Dominica News Online.
Blackmoore says the people of Dominica deserve an energy source “that is cheaper and more sustainable too”.
Officials working on the project say they expect to give a full status report on the work being done in the near future.
Last December Dominica launched its geothermal exploration project, with the government describing the initiative as a major step in the process of moving away from use of fossil fuel for energy generation.
The government signed a $17 million dollar contract with an Icelandic company which is spearheading the drilling of three test wells in the Roseau Valley.