The students of the Laudat Primary School on Wednesday got a first hand look at the major geothermal exploration project being undertaken in their community.
They were brought to the site and given a tour of the facilities.
“Today is about the kids, and about the community and less about us trying to talk about the project,” Project coordinator Jason Timothy told reporters.
However he indicated that the project was going well despite “hiccups” now and then, without elaborating.
Referring to the children’s visit to the site, Timothy said the objective was to help them understand what is going on in their community.
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.
An Icelandic company is assisting the island in the drilling of three test wells in the Roseau Valley.
According to Timothy, they are now on the second well, and expect to be moving on to the third in the near future.
Dominica has long been speaking about its potential in geothermal energy and the need to 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,” Minister for Energy Rayburn Blackmoore explained back in December at a ceremony to launch the project.
Government signed a contract worth $17-million last year for the exploration of geothermal energy sources here.