Dominica right ahead in developing geothermal energy – Blackmore

Geothermal activity in Dominica. Photo credit: Matt Drobnik

Minister for Energy Rayburn Blackmoore says government is optimistic about development of geothermal energy in Dominica

Blackmoore told media here Friday geothermal energy is “our greatest hope in renewable energy”, and that Dominica is “right ahead” in developing the resource.

“The last time I was in Miami at this renewable energy conference and reference was made about Dominica because we are right ahead in terms of developing that resource,” he pointed out.

Government has announced that efforts to maximize the country’s geothermal potential are beginning to come to life with the exploration of geothermal energy resource in Wotten Waven due to start in July.

Geothermal energy development is to give Dominica a more reliable and affordable source of energy and reduce its dependence on oil.

Dominica has been told that it’s likely to be affected by rising oil prices.

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23 Comments

  1. VAWB
    February 28, 2011

    Empty vessels make the most noise. Sounds very much like night landing. Why doesn’t the government not say anything at all until it really is happening. I’d have a whole lot more faith.

  2. Not So Fast
    February 27, 2011

    More of the same speech to come…….Remember 2008, 2009 & 20010(sorry 2010 and counting…) this is 2011’s? maybe :?:

  3. only
    February 27, 2011

    Well, hurry up!

  4. pist off at oil
    February 27, 2011

    i like that idea

  5. Just saying
    February 27, 2011

    Well I have some money and would like to invest in this exciting venture to. So its for all of us D/cans. If I don’t have enough money I will seek to get a loan like the others. We all will take one big loan. How about that?

  6. Neutral
    February 27, 2011

    Just once I would like to see concrete proof of all these projects these ministers keep talking about. Please more ground breaking and completion ceremonies less promises of things to come.

    • Just saying
      February 27, 2011

      Well they are making these promises and breaking ground early so we have about 3.5 years to see if the projects will come through. In the past these promises were during election campaign or at the Govt. last year before election. I will give them the benefit of the doubt now. Lets wait and see and hope for the best.

    • MAESTRO
      February 28, 2011

      I guess you think that exploring for Geothermal is like putting together a Charcaol Pit? You haters of the DLP must be real. This is not an initiative that is cheap or that can be rushed for political expediency. This is serious scientific and dangerous exploration and we must be real with our comments on these issues. The Minister is not the scientist involved in the exploration he can ONLY say report on what he has and cannot give us definite dates and timelines BUT again once we hate the DLP we can post these sort on unintelligent comments and thats being patriotic RIGHT? Peace.

  7. Tourist
    February 27, 2011

    Bearing in mind that the world is facing ever increasing oil prices I believe this is an absolute MUST for Dominica. Furthermore this is a renewable source of ‘green’ energy thus fitting Dominica’s image. The same way some nations generate massive income for its people from selling oil, Dominica should tap in it’s few natural resources to generate income for the state and its people. Having said that, these licenses should not be given away for a few dollars (see water export) to foreigners but instead the government should invest and control this for the benefit of all Dominicans. Dominica should not have any problems getting finance and grants for this project.
    The only question I have the government: why is it taking so long to get this of the ground? All I hear is constant talk and very little action!

  8. West Coast
    February 27, 2011

    Great, I am looking forward to the day when we will be in charge of our energy. Is West Indies Power still doing the exploratory work? Will government be selling shares to nationals? I hope so.

  9. Wotten Waven Resident abroad
    February 26, 2011

    Thats a great step to using our natural resources for dependence. Dominica has sent students abroad to study Thermal Energy Enginering…..Lets go for it. The economy and the village wotten waven will prosper from this move. Some people should get out the jungle way of thinking…( oh do mess with de sulphur … is trouble all you looking for)…lol…..Like it or not times are changing. The next step mr Minister would be harnessing wind energy. Dominica has many mountains and it’s windy as hell there.

  10. Born GUy
    February 26, 2011

    Forward we go to the next level…

  11. GREAT
    February 26, 2011

    I am happy for the efforts of all those involved; politicians, engineers, civil servants etc. Being proactive is a Great Idea. We used our water resource in the past and led in hydro electricity now we are venturing out to use our Geo-active status to provide for more efficient energy for our people. Again i say, Great move. I wish this project all the success. Has my full support.

  12. Piper
    February 26, 2011

    “…. exploration of geothermal energy resource in Wotten Waven ”

    Exploration in Wotten Waven is almost like shoot fish in a barrel. Being an active zone, all they need to do is dig a hole anywhere in the area. lol.

    • MangoSweet
      February 27, 2011

      Piper… You merely confirmed that you were just cracking a joke. LOL

  13. Dominica's Child
    February 26, 2011

    I’m confident that the Christian brothers have more funds than the government to finance this project. This group of US based Dominicans to include the Etienne boy, Dr. Finn and others have their own money waiting for the government to grant them exclusive right to the Island’s natural resources and then we will see real development.

    Sampson will prove to Maynard that he is a real investor when he make his contribution and that he can do without Skerrit’s handout.

    • S.A.M.
      February 28, 2011

      Apparently you have some secret funds for these guys. They Doh Have Money.

      Is not penny hape-nee to test/drill/build.

      They need to show the money and they doh have it.

      They wanted to get the license from Gov’t and sell it to highest bidder.

      They were never going to drill or explore….profit on us without lifting a finger

  14. what the hell are people thinking
    February 26, 2011

    what exploring u all talkign about nuh i drill wells for water and geothermal resources for the british army as a leaving and i know in a place like dominica u can build a geothermal power station on any spot on the island all u need is a good enough source of water for injecting down the well TAKE THE 27 MILLION U ALL LOOKIGN FOR TO BUILD STATE HOUSE AND USE THAT MONEY TO BUILD 2 POWER PLANTS ON THE ISLAND ONE IN THE NORTH AND ONE TRAFALGAR AREA if u all paying me ill gladly come back home and help but stop wasting people time talkign nonesense

    • S.A.M.
      February 28, 2011

      In case you just started reading DNO, do a search and see that an article was posted recently by DNO stating that there is a project underway for this in the Wotten Waven area.

      FYI – Mr. British Army – Wotten Waven (Vallay) is part of the Roseau Valley.

  15. projects
    February 26, 2011

    Mr Minister did you find any serious investor yet to start the project or it is just a talk and a feel good factor or fighting for a position for yourself you know what i am talking about.

    • lycan
      February 26, 2011

      i find that you’re forward to say that the minister fighting for position. Thats his job and he is doing it. Dont be forward and show some respect.

    • Wondering
      February 26, 2011

      Gabu and Thompson are interested . Governent should give them the go ahead. What you think

      • BLACKMORE
        February 27, 2011

        Are you insane or mentally disabled? Not over my dead body.

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