New milestone in geothermal plant development in Dominica



Continued progress is being made in the development of Dominica’s Geothermal plant as two production wells are being completed.

During a media tour yesterday, Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy, Vince Henderson stated that he was thrilled about this milestone after many challenges.

So far, 15 million U.S. dollars has been spent on the project.

“Certainly we are excited about this new milestone that we have just reached and the development of geothermal energy in Dominica,”

“It’s been a long road, we’ve had many challenges but thank God we are progressing and  we’ve picked up steam because now we are testing our second production well.”

He reported that in the next three weeks, they expect to have the report from the consultants who are testing the production well.

“We have also completed the drilling of the reinjection well and that’s the one I was nervous about because that one is critical. We had no reinjection well so this is the missing component to really construct a power plant and now we have tested and we know it has the capacity to do what it is designed for and to ensure that we can run a 10 MW geothermal power plant.”

Henderson stated that the next stage is to move into the construction of the power plant and is excited about what has been achieved so far.

“We have an amazing group of young people who have been working on this project the last several months and they’re very excited to see what they have been able to assist us to achieve,” he expressed.

“We are also ensuring that we do not put a burden on the taxpayers so that we can ensure that the project itself at the end of it will be to the benefit of all and that we’ll see reduction in the price of electricity.”

According to him, this plant will provide an opportunity for Dominica to help to develop new industries, make business more competitive and lift more people out of poverty.

He added that it is also expected that once negotiations are concluded on the power plant it will take two years to complete the plant.

“We are hoping that in the coming weeks, we will step up our negotiations with the developer of the power plant itself and hopefully soon thereafter we can see the commencement of work on the construction of that power plant.”

Work is also being done on the transmission line from  Laudat to Fond Cole with the hope that a contract will be issued soon to see its construction.

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  1. Lin clown
    April 20, 2023

    Remove your head from q95 and the media whore pit toilet.Get fresh air and listen to international news,not news fed to you like you are in a pig pen.There are 35 CBI agents plus promoters and sub agents.The government only receives a percentage from the sale of citizenship. CBI is a programme and Skerrit cannot sell passports.Any body who say Skerrit selling our passports is viewed by the majority of Dominicans as a Jacka.Explain how Skerrit go about selling passports.

  2. Anthony Ismael
    April 20, 2023

    Given the complexity of this project, the share size of public expenditure that has been expensed on this capital project, the proposed outcome and scope of work involved, I have reduced my expectations significantly. After all these years and all these millions, I would be happy to see at least eight lampposts with lights every night inside the village of Laudat, from this project as proof that we’re on the right track. That’s it. Just eight lampposts! That’s all that I’m asking for.

  3. Jeanne
    April 20, 2023

    Why are these type of comments ACCEPTED SMH

  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    April 19, 2023

    A lot of hot steam for the past 20 years and destroying beautiful land but where is the electricity and who is getting all the money, yours truly? They better be careful they may cause a volcano and major earthquake and blow up the whole island. Never mess with mother nature.

  5. No pun intended
    April 18, 2023

    It’s good to see the plant is finally “PICKING UP STEAM” after almost 10 years

  6. Washing Machine
    April 18, 2023

    Once again, 1000+ words but he really hasn’t said anything. This is a white elephant that only serves one purpose and that is for Skerrit to say where some of the missing CBI went. It’s a simple trick. You built something that occasionally emits steam and you tell the citizen over US$15 million has been spent so far on this hoax. In reality not even EC$5 million have been spent. So all of a sudden Mister has a clean profit of US$12.5 on the white elephant and all of a sudden 15 million USD are accounted for and are ‘clean’ that beforehand went missing. Your CM is an illusionist. He tricks you every single day of the week.

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