Two contracts for continuation of geothermal plant to be issued soon – PM Skerrit

The government of Dominica will issue two contracts for the continuation of the construction of a geothermal plant in Dominica with assistance from the United Kingdom and the World Bank.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made this announcement on January 12th at welcoming ceremony for the British High commissioner to Dominica, His Excellency Scott Furssedonn-Wood. His stay in Dominica started from January 10th and will last until January 14th. 

While here, Furssedonn-Wood and his delegation visited the geothermal site in Laudat, a project “that holds much economic promise for the island.”

 “We have issued one contract for a phase of the project; this has been going on since last year. There are two additional contracts which are about to be issued. There were some administrative issues we had to address with the World Bank and this been basically set aside and I believe in the next couple weeks or so then I should be in a position to give the go-ahead for these two contracts,” the prime minister stated.

He revealed that the government had to redefine the project “because when going out to tender, all of the bids came out way beyond the funds they had for the project.”

In looking at that design, Skerrit said experts suggested that the project could be reconfigured with the reinjection well in Laudat and not all the way towards Wotten Waven and into Trafalgar which “certainly removed a huge chunk of the cost of the project.”

“We believe we can achieve our objective. With this, we are partnering with a French company to invest in this project and to manage it and I believe that we are moving closer to the promise land. And…I think if we have a partner like a British government with us we should be able to achieve this,” skerrit stated.

He added although the plan of the project has been around for some time, the exploratory phase was both costly and long in duration for obvious reasons.

“We were impacted by Hurricane Maria and I believe that the natural reaction of most would have been to scrap this project but at the very first cabinet meeting, we indicated that this project is too important to the transformation of Dominica,” the prime minister said.

 He said while it has been costly, the government has maintained  its realization of the importance of this project together with a coalition of partners including the UK government and the World Bank which he stated have been “very gracious” with their support, in terms of the provision of financial and technical support and “the literal holding of our hands through this process.”

The Prime minster stated that this venture would place Dominica in a better position to reduce the use of fossil fuel in the country and enhance its resilience agenda by utilizing the resources on island to generate energy.

“One can appreciate the impact we’d have on tourism and light manufacturing and the cost of energy that we currently pay.”

He said the UK has not only provided grants towards the financing of the geothermal plant but has provided much needed Technical and moral support. Skerrit recalled that since Hurricane Maria, when 226% of Dominica’s GDP was affected, the UK has provided moral support to Dominica in addition to US 10 million dollars they’ve donated.

“For us is not only about the financial support, it is about the genuine care and concern which the UK government continues to bestow on our country which is so very important,” the prime minister stated.

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31 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    January 17, 2022

    If Dominica were still a British colony the steam powered plant would have been constructed long ago because all the donated money would still be in Dominica not in yours truly + crew overseas bank accounts. Why would anyone in their right mind trust yours truly with any large amounts of money?

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    • Odinn
      January 19, 2022

      The British do not possess the acquied technological skills nor expertise to build an electricity producing plant, utilizing geothermal energy from the ground. As the knowledge is neither available locally, it must be sourced from others, as is the case now. Dominican authorities are probably securing the interests of the public and the state by drafting these contracts, so the valuable natural resource is not just handed over to some knights who are going to reap all the benfit of it.

    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 19, 2022

      You see, when people don’t know they run off their mouth talking fart, like in CO2; in reference to yours truly; you do not anything about thermal generating energy.

      Note: “A geothermal plant is a facility where electricity is generated by geothermal energy. Geothermal energy is the thermal energy contained inside the Earth. These facilities perform a thermodynamic exchange at a certain depth of the terrestrial layers to heat a fluid.”

      Shut up, what steam you talking about; man get educated; get a night class if you can!

      Now if you wish I give you some lessons in thermodynamics, and if you read my comments for twenty years by now you should have learnt something from me; because most of my submissions are intended to be educational, deduced from my intellectual mine, and general scientific learning.
      If you know more than I do; disclose how many major categories of energy are there for generating electricity; and they are accomplished.
      Let me see your knowledge on the…

  2. Ibo France
    January 16, 2022

    Mr. Skerrit reminds me of a hen. A hen hatches chicks. Mr. Skerrit hatches lies (coup d’ etat), ………………… division ( sharing ham and turkey), , controversy (putting CBI billions in offshore banks), political mischief (making Melissa, the least educated politician in the universe, a parliamentarian).

    This geothermal energy coming to fruition in Dominica, is as elusive as a dog catching its tail.

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  3. Lawyer
    January 16, 2022

    More pie in the sky. We heard it all before. Get out of here! Skerrit is a creation of the modern DLP and a few unscrupulous money hungry wannabe Politicians, Professionals and Businessmen. They propelled this charlatan to a ill fated Premiership entirely because it suited their narrow interests, with no regard for the consequences for our beloved country. It is extraordinary how little contrition many of those who backed him have shown. Skerrits resignation is not enough, all those mentioned above must be held accountable for the last 20 years of corruption, incompetence, misuse of public funds and nepotism.

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  4. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    January 16, 2022

    His excellency yours truly the illustrious mighty one and only Prime minister has been blowing hot steam on the mountain for 20 years and still no promised electricity and development for the people where is all the donated money going? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  5. Ibo France
    January 15, 2022

    Geothermal energy – soon come
    DSC -soon fix
    International airport – soon complete
    Cruise village – soon to start
    Electoral reforms – soon to be publicized
    Roses reconfiguration – soon to happen

    Mr. Skerrit is a hybrid of a scorpion and a serpent. This creature is devoid of empathy and totally incapable of righteousness, scruples and probity.

    For Dominica to regain some semblance of her once pristine image, Dominicans at home and abroad have to discard the MONSTER that presently occupies the OPM. This would take the combined efforts of the media, business sector, clergy and the rest of civil society.

    What Dominica needs now is an ethical and civic minded leader with unquestionable integrity, vision, magnanimity, articulable skills and a willingness to be inclusive and open minded. The present illegitimate occupant of this office abysmally lacks these indispensable qualities.

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  6. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    January 15, 2022

    His excellency yours truly the illustrious PM has been blowing hot steam for 20 years and still no electricity, is this another grift at Dominican peoples expense where if the money coming from and to who is it going to whose bank account?

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  7. Under the radar
    January 15, 2022

    Oh not this again… banana republic news is just a recycling plant.

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    • Me
      January 17, 2022

      Banana republic? Sadly, not even that anymore.

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  8. January 15, 2022

    King, any child, any blind man who is reading this can identify that these words, these statements are that of a notorious liar. Sa qua ma terre.

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  9. Ibo France
    January 14, 2022

    If you believe this compulsive, diabolical LIAR with this perennial lie about geothermal energy, then I have a piece of real estate in heaven to sell you for $0.50 per square mile.

    During the 2019 general election, the unrepentant conartist shut down pedestrian and vehicular traffic, created thick clouds of steam by kick-starting the geothermal plant This was a vote catching attempt to mislead the country into thinking that finally the long awaited promise of geothermal energy was imminent. Over two years have passed and this project is stuck like an old, derelict buddy on an abandoned lot.

    Now, here we go for the umpteenth time, another empty promise and yet another failure to deliver. One of the biggest problems with Skerrit, he promises too much and delivers too little. This guy is no better than a bag of coal dust.

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  10. Dan Tanner
    January 14, 2022

    We lived in Dominica for six years starting in 2008. Tue process here is still going on. That is because any investor (and the turbines must be made of titanium! because of the sulphuric acid in the steam) must recover the investment and profit. But the market for power in Dominica is not that robust, and there is no way to profitably store the power for transport or transmit it.

    What would an investor do? Give power to Dominicans for free?

    My idea: Let the Dominican government make the investment and then re-invest the profits in local industry, infrastructure, and education so that the people of Dominica can benefit – not some foreign investors using Dominica’s recourses for their benefit (the definition of colonial exploitation).

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    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      January 17, 2022

      How is the Dominican government going to invest the money needed when there is none it has been put in yours truly + crew overseas bank accounts, money already contributed by other countries. Not to mention all the C B I money moved off shore to Dominican politicians bank accounts. Th Dominican government cannot be trusted with large sums of Dominican peoples money.

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  11. Roger Burnett
    January 14, 2022

    I wish the geothermal plant success. However, having lived through so many local and regional comedies of errors over the last fifty years, I am not holding my breath.

    Right here in Dominica, I have witnessed buildings mistakenly built to the wrong plans and the equipment installed unsuited for job. Those who try to forewarn are silenced with: “Shut up, we know what we’re doing.”. The colossal blunder at Antrim being a case in point.

    The funding agencies place an overly amount of trust in the recipients. There are not enough on-the-ground checks and balances. And overseas contractors and consultants do not have to live with their blunders. They take their fee and move on.

    As I have said before: it all too often appears that third world funding from first world donors is there to keep the third world in the third world.

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    • Odinn
      January 19, 2022

      Development and building of a geothermal power-plant is a tried and tested procedure which takes about 10 year of planning, at least. The world production of electricity with geothermal energy is 15,854 MW and Dominca will add 7 MW to that figure. There is no such thing as “good enough for Dominica” or any other developing country in this business. It is very similar to producing electricity with diesel. If the engines work and you know the fuel — it works, regardless wheather is is the Caribbean, the Phillipines, Mexico or the Arctic.

  12. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 14, 2022

    The visit of Furssedonn-Wood, is simply another opportunity for the father and king of lies, Roosevelt Skerrit to run off his mouth, and lie about singing two contracts for the continuation of this so called Geothermal Electricity Generating Plant.

    For the past fifteen years or more, each time the dawn of an election approaches, the corrupted little black river rat, the doctor Sir Knight:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!

    Yes, this triple and quadro doctor of fart; this fighting knight comes with his long sharp double edge edged sword his tongue, trying to impress the feeble minded that the construction of some geothermal plant will materialize.

    Fact is there shall never be an operating geothermal operating plant nor shall there ever be an International Airport ever built in Dominica, as long as the doctor of fart is prime minister of Dominica.

    (Ah wanda how much ratten ham, an turkey dem geewa teday nuh)?

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    • Bring back the kidnapped parrots
      January 17, 2022

      Yours truly has been blowing hot steam and expanding gas for 20 years.

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  13. derp
    January 14, 2022

    You all should have signed a contract with Iceland instead they are experts on geothermal energy basically 100% of their power is renewable

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  14. UKDominican
    January 14, 2022

    I am glad our old Mother country is still willing to assist us. This contribution is thanks to the UK. tax payers, of whom this Dominican is one. We should reflect on this some time. Not all colonial relics are necessarily bad.

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    • Zandoli
      January 17, 2022

      @UKDominican…….I suggest you so some reading on the subject of “mother country, colonialism, slavery”…….just read some history of the region. Not the books written by the colonial masters who tend to glorify their presence in the region, but those written by our people who will tell you the truth about your “mother country” masters.
      That is all I will say to you. It is obvious you sound like someone who went to England a long time ago and you bought into that mother country nonsense without knowing where to look for the truth.
      Read some of the works of Walter Rodney.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 17, 2022

      In any event, Africa, is the old mother country, of all the former British colonies including Dominica!

      Remember, we did not come to the Caribbean, nor to North and South America on our own accrued; indeed, we were stolen from our mother country, and brought to the West Indies against our will, tortured and brutalized us; turning our forefathers into slaves.

      Be informed also, prior to Caucasian: Black Africans were first on the continent of Europe, Black people traveled to Europe, from Africa on foot!

      Then comes the mutation, hence white people, Caucasian appeared in Europe, no need to say science has proved that the entire world people at a certain era were black, by now every Biology, and Anatomy student knows the DNA found in the oldest exoskeleton millions of years old, recognized as a black human, DNA is in every human, Black or white, or any other pigmentation of humans.

      Conclusion: Africa is our mother country, not Britian, and they are not giving us any help!

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      • Gary
        January 18, 2022

        @Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque So now you are an Anthropologist and Historian, lol.

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        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          January 19, 2022

          Gary, I am not an Anthropologists major, nevertheless, if I told you that I also have a degree in the Liberal Arts, you should have realized there is a probability that I have studied, such and similar subjects.
          Be informed that anybody with a degree in the Liberal Arts is someone who have studied a series of various science, that gives them the opportunity to branch off into any field of science they desire, such people are not easy to contend with.
          While I majored in Electronics, and Electrical Engineering, I chose the Liberal Arts for my other educational classes, one who never had an upper level education, or study the sciences will not understand how the educational system, and academics work!
          Sir Gary, I am not a historian, I am simply a student of higher learning, who took in as much as I could, now some people envy my intelligence; but if you do not believe what you read it easy to do some research and prove me to be true or a liar!
          It is true Gary Black people were…

      • Wesley Girl
        January 19, 2022

        So says that hyper educated prince of Wesley. Why don’t you shut up, Telemaque. You are embarrassing the entire country with your ongoing verbal diarrhoea. Find something constructive to do in your banana shed in LA.

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        • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
          January 19, 2022

          At least I thought you how to spell Telemaque; I am not a Prince, of Wesley, I was born King of Wesley!
          If you are Wesley girl, go to my sister funeral now in progress, you lying gutter rat!

          If you are from Wesley, you were born in that nasty gutter that runs from Hunt and empty in the Sea at Johnny Hole below the Reggie  Armor Estate, and the Adventist Church and school, just before you go  up the hill to Palm Tree!
          Stand on the little bridge and look into the gutter, especially on the eastern side in the water, all you see in it that’s what you are!
          A bunch of filth, garbage, and Kaillie Fish, which are not good for human consumption that’s what you are! You no good little rat, you fake imposter.

          When my old dead grandmother who was a walking encyclopedia, along with her sister, sent me and my cousin Lois Robinson, to school we went; and took in all we got in Dominica, the rest we gave to ourselves via college and university, so shut up you little…

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            January 19, 2022

            So shut up you little rat, instead of calling yourself Wesley girl, say I am a nasty girl who is a liar, and perhaps a Dominica thief oui!

            Hahahahahahahahahahahahha!

            You know why; because wherever liars are found a thief follows sharply behind; again Kid Francisco King of Wesley, is neither a thief, liar, scoundrel or want to be anything, I am myself; a lone scout who dwell among the creatures of the night; who knows how to deal with anything cast at me.
            Many, have tried to humiliate me as you and others are doing, I don’t know if they are all dead; I don’t know if they all has self-destruct, or if their cell phone broke up, and they cannot afford another, and disappeared into oblivion, all I know is that they are no longer crawling in my hair!

            Sorry my mistake I mean crawling on me bald-head!

            Sooner or later you will make your exist into oblivion; you have a face like a dragon, your tongue is like a serpent; you  ole wench!
            Hahahahahahahahahha!

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          • Wesley Girl
            January 20, 2022

            You are completely of your rocker! You are in urgent need of psychologist. King of Wesley… my foot. The only gutter rat I see here is you, that proclaimed king of Wesley. You know in the country I live in they look away people like you, that talk utter rubbish 24/7 and live in a fantasy world.

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          • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
            January 21, 2022

            You that nastiness there, you do not even know the difference of a psychiatrists and a psychologists.

            The functions of a psychologist depend on the specialty of the psychologist. Generally, psychologists conduct evaluations and psychological testing to diagnosis patients. They provide what is referred to as talk therapy.

            Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are experts in mental health. They specialise in diagnosing and treating people with mental illness. Psychiatrists have a deep understanding of physical and mental health – and how they affect each other.

            If you think I am crazy, I would know I am before you open your mouth; because I know as much psychology, even abnormal psychology, so be very careful about me; and if I ever want psychiatric treatment, and cannot afford it; Dominica’s Griffin Benjamin, medical doctor of psychiatry late grandmother was my biological aunt, meaning he is my cousin, I am sure would not allow me to eat my elbow without treating me…

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  15. Zandoli
    January 14, 2022

    “I think”, “I believe”, “we believe”……….those words inspire so much confidence!!!
    :-D :-D :-D

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