The highlight of the geothermal forum held recently in Dominica: The signing on September 26, 2013, the “Transnational Partnership Agreement” between the Region Guadeloupe, Martinique and the Dominican Government, in the presence of all partners in Caribbean Geothermal Energy Project.
Meeting in Roseau for two days of conference, institutional, financial partners and representatives of the local population were informed of the latest developments of the electricity generation project from geothermal resources of the island.
Initiated in 2008 by the Guadeloupe Region, the Caribbean Geothermal project has allowed the realization of several exploratory drilling of geothermal reservoir Wotten Waven on the site of Roseau Valley in the southern part of Dominica. An exploration phase proved to be essential to characterize the resource and make initial environmental and social impact studies. The foundation for the development of geothermal energy in Dominica and were asked.
With the signing of this agreement transnational partnership in Roseau, the Caribbean Geothermal project officially entered a new phase, “the forerunner of the production.”
One goal of the Forum was to convince Geothermal financial partners to provide support for the development of the first production unit of 10 MW for feeding the Dominica market initially. Eventually, the production potential of 100 MW is planned to supply local needs (about 20 MW), lower cost per kWh of electricity in the order of 30% for Dominicans and export the surplus production to Guadeloupe and Martinique.
The start of development drilling is planned for October 2013.
This forum will also enabled representatives of communities directly affected by the proposed plant, to express throughout the exchange, both their support, but also their need for transparency about the potential impacts of the project. The opportunity for the Regional Council of Guadeloupe to emphasize the importance of education it currently carries on the environmental and social impact of these developments on the Roseau Valley