Waitukubuli Advocate for Viable Environment (WAVE) formally expresses grave concerns about the Geothermal project now being developed in the Roseau Valley
The Waitukubuli Advocate for Viable Environment (WAVE) is formally expressing its grave concerns regarding the DLP Administration’s Geothermal project that is ongoing in the Roseau Valley district.
For years, environmental advocates such as Former Agronomist Atherton Martin, Members of the Concerned Citizens Movement, Attorney Ronald Charles, member of the Dominica Association of Evangelical Churches, and Members of the DFP and UWP executive, have all exposed the danger in the reckless approach toward that project, which began in October 2009 under the Skerrit-led DLP Administration, and still shows no sign of producing any result in 2021, after some $80 Million Dollars has been spent to date.
The Exploratory Drilling Project began in October 2009 with the setting up of the Geothermal Project Management Unit and the award of a technical assistance contract to the consulting firm of Electroconsult (ELC) of Italy. The main purpose of that project was to prove the quality (geochemical, geophysical, geological and geotechnical) and the extent of the geothermal resource in the Roseau Valley (Wotten Waven – Laudat). The project contract cost $31.75 million Eastern Caribbean Dollars equivalent to $11.98 million United States Dollars and was jointly funded by the Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), the European Union (EU) and the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica.
Having completed the drilling and testing of three exploratory wells and proven the existence of a geothermal resource, the Government of the Dominica said at the time, it was now seeking to develop a 15-megawatt Small Geothermal Power Plant (SGPP) in the Roseau Valley Geothermal field.
Meantime, steps were taken to advance geothermal development by the administration, when it signed a contract with Iceland Drilling Company (IDC) in December 2012, to drill two full-size geothermal wells, one production well in Laudat and one reinjection well Lily Valley, within the Roseau Valley geothermal reservoir in September-October 2013.
It must be noted that since 2013, many changes to this plan were made, and the project saw many delays before reaching an advanced stage, the Government’s target output has been reduced from establishing a 15 MW plant to a 7MegaWatt.
Co-Founder of Waitukubuli Advocate for Viable Environment, Fr Franklyn Cuffy says after the research concluded by WAVE’s interim board members, legitimate concerns have been formerly raised to Environment Minister Cozier Frederick & Forestry Division Officials.
Co-Founder of Waitukubuli Advocate for Viable Environment, Fr Franklyn Cuffy.
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