The government of Dominica will issue two contracts for the continuation of the construction of Dominica’s geothermal plant 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 Dominica’s Geothermal Plant 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.
Two contracts for continuation of geothermal plant to be issued soon – PM Skerrit Dominica News Online