Dominica: Geothermal Power Plant to power 23,000 residents post construction

Roseau, Dominica: The small island country of the Caribbean Region – the Commonwealth of Dominica has been continuously dealing with climate change despite being the smallest contributor to it.

The country has been now putting all efforts to lower the carbon-footprints and promote sustainability. The country has been developing a Geothermal Power Plant, which will provide electricity to over 23,000 homes.

The update about same was shared by Prime Minister Dr Roosevelt Skerrit on May 19, 2022 (Thursday). As per the update by the PM, the work is progressing smoothly at the geothermal power plant site.

Prime Minister Skerrit also informed about the construction of two drilling geothermal wells, which is ongoing, these will give momentum to the project.

The contract to build the two well-pads has been given to the local firm- ACR Engineering Ltd.

Two tanks are also under construction to remove run-off sediments from the well pad before releasing into the environment, as well as a ‘mud-pit’ to manage waste generated from drilling.

A well pad is a relatively flat work area within the geothermal field used for drilling a well. Iceland Drilling Company will undertake the drilling later this year.

While visiting the site on Wednesday May 18, 2022, Minister for Planning, Economic Development, Climate Resilience, Sustainable Development, and Renewable Energy, Dr Vince Henderson said that the Commonwealth of Dominica has been moving towards achieving the goal of becoming the first climate-resilient country in the world.

Project advancement is in flow at a steady pace, and workers can be seen surveying the nearby site to continue the construction. The project is expected to complete by 2023. The Geothermal power plant will not only benefit Dominica but will also provide electricity to the French islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique, which will also encourage foreign exchange.

Prime Minister Skerrit has proudly informed that the project has witnessed accelerated developments over the last year as the construction of two wells commenced. Furthermore, he said that the plant will not only power Dominica with renewable sources, reducing energy costs and carbon emissions, but will also provide employment to locals.

As per the government of Dominica, the Geothermal power plant will have a positive impact on the advancement of the lives of the residents of Dominica. It said, “Post commissioning of this power plant, it will benefit the citizens with clean, reliable, low-cost, renewable, high-quality energy supply in the future. Certainly, the project will provide benefit in all sectors of productivity in the country.”

The Geothermal power plant will also reduce the cost of electricity in Dominica. It will also increase the country’s share of the renewable energy mix by more than 25 percent. Another significant benefit of the power plant will be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 38,223 tons of CO2 per year.

The government of Dominica has optimised that the energy produced by the Geothermal power plant will power around 23,000 homes, representing 90 percent of the population.

The mission of building a climate-resilient and green energy economy is being accomplished through funding from the World Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank, Small Island Developing States, SIDS Dock and the Clinton Foundation. Meanwhile, the major funding has been provided through the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) Programme of Dominica.

The country has been focusing on building the world’s first climate-resilient nation after the category-5 hurricane, Hurricane Maria, hit and caused massive devastation in 2017. The CBI Programme has supported all the constructions.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica is also funding the majority of the projects in the country. It is also considered one of the best across the globe; the CBI Programme has been ranked the world’s best by the Financial Times’ Professional Wealth Management (PWM) magazine in the CBI Index.

Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica
Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica

The CBI Programme of Dominica has garnered praise for being the fastest, safest, most secure and transparent. Interested individuals can apply for alternative citizenship via two investment options, Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) and Real Estate Investment.

Economic Diversification Fund (EDF) – Investors may apply for alternative citizenship through EDF. The funds generated are utilised in constructing schools, hospitals, and homes and uplifting the sectors like tourism as well as agriculture in the country.
Real Estate Investment – Investors may also apply for alternative citizenship of Dominica by investing in government-approved real estate projects – hotels, spas, and villas.

The CBI Programme has been lauded for its independent third-party due-diligence procedures. The government of Dominica makes sure that each and every application undergoes strict, robust and stringent background checks so that alternative citizenship is granted to the reputed and honest applicant.

The dual citizenship of Dominica may be attained if the applicant qualifies following eligibility criteria:

• The investor should not have any criminal record
• The character of the applicant must be outstanding.
• The applicant’s personal net worth must be high.
• The applicant should not make investments through any foul means.
• The minimum age of the investor must be more than 18 years.

The Citizenship by Investment Programme of Dominica was established in the year 1993 and is one of the longest-running CBI Programmes worldwide.