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Dominica geothermal project evaluating three bids for plant technology

Dominica geothermal project site, Caribbean (source: Nixon George, Quick Link Productions via Dominica GDC)
Alexander Richter 12 Feb 2020

The geothermal project on Dominica in the Caribbean is currently evaluating three bids received for the design and construction of a 7 MW geothermal plant.

In meetings in Dominica in the Caribbean, Minister for Blue & Green Economy Fidel Grant said the Dominica Geothermal Development Company continues to make progress towards the construction of a domestic geothermal power plant on the island.

The company has recently concluded a flow test on the production well at Laudat. This is first time since June 2014, that a test was conceited and the well has shown the potential to feed a 7 MW power plant.

In the bidding process for the supply of a power plant, three bids were received. A committee is now evaluating the bids with next steps being prepared.

While the PPA between company and DOMLEC have been signed, the final approval of this resolution is the only outstanding condition precedent which has not been completed.

The 7 MW plant now planned is seen as a first step, with the ambition for a larger plant to be built in the future that could also allow the government to sell electricity to the neighbouring islands.

At the same time, the government is seeking approval to accept a $46.4 million loan for the geothermal project, an authorization for credit facility from the International Development Agency for funding of the Geothermal Risk Mitigation Project.

Source: Q95DA, Dominica Vibes