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Public consultation on Saint Lucia’s Geothermal Development Project

By MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, GENDER RELATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

geoPRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia (GoSL), after recommencing the exploration of the island’s geothermal resource in recent years, remains committed to the pursuit of successful development of this resource.

This is expected to assist the island in reaching a 35% renewable energy target by 2025 and 50% by 2030, based on a mix of geothermal, wind and solar energy sources, as set in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The GOSL has received financial assistance and support from the World Bank (WB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), Government of New Zealand, (GoNZ), and the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), to complete the surface exploratory phase of the project.

The exploratory phase of the project continues with the next crucial steps being the completion of an environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) which entails a preliminary assessment of environmental and social impacts associated with the project. Also, included in the immediate next steps is a pre-feasibility assessment which entails initial financial, economic, legal and power systems evaluations.

This assessment will provide informed recommendations to the Government on proceeding to the next stage of the geothermal programme.

To this end, the Department of Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Department of Planning and National Development with support from the World Bank is pleased to convene its third public consultation on the Geothermal Resource Development Project in the town of Soufriere.

The consultation is scheduled to take place on April 11th 2017, between 9:00 am and 12:30 pm at the Leisure Inn Conference Room, in Soufriere. The consultation is opened to key stakeholders and community members in the town of Soufriere and Choiseul where the geothermal resource is located.

High-level representatives from the Department are expected to make informative presentations of the plans of the GoSL for geothermal exploration.

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5 comments

  1. I prefer wind. It is less messy with respect to possible negative repercussions regarding pressure imbalances caused by removal of the heated steam. The EIA or environmental impact assessments should be heeded for warning signs.

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  2. do u know that a small island like st lucia, exploiting geothermal energy can really mess with earth's crust and cause earthquakes? that is well known for those who seek to educate themselves on the subject. and studies have shown that earthquakes can arise from interfering with the earth's crust. what is wrong with that mad man?

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  3. Think outside the box

    What we should be investing in is plasma torch recycling, Caribbean countries would pay us to buy their garbage, this would be a blue chip company. Benefits, profitable company for generations, lucelec can diversity it's portfolio, use profits to build a better Road network with lighting, have added raw materials for construction, protecting our environment, reclaiming land for agriculture, providing jobs......you just would not get rich overnight and have to closedown shop in 24months

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  4. Keva

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  5. I remember many moons ago when this was suggested to the then PM John Compton, it was thrown out because of the potential controversy it would have caused. St. Lucia could have been exploiting geothermal energy for many years now. Lets see what twist it takes this time.

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