LocalNews PM Skerrit says achievement of geothermal energy will transform the country’s economy by: – December 6, 2011 Share 11 Views no discussions Share Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (File photo)The Roosevelt Skerrit led administration has officially broke ground for the drilling of geothermal test wells in Laudat on Monday.The plan is to build three exploratory wells in the Roseau Valley, two in Laudat and one in Wotten Waven.The testing will give a clear indication as to the true practical potential which exists in the geothermal reservoirs in the Roseau Valley.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said the country’s geothermal resources must be shared with the French countries of Guadeloupe and Martinique.“I always maintain that our geothermal resource must be shared with our friends and brothers and sisters there. We have to find a way. I believe that would be the biggest single project which would demonstrate how, with the use of resources, we can foster an integration process among ourselves,” he told the ceremony.He contended that if geothermal potential is realized in the Roseau Valley it could have lasting transformation on the lives of citizens and the economy.“We want to make sure that the villagers of the community continue to provide the support to this initiative,” he said.According to the prime minister, some $8.5 million dollars has been spent so far on the first phase of the project.“We would have to spend even more to realize that important investment in Dominica. We are spending this money at a time when access to resources is not as it was two or three years ago but government remains committed to it,” he said.Meantime Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says if government achieves its objectives, Dominica will realize a great level of prosperity.“If we are to achieve the objectives, first of all to build a small plant to supply our local demand and secondly to achieve our long term objectives, we must have a clear sense of the size and the quality of the resources,” he explained.He said while persons are questioning the reasons for selling energy to the French islands, they must understand that for geothermal energy to make any economic sense, it must be sold.Dominica Vibes News Tweet Sharing is caring!