Drilling of test wells in Laudat said to be progressing well

first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share 28 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Drilling of test wells in Laudat said to be progressing well by: – December 23, 2011 Jason Timothy. Photo credit: GIS NewsOfficial drilling of test wells to explore the geothermal potential in Laudat has commenced and the technical team has already dug 80 meters deep.Project Coordinator Jason Timothy told a site visit on Wednesday, that while the technical team has encountered some problems, work is progressing satisfactorily.“Actual drilling began about 5am on Saturday morning. What happened on Friday was that a lot of work such as the mixing of the mud and the preparing of all the lines. Right now we are at a depth of 80 meters. We drilled the first section up to 25 meters, and then we have gone down from 20-80 with a section which is slightly smaller. They are presently cementing the second section which is going to stop the well from collapsing when water or steam is coming out,” he said.According to Timothy, some of the challenges encountered so far were somewhat expected.“Some of the access and getting the equipment to site posed some challenges but apart from that we haven’t had any real problems. We also had some small but semi-expected problems in that there were some cracks while drilling,” he explained.Timothy says drilling on the current site will last between 23 to 27 days and all precautionary measures have been taken.“There was an environmental impact assessment conducted which gave an indication of some of the challenges expected. Many of the mitigation measures have been put in place. For example, a lot of the drilling mud and water is being re-circulated. It is not just being taken and dumped. We are re-circulating to protect the environment,” he explained.Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. (file photo)Meantime Energy Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says this is an opportunity for Dominica to become energy independent. “We believe that the greatest opportunity we can give the Dominican people is one of energy independence. Energy itself impact-not only on the household-but also on the state of the overall economy,” he said.He said government believes the only practical way to sell the energy resources are to the closest neighboring islands.“We believe by January next year, we would have gotten to the depth we want. We are now working on site three and it will take about three to four weeks to complete the actual preparation for the site and then same would apply for Trafalgar and Wotten Waven,” he explained.Earlier this year, the Government signed contracts with an Icelandic Government for the drilling of three test wells in the Roseau Valley area. In November, heavy equipment and machinery for well-logging and testing arrived on the island to facilitate research during the month of December.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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