Grenada geothermal exploration on track
The Grenada government says it is making significant headway in geothermal exploration, a project backed by Japanese and New Zealand governments with financing of more than US$1 million.
A government statement noted that ever since signing a 2014 agreement with New Zealand aimed at facilitating the exploration and eventual use of geothermal energy, several initiatives have been completed including the undertaking of extensive geochemical, geophysics and geological surveys, as well as the analysis of the institutional, legislative and regulatory frameworks for undertaking environmental and social impacts relative to developments requiring such.
In July last year, the presence of a high temperature geothermal reservoir, located north of Mt St Catherine was confirmed.
The reservoir has a "potential temperature between 220-2400 8C or higher, which if correct, is of a capacity to generate between 15-20 megawatts of power," the statement said.
In the first quarter of this year, experts from both the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and New Zealand's JACOBS completed a second geoscience report on the status of the geothermal resource, as well as a geothermal resources development road map and a preliminary civil engineering survey.
In April, JICA and Grenada agreed that as the next step of the project, they would host a geothermal forum before the second half of 2016.
"The government of Grenada welcomes the bilateral co-operation and the technical assistance provided by friendly governments, and takes this opportunity to acknowledge its gratitude to the governments of New Zealand and Japan ... for their demonstrated co-operation and collaboration in this initiative," the statement said.