ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Tuesday February 17, 2015, CMC – A team of scientists from New Zealand and Australia will be conducting technical and geoscience analyses in Grenada over the next two months as the island continues to facilitate the exploration and eventual use of geothermal energy leading to a reduction in Grenada’s carbon footprint and ultimately lower electricity prices.
A government statement said that the studies will be conducted at sites closer to the center and northern parts of the island, in the general vicinity of Mt. St. Catherine, where a number of potential geothermal sites will be investigated.
“The study seeks to define where the geothermal resource is located and identify possible sites for subsequent exploration efforts” it added.
In 2014, the governments of Grenada and New Zealand, signed a Geothermal Support Partnership Framework aimed at facilitating the exploration and eventual use of geothermal energy.
“In this regard, it was agreed that several activities, including the review of existing studies and the undertaking of additional studies as necessary as well as geophysics survey of potential geothermal sites and the analysis of the scientific data will be conducted.
The parties also agreed on the completion of a stored heat assessment and quantification of power generation potential.
The New Zealand-based firm, Jacobs New Zealand Limited, has been contracted by the New Zealand government of New Zealand to undertake the required studies and technical analyses.
The firm estimated that the initial phase of the assignment will cover a 30 week period, commencing with desktop reviews, technical and logistical planning, which they started in December 2014, and concluding with the submission of the technical reports and a presentation of the way forward, in June 2015.
“The government of Grenada is committed in its efforts to enabling the provision of more sustainable energy to the citizens of Grenada, and a reduction in the reliance of imported fossil fuel.”