Caribbean Islands’ French territory of Martinique has worked steadily to become a fossil free state as a part of the multi-year energy plan. The aim is to encourage development of clean energy utilization including geothermal energy. An association of several organizations are getting ready the plan for effective exploration work for possible geothermal development in the area.
As per reports the locals were informed about the potential geothermal energy in the region by a consortium of representatives from EDF, BRGM, Territorial Collectivity of Martinique, Environment and energy management (Ademe) and Joint Syndicate of Electricity of Martinique (SMEM). The development is set to take place on the South-Western tip of Martinique, Petit Anse. The announcement to the local community was done at the local nautical club during a public meeting.
The French territory of Martinique is situated between St.Lucia and Dominica, both these places have the ambition for geothermal development or already existing plants.
Benoit Vittecoq, BRCM’s director stated that by exploiting heat depository in the subterranean regions, Petit Anse will produce high-power electricity in few years’ time. He further stated that positive experiences already exist in Dominica and Montserrat.
The plans for construction of a geothermal plant have already been made at Montserrat, after the discovery of a geothermal source at 300 degrees Celsius at 2300 meters depth. Currently, the French territory of Guadeloupe has the only functioning geothermal plant in the Caribbean situated at Bouillante.
Exploration was carried out two decades earlier with three deep borewells in Lamentin plains. The exploration led to discovery of geothermal sources of medium temperature at 90-100 Celsius. This source could be exploited for cold production. The generated cold can be supplied via network which would satisfy the needs of Lamentin activity sector.
In Martinique, deep exploration is required to evaluate the strength of the geothermal energy. Local community will be consulted before the project starts.
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