St. Lucia is moving towards the next phase of their geothermal project as they complete geothermal development studies. Valerie Leon, acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of Sustainable Development, said “We are very advanced with our geothermal development. We have conducted all the geothermal studies that will give us information (and) are looking at the pre-feasibility study.”
Once the development studies have been completed, Leon said St. Lucia will move to the exploratory drilling phase. “We are looking at early next year so that we can begin the exploration drilling phase,” she said, adding that Government is seeking grant funding to do exploration drilling for geothermal energy of US $22m.