West Indies Power (WIP Dominica) Ltd.'s geochemical survey conducted in the Soufriere region, Dominica, in December 2008 indicates that all of the samples were from geothermal sources. The samples were analyzed at the University of Rochester in the US. Further analysis was done at the California State University, US. The survey was done to make sure that the samples were not just rainwater heated by the underlying hot rocks. WIP Dominica is a unit of West Indies Power Holdings B.V.
Sampling was done on gases and waters from the geothermal features in the area including Champaign Bay, Sulfur Springs, and other areas.
The survey was conducted by geologists, Joe LaFleur, Mike Krahmer, and Makeda Warner, along with West Indies Power (Dominica) Ltd’s field Managers Paul Toulon and Alan Toussaint.
WIP Dominica Chief Executive Officer Kerry McDonald said “the results of this sampling scientifically proves that there is a geothermal reservoir underlying the Soufriere area. West Indies Power (Dominica) Ltd. next step is to locate and drill sites so that it can determine the size and quality of the geothermal reservoir here in Soufriere”.
The geochemical work will be followed by geophysical work, to allow the company in pin pointing the sites for drilling so that the geothermal resources in the Soufriere region can be confirmed and evaluated.