Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Transport, Physical Development and Urban Renewal Minister Responsible: Senior Minister Hon. Calvin Lee
Permanent Secretary: Mr. Ivor Daniel
Deputy Permanent Secretary: Mr.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF THE DIPT'S UNION COMPLEX OFFICE
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Closure of Bagatelle Road (September 10th, 2023)
Maintenance of Median Barriers on Dual Carriageway
Schedule of Works on the Millennium Highway for this week
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Schedule of works on the Millennium Highway for the next two weeks
Schedule of works on the Millennium Highway for the is week
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Early closure of the DIPT
Schedule of Works on the Millennium Highway for this Week
Continuation of Paving Works on Union Roundabout
Closure of Etangs Deville to Fond Gens Libre Road
Early closure of cash services at the Division of Transport
Schedule of works on the Millennium Highway for this week
URGENT PUBLIC NOTICE
Collapse of Riviere Mitan Bridge
Completion of Marchand Main Road
Conversion of Lane Near Baywalk Mall to Single-lane Traffic
First meeting of the Technical Committee on Flood Mitigation
Castries, Saint Lucia, November 23rd, 2022- Following the November 6th flash flooding and site visits to the areas severely impacted, Senior Minister Hon. Stephenson King impressed the need for the establishment of a Technical Committee to examine and develop a flood mitigation plan for Saint Lucia.
The Committee includes technical staff of the Department of Infrastructure, Division of Met Services, the Water Resources Management Agency (WRMA), The Department of Physical Planning, independent engineers and NEMO.
The inaugural meeting is chaired by Senior Minister Hon. Stephenson King , Permanent Secretary Mr. Ivor Daniel, Minister for Equity Hon. Joachim Andre Henry and Hon. Kenson Casimir , Member of Parliament for Gros Islet.
Statement by Hon Stephenson King on Flash Flooding of 6th November 2022
Part of Saint Lucia's Technical Team at COP27
L-R Karl Monty Augustine (Research Officer, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food Security and Rural Development), Shurman Francis (Energy Officer, Ministry of Infrastructure - Saint Lucia), Jermaine Missole (Sustainable Development & Environment Officer, Department of Sustainable Development Saint Lucia), Ruth Phillips Itty (Commonwealth National Climate Finance Adviser)
Government of Saint Lucia
Joint statement from the World Bank and Government of Saint Lucia
World Bank partners with UK, Canada, CIF to support geothermal exploration in Saint Lucia
Castries, Saint Lucia, November 3, 2022 — As Caribbean consumers face high energy prices due to a heavy reliance on costly and volatile fossil fuel imports and, with projected increased climate vulnerability, the World Bank partners with the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, the Canada Clean Energy and Forests Climate Facility and the Climate Investment Fund, to explore geothermal viability in Saint Lucia.
The Renewable Energy Sector Development Project (RESDP) – launched today in Soufriere – applies concessional, multi-partner financing in support of St Lucia’s goal of 7 percent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, through geothermal exploration and the strengthening of the legal and regulatory framework for clean energy integration in St. Lucia.
Commenting on the new project, Lilia Burunciuc, World Bank’s Director for the Caribbean said, “The impact of high fuel expenditure on Caribbean economies cannot be understated. In 2020, St Lucia’s fuel imports accounted for 4.4% of GDP and we cannot overlook the utility of channeling these funds to other critical sectors, for example, into education and health. Exploring geothermal potential in St Lucia gives the country the ability to build its energy independence, increase resilience and reduce the environmental impact of GHG emissions.”
RESDP will facilitate the de-risking of exploration drilling which in turn enables private investment into subsequent stages of geothermal power development, toward climate change mitigation and improved energy security.
“The current global energy predicament should serve as a telling reminder to all stakeholders, including the government, to hasten the transition away from fossil fuels, towards renewable sources of energy for Saint Lucia. And so, we are here today to make some progress in that area, with the clear intention to move this project forward, to shape the country’s future economic prospects”, said Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, the Honorable Philip J. Pierre, during the project’s launch event.
Likewise, Corin Robertson, UK Director General for Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean lauded the project’s potential while connecting the project to global initiatives. She said, “The UK is proud to support geothermal exploration in St Lucia and elsewhere in the Caribbean. This project has the potential for major reduction in energy costs and transformational potential for economic development in the medium to long term. It is fitting that in the last week of the UK’s COP Presidency, we are part of a launch that showcases the efforts Caribbean SIDS are taking to adapt to climate change and improve resilience.”
The strong renewable energy – including, solar and wind energy - and energy efficiency potential of Saint Lucia and the wider Caribbean presents significant prospects. In response to Caribbean needs and global agreements, World Bank continues support of climate and energy initiatives, with its Caribbean programmes in these areas closely aligned to the Bank’s Climate Change Action Plan. (https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/35799)
Footage of the event can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO4CE9Mqbss
In Kingston, Jamaica, for the World Bank: Penny Bowen, [email protected]
In Castries, Saint Lucia, for the Government of Saint Lucia: Miguel Fevrier, [email protected]
Learn more about the work of the World Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean: https://www.worldbank.org/en/country/caribbean
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Launch of Renewable Ebergy Sector Development Project (RESDP)
Morne Coubaril SoufriereNovember 3rd, 2022
Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport
Government of Saint Lucia Attempts to Unlock the Island’s Geothermal Energy Potential
Castries, October 31, 2022- On Thursday 3, November 2022, the Government of Saint Lucia will officially launch the Renewable Energy Sector Development Project (RESDP) at the scenic Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere.
The project’s primary objectives are to inform the GOSL on the viability of the geothermal resource for power generation and strengthen the enabling environment to scale-up clean energy investments with the private sector.
The US$21.852 million project is funded through 4 sources:
1. World Bank- IDA Credit of US$3.83 million;
2. United Kingdom- Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office grant of US$4.2 million;
3. Canadian Clean Energy and Forests Climate Facility concessional loan of US$3.7 million and gender grant of US$0.55 million; and
4. Clean Technology Fund contingent grant of US$8.572 million.
The Government of Saint Lucia will provide an in-kind contribution of up to US$1 million for temporary land acquisition, crop compensation and income restoration.
The RESDP became effective in July 2022 and presents the exploratory drilling phase of Saint Lucia’s journey towards commercial geothermal energy generation. It will be implemented through a Project Implementation Unit within the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport (DIPT), and will run up to December 2025.
There are two components to the RESDP:
• Exploratory drilling program
• Technical Assistance
The exploratory drilling program includes exploration management and drilling. Based on the findings of recent surface studies conducted between February 2015 and March 2016, it has been decided that three (3) exploratory slim-hole wells will be drilled and tested in Saltibus, Belle Plaine and Fond St. Jacques.
Should this component prove successful, production wells will be drilled following which, the Government of Saint Lucia will seek to structure an arrangement for construction of a geothermal power plant.
The technical assistance programme consists of project implementation support, capacity building and market engagement.
One noteworthy subcomponent under capacity building is the implementation of the REDSP Scholarship and Apprenticeship Programme where scholarships and apprenticeships will be offered to thirty-two (32) Saint Lucian females interested in pursuing an approved course of study at the Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Department of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC).
The objective of this programme is to reduce the gap in employment opportunities for women in the energy sector. A Memorandum of Understanding between the DIPT and SALCC will be signed at the launch to herald the start of this intervention.
Permanent Secretary in the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Transport Mr. Ivor Daniel, stated “The RESDP represents a major milestone in the country’s quest towards achieving some degree of energy independence, protection from volatile global fuel market prices and a reliable source of green energy. We are all hopeful that our geothermal resource proves to be of the right quality and quantity to allow us to move to geothermal power generation, whose benefits can then redound to all Saint Lucians “
According to Terrence Gilliard, Chief Energy, Science and Technology Officer, “The project is expected to take four years with exploratory drilling commencing by the second quarter of 2024.”
He added “Having met the stakeholder groups and project affected people during 2017 and 2018 and listened to their concerns, we have developed several plans to mitigate against the potential negative environmental and social impacts of the project. We are currently updating our project documents and shall restart stakeholder consultations soon.”
Saint Lucia is one of several Eastern Caribbean countries, including Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Montserrat pursing geothermal energy generation. Geothermal Energy has the advantage of being one of the cleanest and most reliable renewable energy sources.
For more information about the launch, please contact Mr. Ken Aldonza at email: [email protected] or telephone number (758) 732-0013.
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