29 Jan 2014

Geothermal options eyed in American Samoa

4:29 pm on 29 January 2014

Scientists are in American Samoa this week to conduct studies on the geothermal potential of the territory.

American Samoa's Renewable Energy Committee chairman, Tim Jones, says when the committee decided to pursue geothermal, it got in touch with top geological scientists in the world to see if they can do a preliminary survey

The project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Interior which included paying for the scientists to visit.

Mr Jones says the scientists are at the final stages of their testing, and the committee is just waiting on final reports.

"Geothermal is a very large project, it can be complicated in the beginning phases in getting things all lined up for an expensive proposition to be setting up and make mistakes.So we are making sure that we have all of our go/no go scenarios in place and confirmed before we move forward."

Tom Jones says the scientists have been in American Samoa since last week.