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Over the past three years or so, billions were funneled into the media to convince Dominicans the 752-megawatts Punta Catalina coal-fired power plant was the best thing since sliced bread. The administration had been warned against betting on coal, yet Medina gave the project his full backing.
Medina trudged along encouraged by the experts at Odebrecht. When a US court unveiled that big-time bribes were paid to push ahead the mega power plant, Medina’s Attorney General Jean Alain Rodríguez finagled an agreement with Odebrecht and excluded Punta Catalina from any of his investigations. The installation of the power plant would continue, plagued by technical difficulties.
Listin Diario reports that the construction of the power plant was begun on 13 December 2013, during Medina’s first term. It was to be a turn-key operation under the Consorcio...