President Danilo Medina inaugurates Punta Catalina

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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...
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Danilo's going away present. What a debacle. Will anybody be prosecuted for this boondoggle?
 

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Danilo's going away present. What a debacle. Will anybody be prosecuted for this boondoggle?
The Punta Catalina fiasco is similar to what happened to the power generation plant in Puerto Plata near the port. Fly ash was a major problem and the prevailing winds transported a lot of it to the Costambar area. The government hired a consulting company to rectify the problem and they ended up creating bigger problems. In the end they just shut down the plant. Nobody was taken to task for the debacle. Coal fired generating plants can operate with minimal pollution if they have a source of clean coal and have engineered systems in place to capture the pollutants before they leave the stack. These plants should have been built to burn diesel or natural gas. Both are readily available and cheap these days. DR stoicism will prevail here and nothing will be done. Those in power will turn a blind eye to it and eventually dismiss it and those without power will simply get on with their lives.