The positive side of the Punta Catalina power plant

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During the inauguration on Wednesday, 29 July 2020 of the Punta Catalina Thermoelectrical Central, the 752 MW coal-fired power plant was described as the most important infrastructure built over the two terms of the Medina government (2012-2020). The consortium made up by Odebrecht-Technimont-Estrella built the power plant that has twin plants of 376 MW each.



Economist Jaime Aristy Escuder, its general manager for the past three years, has been on several talk shows to defend the power plant and highlight the contributions it has already made and will be making to the country.



Critics point to corruption in the tender and contracting process and irregularities in the construction. Aristy Escuder says: “Sooner or later, people will recognize the contributions of Punta Catalina to the country.” He made the remark during an interview with Rumbo de la Tarde. He...

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Apart from the corruption and apparent poor quality of construction, why would they build a coal-fired plant in today's environmental circumstances? The article mentions that Japan is one country that is replacing some existing plants with coal-fired ones, but Japan produces coal whereas the DR does not. But the country does have plenty of rivers, sun, waves etc.
 
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