Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – A total of 109 deputies, representing all the major parties and the different tendencies, voted for the loan submitted by the Executive Power for the construction of the coal plant in Punta Catalina, in the jurisdiction of Baní.
That happened in the session held on April 21, 2015, in which nine other legislators voted NO, and 11 did not have a decision, as recorded in the minutes of that day.
The loan was for 656 million dollars to be used in the construction of the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Plant, a community in the Baní municipality, in the Peravia province, with two coal-fired generation units.
The loan had already been approved by the Senate. The financing was granted by the National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) and the construction company Norberto Odebrecht, to be executed by the Dominican Corporation of State Electricity Companies (CDEEE). The loan would be contemplated in the General Budget of the State of 2015.
For that occasion the deputies of the Modern Revolutionary Party (PRM), Nelson Arroyo, Arsenio Borges, Alexis Jiménez, Néstor Cruz Pichardo and Eugenio Méndez, were the ones who voted NO to the loan. Like the PRD José Jáquez, Santo Ramírez, Luis Sánchez, and the then PLD deputy, Minou Tavárez.
In favor of the piece voted all the PLD deputies present in the session, both the tendency of Danilo Medina and Leonel Fernandez, as “the party line was accepted.”
This project consists in the construction of a Thermoelectric Power Plant with a capacity of 720 megawatts, integrated by two units of 360 megawatts each, for the generation of energy from the clean burning of pulverized coal.
It has a carbon reception terminal for self-discharging ships, with a maximum capacity of 80,000 tons. The equipment will be of last generation, manufactured and installed under high international standards, which will guarantee the supply of energy for more than 25 years.
During a visit to the National Congress, the executive vice-president of the CDEEE, Rubén Jiménez Bichara, indicated that he urged approval of the loan.
The official explained that if a capital injection were not made, the progress made up to that moment in the project aimed at improving the electric service in the country could be jeopardized. He also clarified that the loan is contemplated in the General Budget of the Nation.
The thermoelectric plants produce electricity from the combustion of coal, in a steam generator that transforms the water into high pressure and high temperature steam.
The complete list of the legislators who voted is contained in the digital edition.
Punta Catalina is a thermoelectric plant with a capacity of 720 megawatts, integrated by two units of 360 megawatts each, for the generation of energy from burning coal.