Plans call for shared river basin to supply water and power
Elias Piña, Dominican Republic.- The Artibonite River basin can potentially supply water and electricity to nearly half a million people in Dominican Republic and Haiti, through the installation of small hydroelectrics on both sides of the border, and create jobs and spur sustainable development in poor communities.
The plan designed by the energy authorities from both countries is in the preliminary phase of studies and the search of investment, for which the project’s cost cannot be tallied as yet.
“These are studies which will become proposals. We cannot speak of an exact amount, but the projects themselves are identified, “said National Energy Commission director Enrique Ramirez.
On the Dominican side the plan is to install 12 mini generators, of which two have immediate funding potential.
Ramirez said the electricity from the projects is could form part of the grids in Dominican Republic or Haiti, while in the case of a major dam could benefit both countries. “These projects are under study and proposal, including, we have no funding.”
The project would not only supply energy, the official said, but also seeks to create a comprehensive impact on communities near the Artibonite, where poverty is rampant, and a declining population on the Dominican case.
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