No government contract with ‘notorious’ power plant
Santo Domingo.- The Herrera and Santo Domingo Province Industries Association (AEIH) on Sunday demanded a halt to what it calls the Government’s “adventure” of extending the contract with the San Pedro power company (CESPEM), formerly Cogentrix.
The industrialists question the government’s timing of the announcement to extend the contract while talks to reach an Electricity Pact are imminent, as evidenced by the decree setting forth the National Development Strategy, which is virtually ready.
“Negotiating this contract would be an element of noise and distrust in the discussions leading to the Pact,” warned AEIH president Víctor Castro.
Nonetheless the industrial leader said he’s confident that the Government’s will carry out a democratic and widely participatory process to solve the situation he calls “grave.”
“We’re surprised that they seek to seduce public opinion with the advantages of (natural) gas -fired plants to extend a contract at their discretion and limiting the talks of the two parts, the CDEEE (state-owned utility) and CESPEM, prior to discussions toward the Electricity Pact,” Castro said.
Cogentrix has been dubbed the country’s most notorious power plant, because its contract calls for paying US$4.0 million per month even when it’s not operating.
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