The DR only has a week’s reserve of liquid fuels
SD. The Dominican Republic “acknowledges a serious energy vulnerability,” says Pelegrin Castillo Seman, the Minister of Energy and Mining. With a daily consumption of 140,000 barrels of petroleum that has to be imported, and of which 80% are by-products, the country only has a week’s reserve of liquid fuels, 12 days worth of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and 21 days of liquid natural gas.
It could be a little more if some private storage facilities are included, “but never more than the critical level in a region full of risks and volatilities,” says the minister.
And if that were not sufficient, in a “rational and dangerous” manner, the country concentrates its energy infrastructure along the line of its South Coast, between San Pedro de Macoris and Ocoa Bay.
This concentration is “against all of the recommendations by experts and of policy outlines that were worked out over the last 30 years,” Castillo noted.
The official voiced his ideas during the conversation on Natural Gas, held on Tuesday morning by the Commonwealth Round Table and the Dominican Association of the Electric Industry.
Pelegrin Castillo proposed that the State should focus on energy security through an active policy of exploration on land and sea, and through the diversification of the energy matrix, pushing for the reconversion to natural gas for the existing generators and the installation of high efficiency coal-fired plants.
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