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Seaweed snarls Dominican Republic´s biggest power company

Santo Domingo.- The company AES Dominicana on Friday said encroaching seaweed have severely affected its two major power plants, but noted that the situation isn’t related to the latest spate of rolling blackouts as long as six hours nationwide.

In said two of its four plants near the capital, which supply 610 megawatts to the national grid, are located on the country´s south coast, where the seaweed has been piling up since mid July.

AES Dominicana notes nonetheless that two of its other plants have come online at full capacity since Thursday night, “and the fact that its units are undergoing these problems wouldn’t be the reason to create the gap attributed to generation.”

In an emailed statement the power company said a total of 570 metric tons of seaweed has been arriving at its facilities during the last 28 days thus far this year, with high amounts occurring on June 10, July 27 and October 7, “when the flow exceeded the extraction capacity of the specialized equipment for waste management in general.”

It said as many as 28 divers and 20 assistants and cranes and other equipment are working each day to deal with the influx of the seaweed.

“During these peaks and to avert further consequences the Itabo management has been forced to take at least one of the units off line, leaving the other at partial load to protect equipment that are cooled by seawater.”

Hotels swamped by seaweed

Since the seaweed began appearing in Dominican Republic´s eastern beaches two months ago, the hoteliers have asked the government´s help with its cleanup, arguing that the tourism sector could suffer with the ensuing harm to an economy heavily dependent on the hospitality industry.

Source: DT

Oct 9, 2015

Category: DR News |

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