Punta Catalina coal-fired plants is a scam
Santo Domingo.- The National Committee to Combat Climate Change, CNLC, on Monday said Odebrecht lies to the country when it says the Punta Catalina coal-fired plants are below international standards on cost.
It said Odebrecht reference price of US$3,246 per kW taken from the Updated Capital Cost Estimates For Utility Scale Power Plants is for coal plants with supercritical technology coal-based 650 megawatts “which isn’t applicable to pulverized coal plants of subcritical technology at 360
“Odebrecht aims to confuse public opinion, comparing Punta Catalina’s plants of a technology that was abandoned for years in the United States and many other countries for its high pollution and high carbon dioxide emissions, with the plants with the most advanced technology such as the supercritical plants,” the CNLC said in an emailed statement.
It said the environmental impact study made by G & S Natural Environmental Consultants Groups and Paredes S.R.L. commissioned by the project’s promoters and which was submitted on July 29, 2014, to the Environment Ministry “specified with precision that these plants are of subcritical technology.”
“However, both the Dominican State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) and now Odebrecht, will try to pass off these plants as Supercritical technology and even as ultra-supercritical, which constitutes fraud punishable by law,” it said.
“As we have always complained the coal plants being built in Punta Catalina are outdated technology, which can be described as portable coal stoves, seeking to present them to the country as if they were technology with advances that don’t yet exist, not even in the US.”
May 18, 2016
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