Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s power supply reached a critical point Thursday, with 12 plants off line and 12 others with partial output, on alleged lack of fuel.
The Interconnected Electric System Coordinating Agency’s website said only AES Andres, 300 megawatts; Los Mina 5,6, 105 each; Barahona Coal, 43; Monte Rio, 98; Juancho Los Cocos 1,088; Pimentel 3, 51, and Estrella del Mar 2, with 103 MWs were operating as of Thursday morning.
Outlet elnacional.com.do reports that if AES Andres fails the entire grid would collapse because it’s the only plant generating at its maximum, or 329 MW.
Electricity production as of Thursday morning was of 1,479 MW and demand is at least 2,200.
Meanwhile only four of the 36 hydroelectric plants were operating: Hatillo, 10 MS; Jigüey 1, 47; Pinalito 2, 25, and Rio Blanco 1 12 MW.