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Santo Domingo.- State-owned Electric Utility (CDEEE) CEO Ruben Jimenez Bichara on Wednesday said the efforts to improve the energy supply are focused on three major tenders: the Madrid Agreement which expires this summer, and two related to the coal-fired plants at Punta Catalina, the first to operate and maintain them and the other to supply the coal.

The contracts for energy to supply the total of 1,500 megawatts in the Madrid Agreements start in the coming days with the publication of the requirements to participate in the tender, with the difference that whoever takes part in the tender cannot discuss the contract terms, to be set in advance.

"The conditions will be there from the start and who enters knows what is required and they are uniform conditions to ensure transparency," Jimenez said.

He said the utility has already received letters of intent from the power companies because the hiring process doesn’t allow new players to enter, since the time to await the arrival of a group and its installation is short.

Jimenez said with re-contracted agreements and with the entry of Punta Catalina’s plants in 2017 Dominican Republic is on the path to completely solve the national energy problem. "We will reach a fair, reasonable contract."

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4 comment(s)
Written by: BLANCO, 25 Feb 2016 9:44 AM
From: Dominican Republic
when do the lies stop when it comes to the Dominican cash cow????
Written by: GoneNative, 25 Feb 2016 12:17 PM
From: Dominican Republic, La Romana
Mr. Bichara seems to forget that he is dealing with powerful entities that do not need him or his contract. Conditions only serve when you are the party with most chips.
Towards his clients he holds most chips, yes. So he can and does decide who does and who does not recieve electricity and how much he or she recieves. This has resulted in an attitude of pride and power.

Companies seeking contracts want to make sure the contract will be paid and can be fulfilled. Is Mr. Bichara able to guarantee payment even if the worldwide organisations concerned with polution decide to stop all use of coal to power electricity generators? No!

Sometimes tenders are difficult to fill are they not Mr. (todo bajo control) Bichara? it would help if you would stop telling lies!
Written by: ciber, 26 Feb 2016 7:47 AM
From: United States
When they shut off the power to large areas of the country they are making some people MILLIONARES. All that gas money goes into their pockets. They never show money saved by APAGONES! WHY ??? That money goes into private pockets. They show the fule being used as normal with out any APAGONES. This is the Mystery !
Written by: bienamor, 4 Mar 2016 8:48 AM
From: Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo
I have heard this from every president in the DR starting with Joaquín Balaguer. Will believe it when I see it. Will admit that its better now than in 1989 but still has a looooong way to go.
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