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Santo Domingo.- Puerto Plata deputy José Ignacio Paliza on Wednesday questioned the government’s motives behind its plan to install two power plants on the city’s shore, which in his view would jeopardize the region’s effort to restore its tourism sector.

The lawmaker said the power plants would harm the resorts at Playa Dorada and warned the government that the measure will be met with protests. “Just one week ago news broke that the 45 megawatt North Star plant is headed to Puerto Plata. We want to warn that we will not allow it.”

Paliza said while Puerto Plata struggles to relaunch its tourism industry with major projects such as the Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship port at Luperon ant the tourism ministry announces large works such as an amphitheatre, "we don’t see the reasoning behind the installation of the plants."

He also noted a recent oil spill from the current plant into the bay, for which “this installation is illegal, we don’t understand how Tourism announces millions of dollars for an amphitheatre, it the government announces that plant.”

He said the power plant installed in Puerto Plata forced the closing and now demolition of a 400-room hotel, “and now we see how the structure is under the wrecking ball just to recover its rebar.”


Paliza announced a protest next Friday against the plant, which he affirms “has all permits are ready. it’s going to join another already operating, those permits were made easier because it was requested as an expansion of the current plant.”

“Why was it taken to Puerto Plata after being docked at the Ozama river? The original idea was to install in Samaná, but the high cost to connect it to the grid wasn’t profitable, so it was decided to take it to Puerto Plata,” the lawmaker said.

Interviewed on Hoy Mismo Channel 9, the opposition PRD party deputy cautioned that to relaunch Puerto Plata, the plant cannot be installed there.

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8 comment(s)
Written by: pelaut, 12 Feb 2014 9:35 AM
From: United States
Where in the bay do they plan to install it?
By the Forteleza?
Add it to the Costambar plant?
Written by: zooma, 12 Feb 2014 9:54 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Here is a case where someone is not looking at the big picture. The senator is taking the "not in my backyard" stance as he suggests the plant will hurt tourism. What about the peoples and the communities in need of sustainable and dependable 24/7 electric service. Having uninterrupted power is a selling point for tourism and commericial enterprise for the north coast.

I tend to believe the senator's posture is more of his using his plant opposition as a bargaining chip to obtain concessions from the government in order to change his position.

Written by: dreadlocks This user is banned, 12 Feb 2014 10:17 AM
From: United States
went down to the central park area of POP one day last week. the electricity was off. the gift shops were all dimly lit with some little energy saver bulbs running on inverters. great advertisement for tourism in POP.
Written by: Radar, 12 Feb 2014 11:22 AM
From: United States, Aspen Hill, Maryland.

Don't know where this fellow gets the idea that it will hurt tourism. Regardless of the mechanical condition of this plant, it can always be fixed. What can not be fixed is the practical running of businesses and industry, (including tourism), unless one has that kind of infrastructure on hand.

Why is there, seemingly, always some dummy in govt, without vision and lacking common sense, who would readily deem this good piece of equipment as being "useless"?
A good example of the reason we don't prosper fast enough.
Written by: rokete This user is banned, 12 Feb 2014 11:33 AM
Let it rip, there will be no tourism without energy.
Written by: Mart1n, 12 Feb 2014 2:13 PM
From: Dominican Republic, North coast
It is a joke all he wants is to get paid off and then he will join in. The people on the North Coast all except the elite have a power shortage get that plant up and running for every one even the tourists
Written by: jasfalon, 13 Feb 2014 9:29 AM
From: United States

Doesn't matter!
The ruling elite of Puerto Plata have already let PP become a piece-of-shit.
And nobody comes or will come to PP.
Written by: Wolf69, 14 Mar 2014 8:35 AM
From: Puerto Rico
This politician does not care about Puerto Plata. He is talking without thinking of the cities peolple and how more electricity is needed by the area. These people do not have water service as we know it, they don't have electricity 24/7, this leads to unhappy citizens and services to the comunity. This plight will be felt by tourists which can only produce a negative atitude on the area.
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