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Audit reveals Unit 2 of Punta Catalina has not passed the performance test

The technical-forensic audit carried out at the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Power Plant (CTPC) highlights that, almost three years after the power plant was officially inaugurated, its final acceptance by the Dominican authorities has not yet been issued. The survey, carried out by the firm Sargent & Lundy, LLC (S&L), and published this week by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, indicates that Unit One came into operation in December 2019 and Unit Two in April 2020. In addition, Unit One successfully completed the contractual guarantee performance test in September 2019, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only a preliminary performance test was possible on Unit Two.

In the study, carried out between November 2021 and October 2022, it is detailed that the official performance and emission tests of Unit 2 were never carried out. The EPC Contractor stated that the pandemic affected the ability to carry out the activities in the field necessary to carry out the tests. It explains that for Unit Two, the only information available on performance and emissions testing comes from a pre-test report by an outside contractor.

This test was conducted in preparation for formal performance test runs and was therefore generally following the performance test procedure.


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Paul Tierney
March 8, 2023 8:26 am

The duel plant is the albatross around the neck of the country’s ability to provide consistent 24/7 electrical power.

The scandals of its planning, construction, and power source of coal has come back to haunt the government and people.

randy cain
March 9, 2023 6:16 am

like usual. nothing completed here. only stupid excuses. the pandemic should not have affected the testing, just more dominican bull shit talk. it never stops.

Paul Tierney
March 9, 2023 8:59 am
Reply to  randy cain

The name of the game is to delay the inevitable shutdown of the plant. The operators and interested high parties may know at this time the plant will fail tests. Failed tests will spark a long term costly shutdown for repair or complete abandonment.

Last edited 1 year ago by Paul Tierney