For a US $ 947.5 million investment
In the Dominican Republic there are now 35 dams and the National Institute of Hydraulic Resources (INDRHI) is carrying out a feasibility study for building 12 more dams that will allow for the irrigation of 77,378 hectares in addition to the 151,308 now served.
Nine of the new dams, which will also produce energy, will have an installed potential of producing an additional 80 megawatts to the 460.3 MW that are now being generated by the hydro-electric plants which provide 15% of the national energy supple.
The investment in these 12 systems is estimated to be US $947.5 million and each dam will take between one and three years to build. They will take advantage of the national hydrography in order to store and supply water. The Reservoirs will have a capacity to store up to 989.9 million cubic meters of water. The dams now in existence store 2.405 billion m3 which are used during dry spells which last between four and six months each year.
Regarding which with have the highest priority, the director of INDRHI, Frank Rodriguez, said:
For us, the Amina dam in San Jose de las Matas. This is a multi-use dam, it is the solution for potable water for Santiago, it will supply energy, and control flooding.
This hydroelectric dam is valued at US $220 million. The farmers and residents of Amina have been calling for the construction of the dam which will help them irrigate their fields
Besides the Amina, the INDRHI places a lot of value on dams in Chavon in La Romana, Mijo and Monte Mayor in San Juan de la Maguana, Boba in Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Alto Yuna ins Monsignor Nouel, La Gina in Peravia as well as Yasica and Conao in Puerto Plata.
And also in Guayubin in Montecristi, Los Limones in Hermanas Mirabal and Joca in Elias Piña.
Although dam construction is a source of jobs, it also includes a heavy investment, since together with the dam they have to build roads because of the remote locations, install power lines, build medical centers and a camp for the workers among other details. « This makes the projects more expensive, because you need this infrastructure, » said engineer Victor Ventura.
Ventura, who is the administrator of the Dominican Hydroelectric Generation Company (EGE-Hid), indicates that the East and North regions have rivers that can be used to generate electricity.
The tourism in this region (East) has been developed based on well water….wherever there is tourism there is a great demand for food and we have to take products from other areas to the East, he says.