Monday, August 20, 2007
Venezuelan president Hugo Chvez has offered to build two gas plants in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, for processing and re-exporting the fuel to countries in the region. The gas, he said, could also be used for vehicles and general domestic consumption and sale. According to the plan outlined, the Dominican Republic would achieve energy independence in the medium and long term. Fernndez said that hydroelectric projects were a priority, and that in the coming year, these would provide 300 new megawatts of energy to the Dominican electricity grid. He added that the country was also looking into generating energy from non-fossil sources such as solar panels, which are environmentally friendly.