Dominican Senator Adriano Sánchez Roa of the Elías Piña Province informed that the funds for feasibility studies and the subsequent construction of the Artibonite hydroelectric plant in Pedro Santana, a border town on the Dominican side in Elías Piña province, have been included in the 2018 general budget at the initiative of President Danilo Medina.
Senator Sánchez Roa says that the project will also benefit to Bánica a neighboring municipality that, with Pedro Santana will be transformed because of the irrigation of hundreds of thousands of hectares of land with the waters of the rivers Joca and Tocino.
In a statement, the Dominican Senator explains that the Artibonite hydroelectric plant will produce energy for an estimated value of 280 million pesos per month and reduce the sediments of the tributaries.
Artibonite is the longest river in Haiti and the island of Hispaniola. It rises in the Cordillera Central in the Dominican Republic at an altitude of 1,000 meters west of the locality of Burende (Province of La Vega) and travels 320 km, before flowing into the Gulf of Gonâve at the village of Grande-Saline.
Note that in Haiti on the Artibonite River, a first hydroelectric power station (Péligré) built in the 1950s by the Corps of Engineers of the US Army is in operation and undergoing rehabilitation for several years and a second plant downstream from that of Peligré, called “Artibonite 4C” (Project initiated by Préval in 2007) with a capacity of 32 megawatts, will eventually be built and financed by China for more than 200 million dollars. It will supply energy to three departments: Artibonite, Center and West. No one can say if this future hydro-electric dam could or not have an influence on the hydro-electric power stations in Haiti…