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Energy | Maintenance at Tacoa powerhouse leads to outages
Venezuela's provinces are sacrificed for the sake of Caracas

A power-rationing program has saved the Venezuelan capital city from outages, but hits most of the province. The Planta Centro complex, one of Latin America's largest thermal power plants, is also working at full capacity

Only one of the three Tacoa power generation units is operating (File photo: Eduardo Fuentes)
  EL UNIVERSAL
Wednesday June 01, 2011  11:59 AM


The Ministry of Electricity and the National Electrical Corporation (Corpoelec) reported on Tuesday on the implementation of a power-rationing program in most of the country. The step was taken due to maintenance works in Unit 8 of Tacoa thermal power plant in the state of Vargas (northern Venezuela's coast).

Igor Gavidia, the head of the National Center for Electric Power Delivery of the National Electricity System (SEN), said in a press release that power-rationing began on Tuesday, including a load of 300 megawatts (MW). The rationing program, he added, "will continue with two blocks of 200 MW each, depending on the increase of power demand" at night.

The implementation of a power-rationing program has prevented outages in the Venezuelan capital but hits most of the province. The Planta Centro complex, one of Latin America's largest thermal power plants, is also working at full capacity.

As stated by the competent authorities, the power cut was made in proportion to the demand of each state. A total of 120 MW were cut in the central part of the country, the plains region and part of the western Venezuelan states. According to the report the cuts were as follows: Carabobo (14 percent); Yaracuy (1 percent); Guárico (3 percent); Cojedes (1 percent); Portuguesa (3 percent); Miranda (4 percent); Aragua (8 percent); Falcón (5 percent) and lower Apure (1 percent).

The Ministry of Electricity cut 27 MW in the western states of the country: Mérida (1 percent); Táchira (3 percent); Trujillo (2 percent); Barinas (2 percent) and the higher parts of Apure (1 percent). In the eastern region of the country, the power rationing amounted to 75 MW, and it was as follows: Sucre (4 percent); Monagas (6 percent); Anzoátegui (12 percent) and Nueva Esparta (3 percent). In the case of Lara and Zulia states the power-rationing was 5 percent and 21 percent, respectively.

mleon@eluniversal.com

Translated by Gerardo Cárdenas

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