Power transmission limits likely to be exceeded
"Imports from Colombia were low, thus making vulnerable our grid tail in western (Venezuelan) states"
"The grid was doing badly since last Sunday, as some states experienced outages. The situation would not better on Monday and it was noted that Planta Centro (Morón, Carabobo state) was operating only with one unit that provided 210 megawatts (MW)," explained international advisor José Aguilar.
Thermoelectric generation, added to 285 MW of Planta Termocarabobo, totaled about 495 MW coming out from the sub-powerhouse of Planta Centro, he spelled out. "Those 495 MW are insufficient for stability in the National Electrical Grid (SEN)."
"Imports from Colombia, based on the numbers provided by that country, were low, thus making vulnerable the tail of our system in western states, particularly in the Andean region," he added. The expert disclosed that it was unofficially learned that two units at Guri dam went out of the system.
According to the ex-general manager of the Office for the Operation of Interconnected Grids (Opsis), Miguel Lara, the failure occurred at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, at the beginning of the peak electricity demand. "Everything makes one infer that, again, they surpassed the limits of the transmission trunk."
What happened "is hitherto unheard-of. There could be two situations: one, there are plenty of deteriorated or unavailable devices, making difficult the recovery of the charge; two, technicians are not prepared for such contingency."
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.