PDVSA ramps up power supply for stricken Venezuela grid

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA has announced plans to incorporate 50MW of generation capacity to the national power grid in a bid to reinforce supply in the country's west.

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Electricity will be sourced from a 100MW thermoelectric plant at the Santa Inés industrial complex (pictured) in Barinas state, PDVSA said in a statement.

Venezuela's vice president, Tareck El Aissami, said the measure formed part of a national contingency plan to tackle drought, which has reduced hydroelectric generation, and to combat "acts of sabotage".

He added that up to 50MW of the plant's capacity would be allocated to the grid until power services are fully restored in the states of Barinas and Portuguesa.