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Thursday, August 11, 2022

The Antonio Guitaras Thermoelectric Plant in Matanzas may be out of service at any time

Antonio Guitaras Thermoelectric Plant in Matanzas, “registers a high consumption of water, indicating some phenomenon”government newspaper warned Granmawhich indicated that the situation remained “under strict observation”, Without mentioning that this could mean the closure of one of the most power-generating plants in Cuba.

according to the report, The plant, “despite the need for maintenance to achieve reliability and increase power, continues to supply over 220 MW Since his brief three-day break at the end of June.

Thermoelectric plants, which generate a fifth of the country’s energy and consume particularly heavy domestically produced crude, are prone to frequent breakdowns. It was torn down in May, before being closed for brief maintenance in June.

Then, after a start, it suffered a series of problems that delayed its start-up, including an electrical discharge that knocked it out of the national electrical system for several hours.

Officials are following the situation with concern, noting that the closure of Guitaras would be disastrous for the national power system. That is why Joel Cuippo Ruiz, a member of the Secretariat of the party’s Central Committee and the head of its productive economic department, visited the thermoelectric plant on Friday.

Even then, The report does not provide details on the decisions that would have been made to keep the guitar in optimal conditions. Instead, the official said that “it is important for the population to become aware of the importance of increasingly rational use of electricity, especially during peak hours.”

This, in the context of the prolonged blackout that makes life impossible for Cubans, and the lack of food, medicine, the covid-19 and dengue epidemics and the worst humanitarian crisis in the country in more than half a century. had joined the exodus.

Cuippo Ruiz was interested in the care received by the operators and technicians working at the plant. “Training an operator in this field is very difficult, sometimes it takes years, so it is essential to serve them, make things easy for them and make them feel motivated,” he said, “to achieve proficiency in it. by and other plants should be better reflected in the salary”.

The electric union announced that the blackout occurred due to a lack of capacity during the 24-hour period during Thursday., with a maximum impact of 840MW at night. For Friday, it announced a reduction of 750MW in daylight hours.

Out of service due to the breakdown are units 6, 7 and 8 of Mariel Thermoelectric Power Plant, Otto Parellada unit, 4 of Nuevitas, 1 and 2 of Felton and 6 of Rent, while the unit is under maintenance. Thermoelectric. In addition, there are still limits on thermal output of the order of 423 MW.

The Cuban electricity generation system has collapsed for yearsHowever, the worsening of the situation occurred at the beginning of the current summer.

“The system has an installed capacity of 6,550MW and 2,500 are available today, to 2,900MW of demand,” the Minister of Energy and Mines, Liván Aronte, acknowledged in July, which he said added to the increase in demand. 100 MW above normal in recent weeks.

Arronte remembered that There are 20 generation units in Cuba, 19 of which have an average of more than 37 years of operation. “A thermoelectric plant is designed to last about 25 years,” he said, and today has “16 of its capital maintenance cycles.”

Similarly, in the case of generator sets, which produce energy with fuel oil and diesel, these are 30% and 44% respectively today. It assured the minister, referring to a reduction in fuel shipments from Venezuela, the island’s main supplier, due to a “lack of resources to put them into operation”, and which has increased its exports to Asia and Europe, to the detriment of their loss. political allies for.

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