About 60,000 users in the city of Buenos Aires and the suburbs of Buenos Aires suffered power outages this Saturday night after a Friday of oppressive heat that had, at its worst, temperatures above 41 °. In the early hours of the weekend, the temperature remains high and makes it difficult for many people to rest.
The National Entity for Electricity Regulation (ENRE), until 5:10, registered 40,051 users in the Edesur area without electricity and 22,026 in Edenor, also without supply. At one point, as happened throughout the week, the website of the body in charge of guaranteeing an adequate electrical service also began to record intermittent failures.
Due to the persistence of the cuts there were protests and demonstrations by those affected for several hours. In fact, a traffic chaos was recorded until late at night on General Paz Avenue, at the height of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Mataderos, where neighbors made a partial cut that ended after 10:30 p.m.
As the ENRE portal specifies, in the area Mataderos, Liniers and Flores are the neighborhoods of the City of Buenos Aires affected by power outages before a new day in which the heat wave impacted the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires , also a good part of the national territory. A similar demonstration was also registered on Thursday, but with a total cut by the neighbors.
The consumption peak
Before that, the Argentine electricity network again suffered failures due to the demand for record demand amid the heat wave that has affected different parts of the country since the beginning of this week. In fact, after 2:00 p.m., the data from the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) published by Cammesa showed a drop in demand and generation with a focus on the Northeast of the country. The Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires was also affected.
The fault is the second of relevance on this Friday of extreme heat. Early in the morning, 150,000 users in the north of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires and neighboring towns of Greater Buenos Aires were left without service for approximately one hour when a distribution substation failed, which was quickly compensated by redirecting the load through other facilities. neighbors
In a statement, the National Electricity Regulatory Entity (ENRE) reported that “at 2:13 p.m. the 220 kV Ezeiza – Zappalorto High Voltage Line 64 went out of service, affecting the High Voltage Line 640 of 132 kV Zappalorto – Merlo, causing a decrease in demand of 850 MW in the western area of the GBA, leaving approximately 300,000 users of Edenor without service”. The problem was fixed an hour later.
In any case, at 6:15 p.m., the ENRE pages reported more than 75,000 users without service in the Edenor (15,831) and Edesur (61,278) concession areas.
The ENRE map detailed problems in Buenos Aires neighborhoods such as Caballito, Liniers, Mataderos, Parque Patricios, San Cristóbal, Villa General Mitre, Barracas, Constitución, Flores, Parque Chacabuco, Retiro, Villa Lugano, Villa Riachuelo, Nueva Pompeya, Villa Crespo, Villa del Parque, Parque Avellaneda and Villa Santa Rita.
In Greater Buenos Aires, Escobar is one of the most affected parties. Canning and San Vicente also stood out for the number of service interruptions. There are also courts in the towns of La Matanza, Marcos Paz, Merlo, Tigre, Ituzaingó, Moreno, Morón, San Isidro, San Miguel, Vicente López, Admiral Brown, Avellaneda, Ezeiza, Lomas de Zamora, Quilmes, Esteban Echeverría, Lanús, Temperley, San Miguel, 3 February, General San Martín, Hurlingham, Pilar, San Fernando and President Perón.
At 2:12 p.m., data from Cammesa showed that electricity demand from the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) reached 28,197 MW, a new historical record. The previous record did not last long: it was the previous day, Thursday, January 13, when at 3:14 p.m. a peak of 27,550 MW had been reached.
The members of SINAGIR (National System for Comprehensive Risk Management) met again this afternoon to evaluate the response of the electrical system. Also the fires and the drought that affect a large part of Argentina will enter the agenda of the organization that also has as its visible head Aníbal Fernández.
“Between 1 and 4 p.m. the peak is expected this Friday,” said SINAGIR spokesmen. Although the alerts will extend at least until this Saturday where temperatures will continue around 38 degrees in the AMBA. During the weekend, according to the National Meteorological Service, rains and storms are expected that will reduce the high temperatures. They seek to avoid the problems of Tuesday, January 11, when with the temperature at 41 degrees, a major outage left 700,000 users without electricity service.
They imported energy from Brazil
At 12.41 on Friday Argentina began importing electricity from Brazil to cover peak demand in the middle of a heat wave which lasted all this week. The exchange system, designed to compensate for energy shortages, was put into operation shortly before the demand for electricity reached a new historical record, according to data from Cammesa.
According to sources from the Ministry of Energy, shortly before 1:00 p.m., Argentina began to import Brazilian energy. As detailed from the dependency that leads Dario Martinez, at that time the exchange was 490 MW approximately.