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Venezuelan Government to Strengthen National Electric Grid

The Venezuelan government has announced that it will add 4,007 megawatts in capacity to the country’s electrical grid, which will allow it to overcome an energy crisis caused by the El Niño climate phenomenon. The announcement was made on Tuesday, February 6 by the Minister of People’s Power for Electric Energy, Alí Rodríguez.

As part of the actions to strengthen the Venezuelan electrical system, new power-generation equipment will be purchased and will be installed immediately in strategic areas of the country.

Amongst the new equipments is a 20 megawatt unit for the Tacoa thermoelectric plant, located in the northern-central state of Vargas. During the inspection of this new unit, Rodriguez said that the Venezuelan govenment will continue its efforts so the country can add 15,000 megawatts of capacity by 2015.

The minister explained that the new thermoelectric plants installed in Vargas will generate a total of 134 megawatts, which will fully serve Caracas, the capital city.

“We’ve held daily meetings and we are receiving information about the installation of the generating capacity and the acquisition of equipment to install them immediately,” said the minister.

Rodriguez remarked that the Venezuelan government not only has started an energy savings plan, but it has strengthened investments in this area during recent years.

Bolivarian News Agency, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republi of Venezuela in the U.S. Press and Communications Office / February 16, 2010                 

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