Venezuela designs plan to cover power deficit

Mar 25, 2002 01:00 AM

Venezuela's mines and energy ministry (MEM) has designed a plan to cover the country's estimated 6,000 GWh power supply deficit for 2002, involving power savings, the installation of new thermo plants and refurbishing old ones, deputy energy minister Nervis Villalobos said. The government's power savings publicity campaign and reduced consumption by the state has not had the desired effect, hence the new plan, Villalobos said.

Efforts to save some plants have not lived up to expectations, and the import of electricity from Colombia has been hampered by guerrilla attacks on Colombia's transmission infrastructure, he added. It is therefore necessary to invest in new and existing plants, and purchase electricity from other generators.
As official procedures make this difficult, the government has approved a decree empowering companies to use, for two years, mechanisms to speed up measures to confront the crisis, the deputy minister said.

The government is hoping to save some 1,500 GWh, add 1,000 GWh in new thermo installations, add 1,000 GWh to the thermo park through refurbishments and buy 2,500 GWh.

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