The promise of the Minister of Energy and Mines, Vicente de la O Levy, to have with “better conditions” in the supply of electrical energy in Cuban homes for the hottest months. Despite his statements this Saturday in cubadebatethe Electric Union (UNE) record blackouts of up to 20 hours throughout the Island.
The company explained that the service was interrupted from 7:15 am on Sunday until 4:07 am on Monday. The maximum impact occurred on Sunday at 8:30 pm, with a generation deficit of 736 megawatts (MW).
The claims on social networks did not wait and Internet users reported incidents in different areas of the island. A user from Sancti Spíritus warned that there were blackouts of more than six hours in 11 circuits in the province. “Things have to be bad,” he wrote, alluding to the difficulties of electricity generation.
A collaborator of this newspaper in that province was able to verify that, in effect, in several municipalities the electrical service is interrupted every four hours, a situation that is also repeated in other municipalities of Ciego de Ávila, Cienfuegos and Villa Clara, both during the day like early morning However, the most serious mishaps occur in rural areas, he explains.
Among the messages of indignation addressed to the UNE, a user from Santiago de Cuba pointed out that power outages in the province are frequent in the afternoon or early morning, making it difficult to rest. “Do you think that the analysis parameters for a pregnant woman can be normal after not sleeping due to a blackout of almost five hours and waking up in the dark?” She questioned, describing the situation as psychological abuse.
Despite the usual instability of the SEN, the head of Energy and Mines said that maintenance work has been completed on the eve of the peak consumption season
As the hottest season begins in Cuba, the frequency and duration of blackouts increase. The symptoms that the National Electric System (SEN) begins a phase of new deterioration returned this Saturday, when the UNE reported that the service had been interrupted for 20 hours. The prospects for this Monday are not encouraging either, as the company anticipates that the cuts will continue due to a deficit in the generation capacity of 400 MW.
According to the UNE report, unit 1 of the Santa Cruz thermoelectric plant (Mayabeque), unit 5 of Antonio Maceo (Renté, in Santiago de Cuba), unit 2 of Felton (Holguín) and Energas-Boca de Jaruco, in Puerto Escondido. In addition, Guiteras, unit 5 of Nuevitas and unit 6 of Renté are under maintenance.
Despite the usual instability of the SEN, the head of Energy and Mines told the official press that maintenance work has been completed on the eve of the peak consumption season and assured that the projections point to “a considerable decrease in the effects ” For this summer.
The minister justified that the cut schedule could not be met in the first months of the year and hid behind the damage caused to the power lines by forest fires, which forced the SEN to be disconnected four times in February.
In the interview with the official media, the official also promised that there will soon be “a recovery” in the supply of fuels, which will lead to a decrease in the “uncomfortable queues” at gas stations, although he did not allude to the movement of oil tankers in the island’s ports in recent months, and at the government secrecy about its cargo and origin.
This Monday, according to the maritime observation pages, the tanker Nicos IV (Havana), which sails under the flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; he Marianna VV (Matanzas), with the flag of Liberia; he NQ Calypso (Moa, Holguín), with the flag of the Netherlands. In addition, the arrival in Santiago de Cuba of the oil tanker is expected Scott Hamburgcoming from Kaliningrad, Russia, and flying the Maltese flag, and from the Cuban tanker Wilmawhich will arrive in Cienfuegos from Venezuela.
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