Venezuela’s government sets out grid improvement plans for 2014

Recent blackouts suffered by Venezuelans are forcing the government to make grid improvements a priority for next year.

A blackout occurred earlier this month, which affected more than half of Venezuela, following a failure in part of the national grid’s 765 kV transmission system.

Acknowledging this, Jesse Chacon Escamillo, minister of energy, announced that: “We will start with the 765 kV line – changing safety and communication systems.

He also added that there will be an expansion of transmission and distribution in the central regions to improve supply, reports BNamericas.

Among the government’s plans for new generation capacity, there is the addition of a new 257 MW unit at the Fabricio Ojeda hydropower plant, along with capacity increases at the Jose Antonio Paez and Simon Bolivar hydroelectric facilities through upgrades and modernization.

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