Construction of Cuba’s largest power station underway

Construction of Cuba’s largest power station underway

HAVANA, March 2th  Construction of Cuba’s largest diesel power station , located in Cienfuegos, is advancing at a satisfactory pace, according to the work schedule.

Using German technology and the most modern of its kind in the country, a total of 40 engines are being installed at the site, which will be responsible for generating 84 Mwh, enough to guarantee 60% percent of local power demand.

Eight of the plant’s diesel engines have already been installed and are ready to generate power, noted Jesús Rey Pérez Crespo, director of the Provincial Electric Company, in charge of investment at the site. Completing the works are construction enterprises supported by local industries.

The plant is located close to the Camilo Cienfuegos Oil Refinery, in order to receive diesel through a pipeline from the refinery, a decision that avoids the further costs of transportation.

In addition to the installation of the pipeline, other projects such as a water conductor, the 110kv transmission line linking the generators to the National Electric Power System, and the expansion of the 220/110 kv substation in Cantarrana, where a 35 hectare plant is being installed, are included in the overall project.

The plant in Cienfuegos is scheduled to be inaugurated in November this year, with works already 68 percent complete by the end of February.

This project is part of a national program through 2023, aimed at installing 200Mwh of power generation in the provinces of Cienfuegos, Villa Clara, Matanzas and Pinar del Río.