Díaz-Canel describes the situation with the blackouts in Cuba as “complex” and “unstable”

Díaz-Canel describes the situation with the blackouts in Cuba as "complex" and "unstable"

HAVANA, May 16. Amid the wave of blackouts that Cuba is experiencing, the ruler Miguel Díaz-Canel recognized on May 11, in an interview with the Spanish journalist Ignacio Ramonet,published this Wednesday in Granma, that the Island is “in an extremely complex situation regarding energy issues.”

According to him, under his management “electricity generation fails due to lack of fuel, lack of maintenance or the coincidence of the two factors.”

In short, the blame for the blackouts is “the technological problems” and that “maintenance strategies” have been organized thinking “that there will be a lower level of effects in summer”, but things have become complicated because “there has been the coincidence of several plants that had scheduled maintenance, planned and that are being developed, but simultaneously others have broken,” he said.

“We have not been able to close the national electricity system for more than five days within twenty-four hours, which means that at all times we have had some level of blackout, and that, successively, undoubtedly damages, complicates the situation, causes unrest. , causes misunderstandings and hardens the lives of Cubans,” said Raúl Castro’s successor.

Among the reasons why the country has “an unstable electrical system” in which “strong blackouts” occur, Díaz-Canel began by alluding to the fact that the Island’s electrical system is composed, on the one hand, of thermoelectric plants, thermal energy generation, which runs on national fuel.

He added that it is a heavy crude oil with sulfur, which is why it needs constant repairs.

“More than $300 million a year is needed to maintain this national electrical energy system and that availability has not existed. This means that it has breakages and technological problems more frequently than should be normal in a system like this,” he added.

There is, Díaz-Canel stressed, “another group of sources of electrical energy generation, which are distributed generation engines, especially for use during peak hours, which require diesel and fuel oil, and we have not always had the levels of diesel and fuel oil that we need,” he said, alluding to the fact that the cuts occur due to his Government’s lack of liquidity.

Of course, Díaz-Canel attributed this energy precariousness to the “blockade” (embargo) that prevented diesel and fuel oil from entering the Island between October and April. “We were exhausting the country’s reserves, because we also have a savings program.

This also caused us, due to lack of fuel, severe blackouts, especially in March. At the same time, these generating sets also need spare parts, maintenance that is affected.”

Third, he cited “a small component with alternative sources” about using solar panels.