HAVANA, January 14. A massive blackout left the provinces of Guantánamo and Santiago de Cuba without electricity this Saturday night, reported the Cuban Electrical Union (UNE).As explained by the entity, the cause was the shutdown of a Turkish floating electricity generation plant located in the Bay of Santiago de Cuba, from where it supplies energy to eastern Cuba.
“At 9:04 pm, an internal failure occurred in the floating generation of Santiago that triggered service outages of the 110 kV lines of the provinces of Santiago de Cuba and Guantánamo,” indicates the information note published by the UNE and by the Havana Electric Company on Telegram.
According to the text, “at 10:25 pm the damage was restored.” However, complaints about lack of electricity continued on the aforementioned channels.
The UNE assured that it is working to determine the cause of the failure in the floating plant for its subsequent commissioning.
Hours earlier, state media had said that the floating plant located in Santiago de Cuba was paralyzed due to lack of fuel. According to the newspaper Trabajadores, this impact, in addition to breakdowns in six of the Cuban thermoelectric plants, would cause a deficit in generation capacity.
In total, the impact on Saturday was expected to exceed 821 MW at the electrical peak.
The effects of Saturday night were not only in eastern Cuba. In Havana, dozens of people were complaining late at night on the Telegram channel of the Electric Company about the intermittency in the service, and about blackouts of several hours.
Meanwhile, the Cuban government will increase the electricity rate by 25 percent for customers who consume more than 500 kilowatts/hour. According to the island’s authorities, it is a measure to encourage savings, to which, yesterday, several Internet users responded that the service provided by the company was not even worth what Cubans currently paid.