The Cienfuegos Thermoelectric Plant joins the list of breakdowns in Cuba

The Cienfuegos Thermoelectric Plant joins the list of breakdowns in Cuba

HAVANA, May 20  What is considered the most efficient thermoelectric plant in Cuba’s electrical system, the Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, in Cienfuegos, joined the list of generating plants,more than ten, which have suffered breakdowns since last week until now.

According to the state Electrical Union (UNE) of Cuba, unit three of that installation suffered a breakage and went out of service, which means 145MW less generation for the beginning of the week on the Island, where blackouts due to generation deficit They last for 24 hours and can last up to almost 20 hours in a day in some locations outside of Havana.

Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, which last week was legitimized as the first Cuban state company to certify its energy management through the ISO 50001 Standard, was in the start-up process on Monday and should operate again during the day, the UNE assured.

However, this new unforeseen event adds to the breakdowns that have occurred in other plants in the country in recent days, some of them recently undergoing maintenance processes.


In the official note of the state entity, in addition to unit 3 of Cienfuegos, units 2 of Felton and unit 5 of Renté are damaged, while units 1 and 3 of Santa Cruz del Norte and unit 1 of Felton remain under maintenance.

For peak hours, the maximum deficit will be 975MW, given the demand of 3,350MW and the availability of only 2,445MW, UNE predicted. On Sunday the maximum impact was 1,094MW.

This situation is known after between Thursday and Friday the number of non-operating thermoelectric plants rose to nine and officials from the UNE and the Ministry of Energy and Mines had to come out to give explanations.

Vicente de la O Levy, head of the sector, denied over the weekend the collapse of the national electricity system, ensuring that the wave of blackouts suffered by Cubans is a temporary contingency due to the more than 700MW out of service due to scheduled maintenance. the thermoelectric plants, to presumably ensure their operation during the summer months, as well as other unforeseen breakdowns.

“We are aware of the lack of electricity that is being caused to the entire people of Cuba, and the long hours of damage, but everything is due to the large maintenance load, mainly by Felton,” said De la O Levy. .

The minister acknowledged that another problem that makes it difficult to reinforce generation is the impossibility of supplying fuel to the engines and generator sets scattered throughout the Island, which support the so-called distributed generation.

Despite this, the official denied that there is a fuel shortage at this time. He said that what has happened is that transportation has become “complex.”

One of the provinces most affected by the energy contingency is Villa Clara, to the point that on Saturday only 35% of the territory woke up with service and economic activity is practically paralyzed. There, starting this Monday, schools reduced their teaching hours.

As if that were not enough, the state-run CUPET reported in recent days about the lack of availability of liquefied gas for sale to the population in the established cycles in several provinces.

At the end of last week, popular protests took place in neighborhoods of Baracoa, in Guantánamo, after more than ten hours of blackout. Likewise, the regime militarized large areas of Santiago de Cuba to prevent a similar situation from occurring there.

During the most recent electrical crisis, on March 17, demonstrations occurred in several territories of the country.