Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The power ring restored power to Caracas in just 30 minutes during the December blackout

It worked! The power plants that form the so-called 'power ring' of Caracas contributed to the fast restoration of electric power during the December blackout. The “National” newspaper quoted that according to data from top management at Corpoelec, the service was restored 30 to 50 minutes after the blackout, thanks to the electric capacity of the Caracas 'power ring', a series of power plants that were installed around Caracas between 2010 and 2012.

Derwick has been commissioned to build plants Picure, Guarenas I and II, and Raisa I and I, which together have a total capacity of 576 megawatts.

According to the Venezuelan Minister of Energy, Jesse Chacon, the last blackout was caused by a release of a driver, a device which conducts electricity in the transmission line 765 of the national power system. The Venezuelan minister denied that the limits of the transmission were caused by an excess of demand or by generation deficit, since the system generates 21,000 MW and at the time of the power failure, demand was at 17,000 MW. "There was capacity for 4,000 megawatts, " said the minister.

Chacon said that sending troops to monitor the electrical network is an almost impossible task. He explained that it’s impractical to monitor so many miles of electrical lines in the country, 24 hours a day, "tower by tower".

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