Venezuela installing emergency towers following latest blackout

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Venezuelan state electricity firm Corpoelec is installing two emergency power transmission towers in the northeastern state of Monagas, Corpoelec said in a press release.

The two towers are part of repair efforts following Venezuela's latest blackout, which cut power to eight states late Friday.

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Friday's blackout was caused by the collapse of eight transmission towers in Monagas, Corpoelec president and Venezuela's power minister Jesse Chacón said in a separate release.

Chacón denied accusations that the two towers, which are 10 and 15 years old respectively, had collapsed due to lack of maintenance. Instead the minister attributed their fall to tornado-like winds triggered by climate change.

Chacón went on to report that power had been restored in all of Venezuela with the exceptions of Monagas and Sucre state.

Venezuela's SEN power grid has suffered frequent blackouts this year and is considered especially vulnerable to the effects of the El Niño weather phenomenon, which is expected to strike South America later this year.