Venezuela watch: Mobile generator, worker payments, improper maintenance

Friday, July 4, 2014

Venezuela's state electricity firm Corpoelec launched a new 36MVA mobile power generation plant to support electricity service in the city of El Tigre in Anzoátegui state.

The mobile generator is expected to benefit more than 240,000 people, state news agency AVN reported.

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The move is part of a larger effort to increase generation in Anzoátegui, governor Aristóbulo Istúriz was quoted as saying. By July 15 Corpoelec will boost the state's generation capacity by 150MW by increasing generation at the Alberto Lovera thermoelectric plant, the governor added.


Venezuelan power minister and president of Corpoelec Jesse Chacón said the government has paid 90% of back wages and benefits owed to local electricity workers since December of 2012, according to a power ministry release on Friday.

Final debt payments to electricity workers will be paid this month, Chacón added.

The minister's comments come as electricity workers were demonstrating throughout Venezuela over dangerous working conditions and lack of payment.


Corpoelec has failed to conduct maintenance on 16 of the 26 generation plants in Venezuela's capital region, local paper El Nacional reported Friday, citing confidential documents.

The units have been operating up to 14,000 hours without proper maintenance, the newspaper said.

The report comes amidst frequent accusations that improper maintenance is leading to failures across Venezuela's energy infrastructure. Most recently critics alleged a lack of maintenance caused the toppling of eight transmission towers in Monagas.