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The complex will fire up with a 175MW turbogenerator and a second 175MW unit in October, said oil and mining minister Asdrúbal Chávez, following a site visit. The addition of a 150MW Siemens unit is also envisioned.
Natural gas from the Lago I plant will supply Bachaquero via a 22km pipeline, due to be completed in July.
Power minister Jesse Chacón highlighted the NOC's diesel-to-gas push and diesel supply increase in recent months, due to water problems at the Guri dam.
Chacón also said the first two 30MW units, of a total of six designed to upgrade the Rafael Urdaneta thermo complex, are due to arrive this week and are expected online in the first quarter 2015. The remaining units are scheduled to begin operating later in the year.
He added that Termozulia III will begin operations in 2015, and stabilization of the first 25MW at Guajira wind farm is underway to supply communities in the region.
BNamericas will host its 11th Southern Cone Energy Summit in Lima, Peru, on November 12-13. Click here to download the agenda.