In Corpoelec’s report from late December on the electricity crisis, the first aid to the crisis was supposed to come in February when Planta Centro was supposed to come back online and contribute at least 400 MW to the power grid. However, today’s El Nacional says that it just will not be ready.
According to a Professor from Simon Bolivar University, the upgrade of the plant is way behind schedule. He says that if Planta Centro alone were up and running with its full 2,000 MW there would not be an electricity crisis.
The overhaul of Unit #1 began seven years ago and are not ready yet, while the original fist phase of Planta Centro from scratch took the same seven years when the plant was built originally in 1978 in the bad old days of the fourth Republic, which is looking better and better everyday.
Planta Centro has 5 unit and are all currently down according to a report from the interconnected system. So, don’t expect any help from this even if Minister Ali Rodriguez chose Planta Centro as his first site visit as Minister of Electricity.