Venezuela gets a new big gas-fired power plant. I missed this when announced April 19 (too much stuff happened that day) but as of yesterday, Planta Centro Unit 1 is burning natural gas and providing power to the grid.
Click here and look under “PC1” – you’ll see it produced 50 MW yesterday during the peak demand hour.
If they can keep this up and boost power output to anything like its 400 MW rated capacity, that will take a big strain off the national grid. The two gas-fired turbines at Planta Centro haven’t operated at all this year. They provided 4.92 million megawatt-hours of electricity in 2008, which works out to an average power of 562 megawatts at any given time.
Of course this is Venezuela, land of dual realities, so here’s the alternate post:
Guri Lake declines again on rising power demand
Water levels fell 4 cm as flows into the reservoir declined and outflows through the turbines surged to a one-month high, just days after national leaders said the crisis had been averted through conservation.