New(ly revived) gas-fired generation

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.

3 thoughts on “New(ly revived) gas-fired generation

  1. Dagoberto

    I wouldn’t say the Guri crisis is already over this year.

    Guri lake inflow went from 580 m3/s (April 5th) to 6385 m3/s (April 20) in just 15 days. That’s not normal, and we may be witnessing an isolated peak.

    For instance, in 2009 there was a similar peak where inflow went from about 1600 m3/s (March 1st) to 6200 m3/s (March 15th), but after that the average inflow was around 3000 m3/s up to mid June, and 2009 was, so far, a better year than 2010.

    Besides, right now Guri is still following the curve that put the crisis back to the first week of June. We should wait 15 days more before feeling relieved.

  2. Bill Simpson in Slidell, LA.

    The sign is a classic, even to someone who only speaks English. I’m guessing that it isn’t a good place for a swim.

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