The Antonio Guiteras Thermal Power Plant in Matanzas, the largest electrical block in Cuba, has been temporarily disconnected (at least 72 hours) since last night, December 19. According to the authorities of the Electricity Company (UNE), the goal is to ensure its operation by the end of the year and the beginning of 2024. That is, to avoid the maximum number of power outages during this holiday season.
According to UNE, in Facebook pageTechnicians will carry out work on the output transformer and regenerative air heaters for the plant located in Matanzas, west of the island.
“At 10:47 p.m., CTE Guiteras went out of service to perform maintenance on the output transformer and regenerative air heaters, which will continue for approximately 72 hours.
The technical director of the thermoelectric station, Roman Pérez Castañeda, told Radio Rebelde that the exit from the national electric power system will be “short and will not exceed 72 hours.”
Guiteras is scheduled for three months of capital maintenance starting in October next year, but first it needs some “corrections,” according to Perez Castañeda.
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The downtime occurred after the first unit of the Filton Thermal Power Station, in Holguin, another important electricity generation area, was able to come online.
The Antonio Guiteras Thermal Power Plant was forced to stop several times due to technical problems and planned maintenance, but major repairs are still pending, which have been postponed more than once and are expected to be carried out next year.
According to the latest report from UNE in Cuba, Unit 3 of CTE Santa Cruz, Unit 6 of CTE Rente and Unit 2 of CTE Felton were out of service due to a malfunction. Likewise, maintenance is carried out in Unit 5 of CTE Mariel.
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