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    With an output of 400 MW, seven Turkish floating power plants will not prevent blackouts in Cuba


    November 29, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The last of the Turkish floating power plants arrived in Cuba last November 15, began testing its engines on Monday to, "in the next few days", provide 110 megawatts (MW) of power through the National Electric System (SEN).

      "Today the adjustment up to engine number three was completed, in the afternoon of today will begin the adjustment and start-up of engine number four and, so on, five and six," Rafael Rigoberto Matos García, general director of Distributed Generation of Havana, told official television, who described the tests as "satisfactory".

      Belonging to the Turkish company Karpowership, integrated in Karadeniz Holding, the seven plants of this type in Cuba, distributed between the port of Mariel and Havana, which need fuel oil to operate, are, in the words of the official press, "part of the strategy to gradually increase generation capacities and keep the country away from the effects of load deficits".

      However, once they are all synchronized with the SEN, they will contribute little more than 400 MW, an insufficient figure to alleviate the energy deficit on the island. This very Monday, for example, the Cuban Electric Union reported a "maximum effect" of 1,057 megawatts.

      Not in vain, the authorities predict that in 2023 the Turkish units will only provide between 18% and 20% of the island's electricity.

      In its daily message, the state-owned company detailed, as usual, the rosary of thermoelectric plants that have broken down or are under maintenance: Mariel, Tallapiedra, Nuevitas, Felton, Santa Cruz, Nuevitas, Renté and, after leaving the system again, Guiteras. In total, they represent an "unavailable" generation of more than 1,600 MW, something that the floating power plants would not even come close to supplying.

      Not in vain, the authorities predict that in 2023 the Turkish units will only provide between 18% and 20% of the island's electricity.

      The "importance" of these Turkish power plants was underlined, according to national television, by President Miguel Díaz-Canel during his recent official visit to Istanbul, where he declared: "You are part of the hope of the Cuban people to improve the energy situation".

      Indeed, as acknowledged by the Minister of Energy and Mines, Vicente de la O Levy, Diaz-Canel's tour to Algeria, Turkey, Russia and China had as a priority "the energy issue".

      Although he did not offer many details of the agreements reached in each of the stops of the presidential visit, the official assured that "in the four countries it was a success".

      In Algeria, he said in statements reported by Cubadebate, it was decided to "resume the stable supply of fuel to Cuba" for the supply of power plants, in addition to receiving the donation of "a photovoltaic park to be installed in Havana, but which will be interconnected to the National Electroenergy System and will benefit all the people of Cuba, from Pinar del Río to Guantánamo".

      Similarly, without further specifications, De la O said that in Russia "they talked about supporting the National Electric Power System in matters related to fuel supply, renewable energy and the operation of thermoelectric plants".

      Finally, in China, "actions were pointed out to resume the photovoltaic parks that were stopped due to the lack of financing", as well as "to analyze and make the payment conditions more flexible so that investments continue", the latter in clear allusion to the non-payment of the debt that the Island has with Beijing.

      It remains to be seen whether the trip will have an effect on the Government's objective of "reducing the effects on the population in the month of December", the goal set by Díaz-Canel himself last August for the end of blackouts.

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