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Venezuela hit by another vast blackout: Update



By Argus

Petroleumworld 04 01 2019

A new blackout blanketed much of Venezuela and Caracas since about 1:30pm local time today, impacting oil operations just as they were recovering from an earlier catastrophic outage.

Power was restored in some parts of Caracas this afternoon. Among the states affected by the blackout are Anzoátegui, Aragua, Barinas, Carabobo, Falcón, Lara, Mérida, Miranda, Nueva Esparta, Táchira, Vargas and Zulia.

Two state-owned PdV officials at the Jose oil-processing and export terminal in Anzoátegui tell Argus that the outage caused new operational disruptions .

The blackout has also disrupted operations at PdV's 940,000 b/d CRP refining complex, which includes the 635,000 b/d Amuay refinery and the 305,000 b/d Cardón refinery, a senior oil union official at the CRP says.

Communications minister Jorge Rodríguez blamed today´s blackout on sabotage, the same official explanation for the 7 March outage, which lasted several days.

According to officials with state-owned utility Corpoelec, the 7 March blackout originated with a brushfire on the main transmission line that supplies central Venezuela from the 10GW Guri hydroelectric complex.

Many Venezuelans remain without municipal water supply and some are still without power since the sweeping outage in early March.

The electricity ministry and Corpoelec have not commented. Nor has PdV, which depends on Corpoelec for the bulk of its power supplies.



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