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Venezuela buys power from Colombia amid blackouts

Venezuela buys power from Colombia amid blackouts

Colombia is supplying electricity to a Venezuelan state along the countries' shared border to help the government of President Hugo Chavez avoid rationing power in the region, a top official said Friday.
Energy Minister Ali Rodriguez said Colombia is supplying the western state of Zulia with 110 megawatts of electricity as a means of meeting rapidly rising power consumption.
Zulia was hit by a major blackout last week when several transformers exploded.
"We are buying electricity from Colombia," Rodriguez told Union Radio. "The effort is aimed at resolving (the problem) in the short term."
Venezuela has experienced three major blackouts in the past three months.
Earlier this week, government officials announced a series of measures aimed at reducing demand, including rolling blackouts, hefty fines on consumers that use excessive electricity and a resolution requiring businesses to install fuel-powered generators.
Venezuela's state-run utility company, Corpoelec, is preparing to begin imposing rolling blackouts in several regions, but Rodriguez has not provided details or said how many of Venezuela's 24 states will be affected by the measures.


Updated : 2021-06-16 06:21 GMT+08:00