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Gas cannot rescue desperate Venezuela

Venezuela faces the prospect of rolling blackouts this week caused by El Niño-related drought – and gas-to-power cannot fill the breach, experts tell Natural Gas Daily Venezuela faces the prospect of rolling blackouts this week caused by El Niño-related drought – and gas-to-power cannot fill the breach, experts tell Natural Gas Daily.
By Chris Noon 5 April 2016 Americas / Pipelines, Storage & Power 0 19799
Water levels at Venezuela’s Guri dam are dropping close to the minimum needed for power production. (PA)

Venezuela is facing a critical week, with dry conditions caused by the El Niño weather phenomenon hammering the country’s hydroelectric production and threatening rolling blackouts.

The gas-to-power sector is likely to provide only modest relief because of the poor availability of thermoelectric plants, experts have told Interfax Natural Gas Daily.

Water levels at Venezuela’s 8.8 GW Guri hydroelectric power plant, which generates 60-70% of the country’s electricity, are continuing to fall. The reservoir level had fallen to 244.55 metres above sea level on 4...