The maintenance works started in late 2004 in Cuba’s thermoelectric stations will continue at a faster speed and with better results in 2005, according to local media.
The aim for 2005 is to reach 68 percent power availability, Cuban Electricity Union (UNE) Power Supply director Pedro Abigantus stated during a meeting with the sector executives and Basic Industry Minister Yadira Garcia.
This is the main reason for the maintenance works, upgrading, partial and complete repairs planned, which will give greater stability and reliability to the system, he explained.
Meanwhile, works to improve the transmission and distribution networks, national generator production, and the adaptation of plants to using Cuban gas produced from the locally-extracted oil will continue, the director added.
In the second semester of 2005, the situation is likely to improve with the gradual insertion of the newly repaired facilities, UNE officials noted, while urging society as a whole to apply energy-saving measures.
The maintenance program must be strictly fulfilled, taking into account the negative consequences of any delay, Garcia indicateded. She also recalled the power-cut program is in force, although the service interruptions will be as avoided as much as possible.
It was disclosed in the meeting that 817,915 houses have been linked to the national power grid from 1989 to 2004, directly benefiting more than three million inhabitants.
The works during 2004 favored 47,500 houses, a figure below the plan, as resources were urgently needed to repair damages caused by hurricanes.
Currently, 95.5 percent of the houses in Cuba use electricity supply.