Electricity Restored in Cuba - Pinar del Rio, Cuba, Oct 26 (Prensa Latina)
More than 99 percent of Cuban territory has been connected to the national power grid, as a result of hard work to reestablish electricity services damaged by hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Works will be completed soon in Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Rio, as well as in eastern Las Tunas province and the Isla de la Juventud special municipality.
Speaking at a ceremony to see off the brigades that carried out the recuperation works, Cuban Vice President Carlos Lage noted the effort made by technicians and experts to repair the facilities damaged by the two hurricanes.
“It is a very risky profession that requires good training, will and a spirit of solidarity,” he stressed.
Many of the workers who worked in this region were also affected by the hurricanes. However, they assisted in the recuperation works since the very beginning, he added.
Lage explained that part of that labor force would work to reestablish power in communities where recuperation has not been completed yet.
The Cuban vice president pointed out that after being hit by two devastating hurricanes, Pinar del Rio has the safest system at present, as works also included improvement of the power network.
More than 6,500 posts, 526 transformers and some 49,000 lines were installed, and more than 1,000 secondary improvements were made in 54 days of work, he said.
“At present, residents in Vueltabajo (as this zone is also known) enjoy a more stable and reliable electrical network,” he stressed.
Lage recalled that the country faced the hurricanes in better conditions than in previous years, due to the effectiveness of the groups of power generators, among other investments made to improve the national power grid.
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