Venezuelan authorities report blackout in 10 states
The general director of the National Center for Power Delivery (CND) stressed that there was a failure at three 400 kV-power transmission lines. The official called upon citizens to make rational use of energy
The official explained that the blackout was caused by a fire at one of the power transmission lines. The blackout then extended to other two power transmission lines. According to Gaviria, that the initial power loss was 5,200 megawatts (MW). Other 1,800 MW were disabled for security reasons.
Overall, 7,000 MW were out of service, that is, nearly 40% of total power consumption, which stands at 18,000 MW, according to information provided by authorities last year.
Gaviria seized the opportunity to urge the population to make rational use of energy as he attributed failures to excess consumption.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.