Water Level in Venezuela’s Guri Dam Still “Very Critical:” Minister

10 May 2016 by OOSKAnews Correspondent
CARACAS, Venezuela

The water level at the Guri Dam (also known as the Simon Bolivar Dam), the source of 70 percent of Venezuela’s hydropower production, “remains very critical,” Energy Minister Luis Motta Doninguez said following an aerial tour of the dam this week.Motta did not give the measurement, but in late April the dam was at 242.07 meters above sea level, two meters above the minimum threshold required for its turbines to function.Water levels in the country’s 17 other hydroelectric dams have also dropped to critically low levels.Venezuela depends on hydropower for 60 percent of its electricity supply...

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