El Niño Effects Threaten Functionality Of Key Venezuela Dam

CARACAS

The Venezuelan electricity system has been in crisis since 2009. One of the triggers of this deficit is the effects of El Niño in Venezuela, caused by climate change. It is known that the Simón Bolívar Hydroelectric Plant (formerly Central Raúl Leoni) is responsible for the production of more than 60% of the energy volume consumed by the country, with a total production measure equivalent to 10,000 MW. By 2019, however, the hydroelectric plant is only producing a total of 5,000 MWh, motivated by the stoppage of four of its most important units and by 79% in the descent of the water level contributed by the Caroni River, main flow from which the plant is supplied.

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