Former minister criticizes Chavez energy plan

The plan by Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez to tackle the energy crisis affecting the South American country is a failure says former director of Electricity at the Ministry of Energy and Mines, Victor Poleo.
 
To-date, only 25 per cent of the planned plants are operational.
 
"The government didn't take into account that the power plants were going to be forced to operation 24/7, which has triggered their collapse," Poleo said according to Noticias Financieras.
 
"This is on top of the lack of access to diesel and the isolated locations, which make it harder for the authorities to access the plants.
 
The former government official went on to say that out of the 1200 MW of capacity installed, only 300 MW was being generated.
 
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