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Wednesday, July 18 2018 @ 10:39 AM EDT

Damage Takes Bahia Las Minas Power Plant Offline

Infrastructure UpgradesThe coal burning power plant operated by GDF Suez located in Bahia Las Minas in the province of Colon, with the capacity to produce up to 120 megawatts, was taken off line on Thursday afternoon due to a problem in the system.

In mid-March an electrical panel at the Panam plant in La Chorrera caught fire, removing the 93 megawatt facility from the system.

The coal burning plant is the second thermal production facility that has gone inoperative during this dry season, further narrowing the gap between supply and demand for electricity in the country.

These two plants produce a combined total of more than 200 megawatts that must be supplied by other sources, in order to avoid having to ration the supply of electrical power among users.

Due to the damage to the coal plant, the National Dispatch Center has had to use more power from hydro generation, further reducing the water supply in the reservoirs.

The operations and maintenance team from the Bahia Las Minas power plant are working to return the plant to operation, said Fernando Tovar, the Director of the company GDF Suez Energy Central America. (Prensa)

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