Explosion injures workers at Simon Bolivar hydro project in Venezuela

Two workers have been injured in an explosion at Venezuela’s 10,300-MW Simon Bolivar hydroelectric project, also known as the Guri dam and hydro project, wire services reported.

The technicians, who suffered first and second degree burns, were performing final tests on the hydro plant’s unit 12, which is currently disconnected from the national SEN network for refurbishment, Business News Americas reported, citing local media.

The Simon Bolivar hydropower project is located in Bolivar State, on the Caroni River.

At the end of last year, Venezuela’s government announced plans to invest around US$1.86 billion in power generation and transmission projects over the course of 2011, with much of the investment earmarked for repairing six of Simon Bolivar’s generation units.

The Inter-American Development Bank provided US$700 million in financing to the government of Venezuela for the work, which is intended to increase the capacity of the Simon Bolivar project by 795 MW.

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