Monday, August 07, 2017

Regime caused floods

The supreme idiocy cum absolute incompetence of the regime is on display again today in Bolivar state, and with tragic consequences. The ill management of the Caroni river dams is causing floods in the lower course with perhaps thousands of people losing their homes. ALL caused by ideology and incompetence. I know, it is redundant but I write it on purpose.

This La Llovizna park in Puerto Ordaz today. I hope it is closed to the public.

This is La Llovizna on a normal day, which should be 365 days a year considering all the regulating reservoirs upstream.

What happened?

This tweet of mine below as you can see does not reproduce anymore a previous tweet from the regime company Vetelca. In that tweet we could see a whole bunch of employees cheering Maduro as if he were the rain god that allowed for the Guri to fill up again and forcing the gates that control excess flow to reopen after many years.

I have already explored extensively the electrical crisis of Venezuela which is due part ideology part incompetence to which you apply graft. A more detailed post on the subject is here.

The point here is that the Caroni dam system is designed to produce up to 80 gigawats, about Venezuelan needs, or the needs of many a country. But Chavez and his idiotic ministers Giordani and Rodriguez decided that they were unnecessary, an ecological disaster (to be proven). So even the studies were stopped for anything above Guri except, perhaps, for the Tayucay site.

Now, from the pic on the left you can see that the Guri damn is the central piece of the system. It controls the flow downstream and thus insures a year long stable production. The guri production itself varies according the season but that could be improved by building at least 4 more dams upstream which combined could add an extra 30 giga while maxim up Guri.

In short, good management of the existing dam is enough to produce all of Venezuelan needs for a year, the climatic up and downs compensated through thermoelectric plants which is no problem in oil rich Venezuela.

But all of this you sort of knew already.  The point here is that the management is so lousy that the obsession of the regime to fill up the Guri as if all depended on the water level has caused the current flood (and who knows what structural damage to the walls of the dams and their turbines).  See, Guri does not need to be filled up right away as soon as rainy season starts. Just for a quick search I could dig a couple of climate/flow studies that could serve as a reasonable basis for predictions on the water flow. So, if July rains indicate that you may fill up Guri earlier than expected you must then release some extra water on the side so that you will not have to release all at once and flood all downstream.

But no, Maduro or some asshole decided that the Guri had to be full at all times and the ideologized workers (the professional ones have either left or pushed aside to low key positions) worked on filling up the dam. And suddenly they had to flood Puerto Ordaz.

With climate change, without knowing it, the pre Chavez democracy had come up with a plan that could make Venezuela a 100% clean energy country with little ecological damage (the river fauna is very limited becasue of the nature of the water there).  But chavismo wrecked it, decided to be more climate insensitive and eventually left us with floods and not enough electricity.

That is communism for you.  Only politics and constitutional assembly, no economics nor light nor medicine at home.


  1. Boludo Tejano10:08 PM

    It was a CIA plot to seed the clouds to produce excess rain. The droughts were a CIA plot…..The CIA kidnapped the engineers responsible for Guri…. :)

    My understanding was that like PDVSA before 2002,Guri/hydroelectric was competently staffed. Chavez received staff recommendations to expand hydroelectric capacity, but didn’t follow advice. Hence the ensuing shortages. (It wasn’t as if there had never been droughts before.. Daniel and others covered this back in 2010.)
    Has the Guri/hydroelectric staff been gutted, like PDVSA? Perhaps those engineers who recommended expanding capacity got fired.

    1. They cannot handle droughts. They cannot handle rainy. They cannot handle normal. They can only handle paybacks and corruption. Floods of cash as the scandal at Tocoma/Odebrecht is being revealed.

    2. That's exactly the point, the fundamental cause: Galactic Corruption, as always; the root of the problem. Much more than mere mismanagement, utter idiocy, simple ineptitude or baffling incompetence. Rain or shine. Yet many people often think otherwise and write things as this:

      " ALL caused by ideology and incompetence. I know, it is redundant but I write it on purpose."

      Desole Daniel, but the real cause is the astronomical corruption in Kleptozuela. As you later clarify.. The Savoir Faire is there, there's hundreds of qualified technicians and engineers who know exactly where the problems are, even numerous bloggers here could fix the Guri and the Electricity circus. But the good professionals were kicked out, silenced or demoted by the criminal narco-regime.

      Why? $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, of course. Paybacks, corruption, political gain, Mega-Guisos, at all levels (bogus new equipment, maintenance, filthy contracts, etc, etc.)

      So let's please forget about "ideology" or mere "incompetence". Same as in the pathetic, deficient oil industry, it could be fixed rather quickly and easily.

      How?? Just a little less Corruption. That's all. T

  2. Jolly Land2:56 PM

    I'm listening to my CD collection of Palito Ortega as I write this.

  3. Anonymous3:34 PM

    Keep voting for them sir. Keep voting.

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  5. Boludo Tejano5:32 PM

    I am reminded of some Ph.D. writing a year or two ago that the reason for Venezuela's electricity shortages was that Venezuela's electricity consumption had increased. Thus the shortages were the symptom of an expanding economy, a symptom of prosperity. There was a slight problem with that analysis. From 1998 to 2013, Venezuela had the smallest percentage increase in Electric power consumption (kWh per capita) in Latin America.

    World Bank: World Development Indicators


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