Similar to what happened in March 2019, the attacks on the Venezuelan electrical infrastructure seek to achieve destabilizing political objectives.
Energy Minister Nestor Reverol said that the disruption in the electric service recorded on Thursday morning in eastern Caracas resulted from an attack or sabotage against the supply system in the capital, which was performed to create unrest among the population.
Reverol informed that there was a disruption in lines 1 and 2 of the Capital District, and the damage affected 30 percent of the electrical system in the Capital Region. This resulted in the shutdown of Cota Mil, Santa Rosa, Chacao, and Magallanes electrical substations.
Over 90 percent of the country's service was reactivated by around 12:00 p.m. "Currently, the National Electric System in the whole country is stable," Reverol added.
At this moment, the downed conductors are being replaced. The detachment of these conductors also caused an outbreak of fire in Warairepano, but the forest firefighters controlled it. In a few hours, the service will be restored in Lagunita, Palo Verde, Hoyo de las Tapias, and Caicaguana.
On Sept. 13, another terrorist attack directly affected a power transformer, which exploded and caused damage in several areas, as well as a loss of 75 megawatts at the power substation in Lamas municipality, in Aragua state.
Previously, in March 2019, two massive blackouts hit Venezuela. These affected all the country and impacted transportation services, drinking water supply, and communications. For 11 days, Venezuelans remained without power due to attacks against their electrical system.
At that time, the then President Donald Trump was trying to destabilize this South American country by helping the opposition to overthrow Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.