Venezuela inaugurates a «room» to prevent «attacks» against the electrical system

Caracas, Jan 21 (EFE) .- The Minister of Electric Energy of Venezuela, Néstor Reverol, announced this Friday the inauguration of a «situation room» to «prevent» all «threats» against the electrical system of the Caribbean country.

«We are inaugurating a situational room against the electrical war, which seeks to prevent all threats, to attend to an early warning system to discover, prevent and neutralize any attack against public services,» the minister said in a broadcast by the state channel Venezolana de Television (VTV).

Reverol explained that there will be an accident investigation unit in the room that will determine if there are «internal conspiracies,» programmed failures, as well as to detect «who is responsible for these acts of sabotage.»

«This unit will be in coordination with the Ministry of the Interior, by experts from the Cicpc (Scientific, Penal and Criminal Investigations Corps), who will be at the command of the national electricity system to deepen the investigations in real time,» he added.

He also said that a unit of remotely piloted aircraft was created with 60 drones that will have «protection and prevention» work, of which 8 will have thermal cameras to make night flights, which will allow «supervising all networks, lines, transmissions, substations».

The minister indicated that a 24-hour surveillance and monitoring room was installed on the 110 electrical substations in the country.

«To date we have installed 300 video surveillance cameras and the goal this year is to reach 1,600,» he said.

On Tuesday, the Venezuelan government denounced a new «attack» against the electrical service that affected the service of the southwestern region of the Caribbean country.

Reverol did not detail at the time how many states in Venezuela were affected.

Venezuelan opponent Henrique Capriles said that it is a «mockery» for Venezuelans to say that the country «is normal», when in less than three weeks of 2022 «pure chaos» has been seen.

Capriles indicated, on his Twitter account, that on Saturday President Nicolás Maduro «promised» to solve the service crisis in Venezuela.

«(But) today Zulia, Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo, Barinas, Lara, Cojedes, Aragua, Carabobo, Falcón, Caracas, and Vargas were left without electricity while other states report fluctuations. Surely they will come back again with the story that everything was a sabotage», he added.

(c) EFE Agency