OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE COMMUNIST PARTY OF CUBA CENTRAL COMMITTEE
Trees are being felled to protect power lines. Photo: Vicente Brito

The Electrical Union of Cuba (UNE) is undertaking preparations to prevent and deal with possible damage to the country’s infrastructure by Hurricane Irma.
Speaking to Granma on the afternoon of September 6, Lázaro Guerra, the UNE’s technical director, stated, “Contingents with the necessary human and material resources are prepared,” to reach areas affected by the meteorological event.
Guerra went on to note that, in order to protect power lines, trees located near key circuits are being felled or pruned. Meanwhile work is underway to check the functioning of emergency generators and their fuel supplies “in order to have vital services, in the event of a power outage.”
Given the threat posed to solar parks by hurricane Irma, measures are also being taken to protect the 29 facilities in operation around the country, and the other 10 currently under construction.
Likewise, checks are being carried out on the island’s over 130 micro-power systems, in order to reduce the impact of any problems which could be caused to the electricity system.