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Cuban Government Extends Import Possibility for Power Plants: Challenges and Reflections by Luis Silva

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Cuban Government Extends Import Possibility for Power Plants: Challenges and Reflections by Luis Silva

Cuban Government Extends Importation of Power Plants Amid Fuel Shortages

The Cuban government has announced the extension of the possibility of importing non-commercial power plants until March 31, 2024. This decision comes in response to the ongoing energy crisis in the country, characterized by frequent blackouts.

The extension applies to air, sea, postal, and courier shipments, allowing for the importation of power plants with a power greater than 900 watts. Travelers to Cuba can now bring up to two power plants as part of their accompanied luggage, with an annual limit of $1,000. Online platforms like Bazar Virtual offer these power plants for around 390 USD.

However, despite the increased flexibility in importing power plants, the main challenge that Cubans now face is the limited access to fuel. CIMEX announced in August 2022 that gasoline sales to plant owners are restricted to only 10 liters, subject to availability at CUPETs. In addition, a permit signed by the municipality mayor is required to purchase fuel in containers of up to 20 liters.

Renowned Cuban actor Luis Silva, known for his role as Pánfilo in the comedy program Vivir del Cuento, recently addressed these issues on Instagram. Silva expressed frustration over the difficulty of obtaining fuel to power the imported plants. He also humorously commented on the plethora of different cards used for various transactions in Cuba.

Many of Silva’s followers responded to his post with support and excitement for the return of Vivir del Cuento to Cuban television. Silva confirmed that the show is in the scriptwriting phase and reassured fans that they are working on bringing it back soon.

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As Cubans navigate the challenges of the energy crisis and fuel shortages, the importation of power plants offers a potential solution to the ongoing blackouts plaguing the country. However, the issue of access to fuel remains a significant obstacle for many.

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