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Cuba Takes 200-MW Power Plant Off Line Amid Depot Blaze

  • Third fuel tank catches fire at Cuban industrial complex
  • The communist island is struggling to keep power flowing
Flames and smoke rise from a fuel depot in Matanzas, Cuba on August 8.

Flames and smoke rise from a fuel depot in Matanzas, Cuba on August 8.

Photographer: Yamil Lage/AFP/Getty Images

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Cuba was forced to take one of its largest power plants off line Monday due to the massive fire at the Matanzas fuel depot, deepening an already severe energy crisis on the Caribbean island. 

The Ministry of Energy and Mines said it had disconnected the 200 MW Antonio Guiteras thermoelectric plant from the grid due to a lack of water. Cuba’s Communist Party -- a government mouthpiece -- said the fire at the nearby Matanzas industrial complex had interfered with water delivery to the plant.