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High temperatures, which boosted demand, led Argentina to import electricity from Brazil. The exchange system, designed to compensate for shortages, was put into operation this afternoon, shortly before the demand for electricity reached a new historical record according to data from Cammesa.

Sources from the Ministry of Energy reported that shortly before 1:00 p.m., Argentina began to import Brazilian energy. As detailed by the dependency leading Dario Martinez, at that time the exchange was approximately 490 MW.

The exchange system does not imply a payment to Brazil for the energy consumed, Infobae reported. The two countries compensate the loans that are requested after resorting to the generation capacity of the other. “It will return next week”, when temperatures are expected to drop in Buenos Aires and other parts of the country that are currently experiencing a heat wave.

“We had to go up a bit due to a reactive power reserve issue in the Ezeiza synchronous compensators, going down Comahue they discharge and for that we had to go up a bit in Brazil. To balance the system”, explained the same source.

At 2:10 p.m., data from Cammesa showed that electricity demand from the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) reached 28,132 MW, a new historical record. The previous record did not last long: it was the previous day, Thursday, January 13, when at 3:14 p.m. a peak of 27,550 MW had been reached.

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