Venezuela’s biggest fossil-fuelled power plant Planta Centro is operating at 273MW, one fifth of its designed capacity of 2,000MW, intensifying a nationwide power crisis.

The has produced less than 26% of its capacity in the last three months, according to Venezuela’s grid manager, the National Electric System Administration Centre (CNG), reports Bloomberg.

The plant’s low output has affected utilities and manufacturing units, which are rationing electricity.

Venezuela is suffering its most severe electricity crisis in six years due to a drought that cut water levels in the hydro dams that provide 73% of the country’s power.

The government has allocated $3.2m for the overhaul of the plant.