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US blockade restricts production of largest sawmill in Cuba

US blockade restricts production of largest sawmill in CubaPINAR DEL RIO, Dec 2 (ACN) Cuba's largest sawmill has so far only processed 9.500 cubic meters of timber due to the energy situation in the country, due to the tightening of the blockade imposed by the U.S. government.

For this date, in the center located in the Pinar del Rio municipality of Guane, 19.260 meters must be sawn, mainly for the construction and prioritized programs of the nation.
But fuel limitations; caused by pressure from the current American administration to prevent the arrival of ships with oil in Cuban ports, have forced a readjustment of the number of customers to be satisfied, about 120 throughout the country.
Jose Armas, director of the entity, told ACN that as part of the high-priority orders, now they focus mainly on wood for manufacture of cribs and coffins.
The demands of the Housing program will be assumed by another sawmill, he specified; however, the demands of the regional cigar companies are not forgotten, due to the importance of these productions for the national economy.
Armas added that 1.6 megawatt/hour as a daily average for sawmill work, currently they consume about 0.7, also taking into account the adoption of saving measures, including the cessation of work during the so-called peak hours of energy consumption.

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