FILE PHOTO: The corporate logo of the state oil company PDVSA is seen at a gas station in Caracas, Venezuela, January 29, 2019. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA said on Friday it would install 20 generators to make a crude project partly owned by Chevron “independent” of the national grid, after a wave of blackouts crippled crude production in the OPEC nation.

In a statement, the company said the generators had a total capacity of 50 megawatts and would “increase the stability of (electricity) service for the extraction of daily barrels” at fields operated by Petroboscan, a joint venture between PDVSA and Chevron, which owns a 39 percent stake, in western Venezuela.

PDVSA said it expected the generators at the