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SIMFEROPOL, November 24. /TASS/. The first stage of the power bridge from Krasnodar Region to Crimea will be commissioned by December 20, Russia’s Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Tuesday.
"The first stage was scheduled to be completed in March 2016 but we tasked our energy specialists to revise this term," the minister said, adding that December 20 is the deadline.
According to April decree of the Russian Government, the first stage of the power bridge with the capacity up to 400 MW should be launched by December 25, 2015. The power bridge to Crimea is under construction within the framework of the federal target program for Crimea development by 2020.
Faultless operation of existing power generation facilities should be supported in Crimea in power blockade conditions, Russia’s Energy Minister went on to say.
"We must support reliable operation of power generating equipment actually providing for about 35-40% of electric power in conditions of an actual energy blockade," the minister said. "We need to ensure timely maintenance of equipment in rolling power cuts environment to support reliable operation until connection with the Kuban energy system," Novak added.
The primary task Crimean authorities are facing is to provide energy to social facilities, Russia’s Energy Minister said on Tuesday after the meeting on emergency response measures against Crimea’s power disconnection by Ukraine.
"We assume operations of social sphere facilities should be supported in the first instance until electricity supply from the Kuban energy system. These are hospitals and social facilities. Schedules of electric power supply to the housing fund should be prepared to the full extent," the minister said.
Thirteen mobile gas turbine stations with 22 MW capacity each are currently deployed in Crimea and will undergo maintenance and repair on rotation basis.
Crimea is suffering from electricity shortage after Ukraine stopped delivering electric power because of explosions on its power transmission lines.