MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The situation with Crimea’s power supply has stabilized, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Wednesday at a meeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin with government members.
"The situation has stabilized, the most difficult period since the switch-off on November 22 of all four threads of power transmission lines leading from Ukraine’s power grid to Crimea is over," Novak said.
According to him, one of the lines linking Crimea with Ukraine has been commissioned. "As of today, the overall power without account for diesel generator units totals some 800-850 megawatts. It is 80-100% of the demand depending on the time and regime of operation," he said.
In Novak's words, currently the installed power in Crimea totals some 900 megawatts, which provides for 100% of the peninsula’s needs. "It means there are no switched-off consumers, but it’s in daytime," he said.
Novak noted the maximum consumption is registered at night and in the morning. "At that time we will still experience the deficit of electric power of about 200 MW, that is some 20%," the energy minister said.
He pointed out the next stage will be the commissioning of another line of power exchange to Crimea, which is to take place by December 15.
Crimea was left without power overnight to November 22 after unknown assailants blew up electricity pylons in Ukraine’s Kherson Region. An energy saving regime was imposed on the peninsula, with many enterprises suspending their activity; rolling blackouts started in all inhabited localities.
The situation stabilized after the launch on December 2 of the first thread of the "energy bridge" from Russia’s southern Krasnodar Territory, which gave the peninsula an additional 250 MW of electric power.
Crimea’s authorities said they believe former deputy prime minister of the republic, ATR television channel owner Lenur Islyamov, Ukrainian parliament deputies Refat Chubarov, Mustafa Dzhemilev and militants from the Right Sector extremist organization, banned in Russia, who joined them, organized the blowing up.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) is investigating a criminal case under Russian Criminal Code Article 281 part 2 "Sabotage". The article envisions punishment for those guilty of up to 20 years in prison.